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California Academy of Sciences

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California Academy of Sciences General Admission Ticket
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California Academy of Sciences General Admission Ticket
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The world’s only aquarium-planetarium-rainforest-living museum. Come nose-to-beak with penguins and parrots, watch sharks and sting rays cruise beneath your feet, and feel the spray of the California coast. Fly to Mars (and beyond the Milky Way...more
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
55 Music Concourse Dr, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118-4503
Golden Gate Park
+1 415-379-8000
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Literally most of my adventures in San Francisco weren't planned I didn't know about this place, I either saw a flag on a pole or when I google mapped Golden Gate Park. The line for the tickets went fast, and it was great to learn...More

Thank wanderlustandsparkle
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I expected more from this museum. I went on a Thursday evening during their weekly nighttime event, and was glad I didn’t pay full price. Although the exhibits were interesting, it was smaller than I thought and we got through it all rather quickly.

Thank travelKathy63
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Absolutely excellent layout and design of a multifaceted attraction. From the huge planetarium theater shows to the three-floor rain forest and aquarium to the world history and natural science hands-on museum...my 19 and 22 year old loved this place! We spent about 4 hours including...More

Thank Dan C
Reviewed 4 days ago

I enjoyed the exhibits, everything from a rain forest to an aquarium and also liked the planetarium shows. Just one of the many things to do in Golden Gate Park

Thank Susan K
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Had the pleasure of attending an evening reception here. With tropical rainforests as the backdrop to a pop-up Street food experience. Exhibition was great, food and cocktails were great and the volunteers who share their passion for everything from butterflies to lizards were contagious in...More

Thank Nichola M
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

A real reef aquarium with big fish ray’s, a swamp area with an living albino alligator and an huge orb with a living peace of rainforest butterfly’s frog’s etc

Thank Daan v
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Academy is simply a first-class Natural History Museum. The undisputed highlight is the Rainforest Exhibit, where you immerse yourself in a living tropical ecosystem enclosed in a giant glass sphere, enjoying trees, flowers, birds, and especially the wide array of butterflies, which you can...More

Thank peaceandenthusiasm
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited here whilst on holiday from the uk. Walked from the far end of Lombard, took around 1 hour. Ticket prices reasonable, grounds around the museum are really well presented. .spent around 2 hours walking around looking at all the exhibits, all very well laid...More

Thank arrong1988
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is amazing and interesting for adults and kids, it has great exhibitions, you can learn in a fun way I love it.

Thank Claudia L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took our three children and we all had a fantastic time. Kids learnt lots and took a real interest in all the exhibitions - they were really well laid out. Went as past of city pass and well worth it.

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Neha S
21 December 2017|
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Response from ER2013family | Reviewed this property |
We were there on a very busy day in August. I agree with Mark37Chicago that this place handles the crowds well. As he said, get there early and get your planetarium tickets as soon as you can. There will be line-ups... More
Rajiv S
17 July 2017|
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Response from Alexander S | Reviewed this property |
Dear Rajiv, you are right that both California Academy of Science in SFO and the Field Museum in Chicago are unique. But they are unique in their own way. I would recommend visiting both of them, as you might discover lots... More
Richelda R
16 June 2017|
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Response from Heidi W | Reviewed this property |
It was very expensive. We were there for a couple of hours and it cost $22. Don't park in the garage! There is street parking just drive around some. It's free to park on the street.