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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
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We spent nearly an entire day at the Academy of Sciences. It was worth the entrance fee. We enjoyed the rainforest, butterflies and the planetarium. The displays were well done, educational and informative.
Museum was really good and worth the price we paid. We loved the rainforest and the planetarium so I’d recommend you get your planetarium free tickets just after you enter the museum to guarantee your seats. Also, stop by the shop just near the entrance...More
My wife and I managed to obtain free entry tickets, which made our visit totally worth it.
We spent a few hours admiring the various exhibits and also walked in various parts of the surrounding Golden Gate Park.
1) Indoor rainforest
2) Nice aquarium
3) Clean facilities
1) Over-priced souvenirs
2) Small compared to other science museums that I have visited
3) Limited variety of subject matter
4) Confusing museum layout
I think the highlight of this place for the kids was the aquarium. The kids loved touching the starfish and other sea creatures. There was a lot to look at including the planetarium, natural history, butterfly rainforest and the penguins in the Africa section. We...More
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
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 (especially for the planetarium). so plan to have something for kids to do during that time.
One part that doesn't work well with crowds is the cafeteria. We found lineups super slow and hard to find a place to sit. Please the food was very pricey (although pretty good). Bring your own lunch to save lots of money, time and frustration!
Response from Alexander S | Reviewed this property |
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
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 of interesting things (especially if you traveling with kids and family). Finally, California Academy of Science has fabulous scientific organizational structure and for sure deserve a journey. Hope it helps. Have a nice trip!