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California Academy of Sciences

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55 Music Concourse Dr, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118-4503
+1 415-379-8000
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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!) from the safety of your planetarium seat, take a virtual safari in African Hall, or climb into the canopy of a living rainforest. Face your fears—and an albino alligator—inside the Swamp, and meet scientists as they return from research expeditions around the world. From the depths of a Philippine coral reef to the outer reaches of the Universe, it's all inside the California Academy of Sciences.
  • Excellent66%
  • Very good23%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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55 Music Concourse Dr, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118-4503
Golden Gate Park
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"living roof"
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"albino alligator"
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"golden gate park"
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"penguin feeding"
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"all ages"
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Reviewed yesterday

Be careful because you can spend hours here! The staff are helpful and friendly - full of knowledge. The rain forest exhibition is great.

Thank denise130291
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Reviewed 3 days ago

My husband and eleven year old daughter and i visited the California Academy of Sciences on our last day in San Francisco. The museum is comprised of several different areas, including a rainforest exhibit, aquarium, natural history exhibit, theater and traveling or temporary exhibits (currently...More

Thank Karen H
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Just a terrific exhibit of butterflies, birds, fish, aquatic animals, geckoes, snakes,dragonfish, jellyfish , etc. the plantation shows are also marvelous.

Thank paul c
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Beautiful exhibits and fun exploring the new exhibits and regular displays especially the main one from the bottom levels below the water up to the cloud forests above

Thank emorata
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The cost of admission was pretty steep. Exhibits are unique. We especially liked the bio dome. Wish there were more birds and butterflies to experience in the bio dome. Also the planetarium show is worth the time and include in price. Cafeteria has limited options...More

Thank sulegirl
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We got off at this stop from the Hop on/off Bus tour as we had spotted it the day before. I love a good Museum and this was a happy mixture of Museum, Aquarium and Rainforest. There wasn’t much there I hadn’t seen before but...More

Thank Amanda W
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This place has an aquarium and rain forest as part of the museum. The kids really like the displays of the plants and animals. It does get a little crowded about mid day so plan you trip accordingly.

Thank erodrig26
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

So the rainforest is great. The exhibits always change so if you went 6 times a year you would see something different. Plan the whole day because there is a lot to see.

Thank DANA A
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Maybe it's a because I'm a Londoner... that I found this quite a small museum. There's a very good planetarium, a very good rainforest, and good aquarium. Each are of a decent size. But all the other exhibits seemed minor, and tacked on. Plus point:...More

1  Thank Mike_Dugdale
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came here for the nightlife dog of the year event which was awesome. Loved the rainforest dome with all the bugs and plants. The albino alligator was super awesome too. Loved being able to walk around with drinks- super fun!

Thank Michelle J
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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
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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
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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.
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