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California Academy of Sciences

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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
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55 Music Concourse Dr, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118-4503
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The academy is set in some beautiful grounds which you can also have an explore around the, Japanese tea garden and botanical garden both at extra cost but worth going to whilst you are here. We got arrived by The Big Bus co, one stop...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Cleo1972
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This museum is on a nice new building but it is what is inside that is disappointing. We were looking for history and pics on the earthquakes,history of San Francisco. The outside door attendent told us there was a earthquake history. There is very little...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank richardr4469
Reviewed 4 days ago

My day at the museum started immediately when it opened and I stayed until the doors locked behind me. I could have spent another whole day there. Interesting, informative. I only wish we had something similar closer to where I live!

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Tracy E
Reviewed 5 days ago

Really cool museum that mixes natural history with an aquarium and a planetarium. The planetarium was closed when I was there, but the rest of the museum was enough. I really loved the rain forest dome. Traveling up through the layers, observing butterflies and birds...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Jadedmind
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Fun for everyone of all ages. Make it a day or two, relax, enjoy all of the exhibits and ambiance. An oasis in a vibrant city.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank 38cathyp
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was led by some locals that they thought that this would be a good place to visit. I expected the rainforest to be something to see but was not impressed at all for the beautiful area all you truelly seen was butterflies flying around....More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank MonicaMains
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Aquarium for fresh water and Coastal with deep sea ocean sea-life . With large Rainforest dome. A lot of Butterfly and rainforest creatures. Really great for excursion. Planetarium also really great show.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank mojim2019
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had the opportunity to visit the academy as part of the SF City Pass. This ticket allowed me to skip the line and go right in. I had to wait for the rainforest exhibit to open (recommended by the gentleman who helped me as...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank jehenson81
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very very expensive to get in and more of a zoo than a museum. Animals kept in tiny cages (particularly the alligator). Didn't stay long here as was not what we expected. Planetarium which was the part that we were most looking forward to was...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank 96trs
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco is truly an academy where one can get a good knowledge of different aspects of science. It is more than just a museum. There are several experts in respective fields of science stationed at different parts of...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Ajeya
23 November 2018|
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Response from 753gerrim | Reviewed this property |
Well I'm 41 and I really enjoyed it, it's a very interesting museum so if you get a chance I'd recommend you check it out.
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Gary D/Linda W
19 November 2018|
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Response from Ambika S | Reviewed this property |
Not sure about the Reindeer, when we visited the Academy it was in August and the highlight was about Earthquakes.
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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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