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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
All reviews living roof albino alligator earthquake simulator rainforest exhibit an aquarium planetarium shows natural history tropical rainforest birds and butterflies penguin feeding golden gate park all ages earth quake science museum under one roof great for kids great museum
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
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
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!
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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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!