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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 yesterday via mobile

Huge place, the aquarium and rainforest with butterflies are must see. Definitely a must of you have young kids who loves science, my 5yo love it!

Thank humminmummin
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Our biggest regret during our recent trip to San Fran was that we didn’t spend longer inside of this museum. It’s absolutely incredible. There are so many amazing exhibits and it truly is exciting for all ages. It was a cross between science and natural...More

Thank samanthaa984
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We had a great afternoon here, I enjoyed the aquarium area the most but be sure to check out the rooftop garden

Thank Tia3462
Reviewed 4 days ago

If you can, try to go NOT on the weekend. It's crazy busy. The line would be out the door. Buy your tickets ahead of time. It's a great museum but crazy crowded so just keep that in your expectations before you go!

1  Thank weltexplorer6972
Reviewed 5 days ago

As avid museum goers and locals of San Francisco, this was a unique experience that exceeded our expecrations. The evening included express entry to the Academy, a private reception with speciality cocktails, less than stellar light bites, an hour " behind the scenes" private tour...More

Thank Artfuladventures
Reviewed 5 days ago

This place is amazing and takes science museums to the next level. There's a rainforest area with the most beautiful butterflies, an amazing aquarium, a planetarium (with fabulous free shows,) an earthquake simulator, an albino alligator and that's just for starters. The building itself is...More

Thank pddownunder
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to this museum on a whim and do not regret it. Very informative, especially the “rain forest” and the planitarium. A very big surprise and we thoroughly enjoyed it.

Thank Binni-ice
Reviewed 1 week ago

First thing is that this place should not be confused with an Aquarium, Zoo,or just a place very you ''see'' things. The Academy of Sciences is a center which focuses its attention on our ecology and natural history and what needs to be done to...More

Thank SeshKomanduri
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This fine museum includes a planetarium, which shows films on a big I-max type screen. It’s not a Traditional planetariums have a big special projector in the middle of the room that presents the night sky, for talks about the stars and planets. This facility...More

Thank John G
Reviewed 1 week ago

A really fascinating few hours and well worth the money. The was great for the kids and they loved it. There was so much educational material it was really good for them. The staff were fantastic, and really helped us out when my little girl...More

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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.