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Address: 55 Music Concourse Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118
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+1 415-379-8000
09:30 - 17:00
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The California Academy of Sciences is the home of Steinhart aquarium.

The California Academy of Sciences is the home of Steinhart aquarium.

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Still the best

Went back to the Aquarium for the first time since about 1975. Many things have changed, however, still the best aquarium for tropical fish. Went as teenager and back with my... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 24 November 2016
Mark B
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

Went back to the Aquarium for the first time since about 1975. Many things have changed, however, still the best aquarium for tropical fish. Went as teenager and back with my grandkids.

Thank Mark B
Gilroy, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

With novel exhibits and cutting edge technology this is a gemstone in Golden Gate park while not the onlt attraction, I think it is the best reason to visit the park.

Thank Norma W
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2016 via mobile

The Steinhart Aquarium was my favorite place to go on that rare occasion as a child we would travel over the original deck of the Bay Bridge from Oakland living in the Bay Area foothills. Now living on the East Coast for years, I still love to see the exhibits when visiting home. The gardens are pretty terrific plus the... More 

Thank James C
San Francisco, California
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2015

The Natural History Museum, Morrison Planetarium and Steinhart Aquarium are all in one location. It's called The California Academy of Sciences and you must visit. Plan for at least 4+ hours and 40 minutes drive time from powell and street.

Thank JustOneSFC
Vista, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2015

Located in the center of Golden Gate Park - the steinhart aquarium has shown people the underwater for over 90 years. It is part of the Academy of Sciences (although we frequently never get out of the aquarium). There is a great research component to the aquarium - great for all ages. They have a 3 story rainforest where if... More 

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Lake Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2015

Spent many a childhood summer day at the Steinhart Aquarium enjoying the many interesting displays and marine life.

Thank TheFarkles
Concord, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2015

You get spoiled when you live only 30 minutes from one of the greatest places to visit in San Francisco and Steinhart Aquarium within Golden Gate Park. I've taken my children and grandchildren to the Aquarium many times. The snakes are so awesome and so many fish to just watch and areas to rest and watch the fish just swim... More 

Thank R S
Chandler, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2015

The aquarium has been a great family favorite for decades. Always a nice part of a Golden Gate Park day. Exhibits still memorable and always well done. Great for kids.

Thank Brookspal
Plano, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2015 via mobile

Great views. Easy to fine. The whole complex is amazing! Be sure to budget several hours to see everything. So much to see!

Thank Amy N
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2015

There is the aquarium, planetarium, and natural history museum under the same roof, 3 levels. We enjoyed the layout of the Steinhart Aquarium and variety of species within the California Academy of Science in the Golden Gate Park. .

Thank CMullen111

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