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Address: 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118
Phone Number:
+1 415-379-8000
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09:30 - 17:00
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Sun 11:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 09:30 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
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The world’s only aquarium-planetarium-rainforest-living museum. Come...

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.

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Skip the Line: California Academy of Sciences Behind-the-Scenes Tour

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Great museum inside the Golden Gate Park

It is a very good place to visit... there are many information inside that's worth a lot... for me, specifically, the most incredible part was about the quakes... it's impossible... read more

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Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

It is a very good place to visit... there are many information inside that's worth a lot... for me, specifically, the most incredible part was about the quakes... it's impossible to imagine the power of the earthquake that striked SF in the past... but there are too much more to explore... worth the visit! ;)

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you have ever traveled, or been in a natural history museum, or a zoo or aquarium for that matter, you should probably give this place a miss. It's expensive for what you get. The famed 'jungle' is tiny, the aquarium unimpressive and the place should be facing a hefty fine for locking up (live) penguins in a space the... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a terrific science museum that combines a lot of the features you usually see in a natural history museum (like a gemstone exhibit) with an aquarium. Be prepared for a slightly expensive admissions bill, especially if you're not just bringing yourself, but the museum is really worth it. It's great for kids and offers a lot of interactive... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

i used to come here as a kid and this place just keeps getting better. i recently came here a few years back and they had better parking than before and better attractions. you will definitely have fun here.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Well maintained & lots to see. Better than the aquarium on pier 39!!! Not too big but our teenagers liked walking around & seeing all the sea life & other exhibits. Beautiful grounds around but not too much blooming on a cold February day.

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Marcy, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I visited the Academy. Great educational spot for families. We felt out of place as we are empty nesters.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

There's no doubt that this museum has a nice variety of exhibits to offer. The aquarium area is especially nice, as is the rain forest. However, each area has its own very long line to wait in once you are inside the museum (which is an adventure in itself with an extremely unorganized line outside the museum, exposed to the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The rainforest and aquarium exhibits are truly amazing and mesmerized our kids! One small disappointment was the earthquake simulator. It does not give a very good presentation of what an earthquake feels like because they only simulate shaking in the horizontal axis, while an actual event would also have a vertical component. If there is any queue for this exhibit,... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You could literally spend a day and then some in here. Make sure to catch the dive show in the Philippine Coral Reef and some of the feeding and cleaning the divers do in the California Coast exhibit. It's great fun for kids of all ages. The planetarium and earthquake exhibits are great. The African diorama a bit stagey, but... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I enjoyed this a lot with the family, we spent a lot of time here, and will go back some day , I like learning stuff

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