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California Academy of Sciences

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55 Music Concourse Dr, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118-4503
+1 415-379-8000
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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!) 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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  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“living roof” (287 reviews)
“albino alligator” (224 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 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

Beautiful exhibits and fun exploring the new exhibits and regular displays especially the main one from the bottom levels below the water up to the cloud forests above

Thank emorata
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The cost of admission was pretty steep. Exhibits are unique. We especially liked the bio dome. Wish there were more birds and butterflies to experience in the bio dome. Also the planetarium show is worth the time and include in price. Cafeteria has limited options...More

Thank sulegirl
Reviewed 4 days ago

We got off at this stop from the Hop on/off Bus tour as we had spotted it the day before. I love a good Museum and this was a happy mixture of Museum, Aquarium and Rainforest. There wasn’t much there I hadn’t seen before but...More

Thank Amanda W
Reviewed 5 days ago

This place has an aquarium and rain forest as part of the museum. The kids really like the displays of the plants and animals. It does get a little crowded about mid day so plan you trip accordingly.

Thank erodrig26
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So the rainforest is great. The exhibits always change so if you went 6 times a year you would see something different. Plan the whole day because there is a lot to see.

Thank DANA A
Reviewed 1 week ago

Maybe it's a because I'm a Londoner... that I found this quite a small museum. There's a very good planetarium, a very good rainforest, and good aquarium. Each are of a decent size. But all the other exhibits seemed minor, and tacked on. Plus point:...More

1  Thank Mike_Dugdale
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came here for the nightlife dog of the year event which was awesome. Loved the rainforest dome with all the bugs and plants. The albino alligator was super awesome too. Loved being able to walk around with drinks- super fun!

Thank Michelle J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The California Museum of Sciences is a wonderful natural history museum which includes the Steinhart Aquarium. The creative exhibits are fascinating for children as well as adults. Everyone loves the albino alligator! Our favorite is the 4 story rainforest exhibit! This is a must for...More

1  Thank Dick G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a really amazing institution. Everyone remembers the albino alligator, but there's tons of amazing stuff to see. The aquarium section is awesome, and the rainforest is really interesting too. You could spend a good 1/2-1 day at this place.

Thank 3nvi
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is more to see than can be done in just one visit, and exhibits change all the time. The rain forest and aquariums are the most special exhibits, and the living roof is fascinating. Weekdays are the best times to go.

Thank BStewart27
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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.