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California Academy of Sciences

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55 Music Concourse Dr, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118
+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%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
55 Music Concourse Dr, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118
Golden Gate Park
+1 415-379-8000
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Reviewed yesterday

Visited here on a weekday recently. Really enjoyed the planetarium and the aquarium, unfortunately the rainforest exhibit was closed for renovations. Although we really enjoyed what we saw, we found the price of entry ($35) pretty hefty considering we saw everything that was open and...More

Thank 126gmm
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Lots of exibits ranging from the old fashioned dioramas to more modern interactive earth quake simulator and rainforest. Aquarium and touch pools, reptiles and spiders (didn't go near them). There is also the famous alibino alligator. You could probably do it all in 3-4 hours...More

Thank GeordieLad2013
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This place is a natural history museum, aquarium, planetarium, and interactive science center all rolled into one! Great for kids and adults alike. Be sure to sign up for tickets to a planetarium show. Informative and calming during a busy day. This is a must...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

My husband, mother, and I paid the California Academy of Sciences a visit because we had purchased the CityPass and it was an included attraction. The available day for us was a Sunday and the museum didn't open until 11am, which I thought was unreasonably...More

Thank Carina G
Reviewed 3 days ago

Our second day in San Francisco and we both decided to attend the California Academy of Sciences. This was an exceptionally good decision. Everything we saw and experienced we enjoyed. In the Planetarium we attended Incoming, Earthquake and Tout of the Universe - all were...More

Thank 1victor
Reviewed 3 days ago

This museum has blown my mind. I lOVE it!! We love the butterflies then directly to the Aquarium. The layout flows very nicely. All the additional exhibits are amazing! We will go back again soon. So much to see! Cafe has really great food!!! Not...More

Thank 1khearty
Reviewed 5 days ago

The aquarium here is outstanding. The planetarium here is outstanding. The rain forest dome is ok, and the parking is pretty easy. This is a definite family group must see. Enjoyed the afternoon we spent here.

Thank joeinfx
Reviewed 5 days ago

A very interesting museum, with plenty of hands on things to do for the younger members of the family. The penguins are real, but other big animals are stuffed! Plent of displays with regard to the evolution of man, and ways to save it. Great...More

Thank theowler
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Lots of families there today. Saturday is busy, as expected, but we still enjoyed our visit. The 2 shows at the planetarium were also good. We used the pass out of the citipass booklet , which we have found to be great value.

Thank Sandals246
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Great place for the entire family, lots to see and enjoy and interact and the aquarium was an unexpected delight, restaurant on site , fun ,fun ,fun😎

Thank Rayangel
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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.
Brianna S
3 April 2017|
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Response from CalAcademyofSciences | Property representative |
Hi Brianna! You can absolutely leave and come back the same day, just request a hand-stamp from a door attendant before exiting. You're also totally welcome to bring you own food—we offer seating in the Piazza and in both... More