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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.
  • Excellent66%
  • Very good23%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“living roof” (291 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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55 Music Concourse Dr, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118-4503
Golden Gate Park
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"living roof"
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"albino alligator"
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"earthquake exhibit"
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"an aquarium"
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"natural history museum"
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"planetarium shows"
in 66 reviews
"tropical rainforest"
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"golden gate park"
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"birds and butterflies"
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"penguin feeding"
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"all ages"
in 264 reviews
"earth quake"
in 44 reviews
"under one roof"
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"great for kids"
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"great museum"
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"academy of science"
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Reviewed yesterday

A fun place in Golden Gate Park. Surrounded by a lush park with so many things to see and do. Easy to spend hours here checking out everything.

Thank Amaris D
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Reviewed yesterday

This was money well spent today when we both visited the California Academy of Science. This would have to be the best aquarium on the planet with so many tanks on display of coral, tropical fish and so many different aquatic species. Sensational. There are...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

I really enjoyed visiting this museum. We went on a Thursday night (over 21s only) to the Mind and Body event. There was yoga available infront of the aquarium, in a big room and on the rooftop. I didnt do this, preferring instead to drink...More

Thank DaraStar
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Good place for kids. Three levels of learning and fun. There’s a free Reef show in the dome on the ground floor. A bird reservoir is good to learn about butterflies and birds. The place can get really crowded on holidays and weekends. We found...More

Thank vedpu
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Really interesting exhibits. The planetarium and earthquake parts are really good. Cafe was jam packed but the food was nice. Staff very friendly.

Thank Anne J
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We walked to the park from the Fairmont with our 2 toddler so by the time we arrived they were starving and antsy. Immediately we went to the café which was perfect for the kids - offering plenty of variety for both kids and adults....More

Thank andreacC8437JA
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Called in here after seeing it on the bus tour. Obviously it was full of children but we were told that one evening a week (I think Thursday) they have an adult only which would be good. Fascinating area covering the butterflies and bats and...More

Thank Bab5y
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Reviewed 6 days ago

The strange thing about the Planetarium is that it doesn’t always show planets, or anything from space for that matter. We saw a presentation on coral reefs, an immersive exploration of the subject thanks to projection onto the giant dome. The Academy of Science has...More

Thank BrooksieG
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing place to go with your children! Learning with amusement, with lots of interesting things to see, the rain forest ambiance, the white crocodile, the aquarium, everything is very attractive!

Thank Bia51
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The museum is good but awfully expensive 2 adults and one student cost 102 dollars! Not big but expositions are well prepared The planetarium is the best The Golden Gate park around is far better If do not have enough time or money, it is...More

Thank Sergio P
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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
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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
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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.
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