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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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US$ 35.95*
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California Academy of Sciences General Admission Ticket
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US$ 60.90*
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California Academy of Sciences Behind-the-Scenes Tour
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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
55 Music Concourse Dr, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118-4503
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Reviewed 5 August 2016

Spent a memorable 4 hours here. Pretty crowded but the museum is set up and copes well. Would recommend for all ages

Thank Peter C
Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

Awesome we enjoyed it very much the whole family must do great stuff will defenitely recommend Eye opener too many cool ideas and invention everyone will enjoy thumps up

Thank Marrakech7
Reviewed 5 August 2016

This place was pretty cool. They have three main themes basically, water, land, and space. My favorite and the most developed was the aquatic attractions. So many different types of water life. From eels to jellyfish to rays and alligators. They have some interactive things...More

Thank donwchilds
Reviewed 5 August 2016

We visited here but went at the wrong time- school vacation time! It was packed with groups. It was interesting and we were particularly interested to see the deep sea exhibit and the earthquake demonstration. The albino alligator was also fun to see. There is...More

Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

This provided an enjoyable day with the kids. Plenty to see and do, although quite crowded. The Earthquake "Shake House" was a neat experience an puts things in perspective. The planetarium show was good and informative. The Rainforest dome was also fun. Plan on about...More

Thank socyrdo
Reviewed 4 August 2016

This is one of the best science centers I have ever been to. There is a rain forest, planetarium, aquarium, etc that will keep the kids busy for hours!

Thank John S
Reviewed 4 August 2016

This was VERY crowded the day 5 of us went, but it is still worth it. The rain forest, the penguins, the planetarium, the white alligators, and THE ROOF. Parking is at a premium on a busy day, but there is a garage.

Thank KentuckyMagpie
Reviewed 4 August 2016

We took our daughter and grandchildren (ages 1-10), along with a my wife's sister and her granddaughter. Simply wonderful. We were all captivated by the indoor rain forest with wild butterflies landing on us, then down to the aquarium with a wide variety of habitats...More

Thank Luke2John
Reviewed 3 August 2016

It was my first visit in San Francisco and of course, I had to go to the museum. For me is the best natural history museum on the West coast and one of the best in the United States. I took the time to visit...More

Thank Aglay L
Reviewed 3 August 2016

We took our two grandchildren, ages 5 and 6. I was afraid they were too young to enjoy. They really had a great time and there were exhibits for all ages. We went on a sunday and very, very crowded. Next time I would choose...More

Thank srtxtraveler
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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