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California Academy of Sciences

#14 of 534 things to do in San Francisco Features Animals
55 Music Concourse Dr, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118-4503
+1 415-379-8000
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  • Average8%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
55 Music Concourse Dr, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118-4503
Golden Gate Park
+1 415-379-8000
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Reviewed yesterday

Only giving 4 stars because it was so crowded we did not get to see everything we wanted to see. The earthquake room was a must for the kids, but standing in line took a chunk of time.

Thank BarbK303
Reviewed yesterday

We came here on a weekday morning, and found it very crowded with school kids and parents with strollers. It was hard to see the exhibits in the dark of the basement where the aquarium is. The tropical house is better if you come at...More

Thank Steve M
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We visited this museum with our little daughter. We liked it because of the rainforest, the aquarium and many other interactive exhibits. It is very good science museum. We also ate at the restaurant and liked the food. Staff at the museum was very friendly.

Thank MochiMundo
Reviewed 4 days ago

I have read about Thursday night life event on website. It was my first time to join this event and has got lost in the middle of nowhere then met a guy who tour me the direction as I traveled by bus, in case you...More

Thank Luca K
Reviewed 4 days ago

We traveled there by Uber - quick and easy. The museum has lots of wonderful exhibits & we loved the aquarium, butterflies & simulated earthquake. Lots of great spiders to see and the penguins were fantastic. We only had a few hours so we were...More

Thank Suziedtravel
Reviewed 4 days ago

I've taken my daughter here three times, and two second grade classes here on field trips. The Academy of Sciences has amazing exhibits-- the Osher Rainforest and the Albino Alligator "Claude" are my favorites. Children love the Academy because it is so interactive, and the...More

Thank Michele D
Reviewed 4 days ago

When the Academy of Science was re-built and improved, it became my "go-to" place for taking visitors coming to town. I enjoyed it with my children for years and now go without any children in tow. The Academy of Science has a variety of entertaining...More

Thank KellyPrimos
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We had a special tour, but you can see that the staff believe in what they are doing. The place was purpose designed. The sections are not too big, so younger visitors don't have time to get board. The planetarium is a great experience and...More

Thank Les R
Reviewed 6 days ago

Take your time and enjoy all the exhibits and fish. It's a great place for families. The younger kids are fascinated by all the fish and the older ones can learn by listening to the talks and touch at the tidal pool exhibit. Be sure...More

Thank Blouie888
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Informative, planetarium shows are good. My favourite was the Amazon rainforest & earthquake exhibit. There's an exhibit of t-Rex too. Be sure to go early & spend complete day with kids.Gift shops at CAS are costly

Thank travelbuff1207
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Brianna S
Hi, Are there in and out privileges once you have a ticket in order to have a picnic in the park? Thanks!
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
Yael D
Would a very mature and sciency 4.5 year old enjoy it?would her 18 month old sister suffer too much?
18 February 2017|
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Response from dclare142 | Reviewed this property |
Yes I think this would be an excellent choice and there are plenty of interactive options for children. The previous comment adds in some of those options and the butterfly display enthralled all the children when I was... More
Daniel H
Is the nightlife session at CAS worth it? Also, when do you try to pick up the planetarium tickets?
18 January 2017|
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Response from dclare142 | Reviewed this property |
Agree with getting planetarium tickets early or you can miss out and have to wait quite a while for the next one. I did not go to the nightlife session and would expect it to be of equally high quality as the last person... More