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Address: 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118
Phone Number:
+1 415-379-8000
09:30 - 17:00
Closed now
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Sun 11:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 09:30 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

The world’s only aquarium-planetarium-rainforest-living museum. Come...

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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I enjoyed this a lot with the family, we spent a lot of time here, and will go back some day , I like learning stuff

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Orlando, United States
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Orlando, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I enjoyed this a lot with the family, we spent a lot of time here, and will go back some day , I like learning stuff

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Something for everyone! Aquariums, science projects, terrific food, and great planetarium show. Even though raining and packed with people, the open floor plan allowed for good movement (exception being slow line for earthquake simulation). Wish weather better for exploring grounds but otherwise a great day!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

California Academy of Sciences has a great lineup of events in Thursday nights. I went there two weeks ago and the DJs were great, nice food/drink options while being able to see the aquarium and other exhibits. Definitely one of my highlights of my trip to SF. Many locals go so doesn't feel touristy either.

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Helena, Montana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Spent 4-5 hours at the Academy on a rainy Saturday. The aquarium was spectacular as was the planetarium and arboretum with birds, butterflies and a jungle-like atmosphere. Loved all the fish, turtles and seahorses. They even have an albino crocodile. We were able to watch the penguin feeding in the afternoon. Also had a great lunch just outside of the... More 

Thank Arnold S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a very interactive science museum. You have to let a whole day to spend there. I went with my 3 year old son in the afternoon and we explored only the first floor and basement, there were still 2 more floors! The aquarium is awesome, many different species from all over the world. There is a section where... More 

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Porto Alegre, Brasil
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

A very unusual way to visit a Museum that you cannot miss it. Lots of people dancing and having fun, and all attractions open. Must do it!!

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New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is one of the world's largest natural history museums, so if you're with younger kids, it can take all day to see it (not a bad thing.) The space is divided into a large aquarium with some very unusual fish and a coral reef growing under special sun lamps that's filled with tropical fish ray, small sharks and stingrays.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Admittedly we are zoo and museum junkies but the academy has so much to offer I'd recommend it to anyone. We spent the whole day there, after easily using public transport to travel from downtown. It 'snowed' indoors as we had lunch, the exhibits were marvellous and this was undoubtedly one of our trip highlights. 11 year old son is... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I was SO disappointed in this place. There are about two tiny sharks, the butterfly exhibit was closed, and it's just small and underwhelming. I can't believe it cost over $60 for one parent and child. We were done in under an hour and I would NEVER return or recommend. SKIP THIS. Do the Zoo (or anything else!) instead. And... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A human-made phenomenon encapsulating the timeless depth and breath of nature, from the sky above to the seas below and across continents. The power of the exhibits cannot be assimilated in a single visit, and that is a monumental fact.

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