California Academy of Sciences

California Academy of Sciences

California Academy of Sciences
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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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from MYR 180.01
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AlbaBL
Silver Spring, MD32 contributions
Sep 2022
This is a wonderful area to visit. Beautiful grounds and you can do as much or as little as you want.
Written 22 September 2022
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Roary
Vancouver, Canada2,913 contributions
Aug 2022
We went here using our Go City Explorer Pass. This was the only attraction we visited that asked for proof of COVID vaccination, which we thankfully had.

This is a nice "combination" center that includes an aquarium, planetarium, rainforest and natural history museum. Each of the individual exhibits are good, but not as good as a stand-alone aquarium, planetarium or natural history museum. So it's a nice place to go see a little bit of everything in once place. Due to timing, we only had about 1.5 h hours to visit, which is much too short. I would say 2.5 hours would be a good amount of time to see everything.

We had visited the Exploratorium and Monterey Bay Aquarium earlier in our trip, so it made our visit to the California Academy of Sciences a bit underwhelming. I think if we went the Academy first, we would have enjoyed it more.
Written 4 September 2022
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Amy P
San Jose, CA19 contributions
Jun 2022
I appreciate the masking policy given guests stay there for over an hour to tour the museum. I love this place -- it is well maintained! I had been here over 8 years ago and 4 years ago and back again this summer -- it still feels like it was new. World class museum right in the Bay Area.
Written 1 September 2022
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GEOS30
Calgary145 contributions
Aug 2022
An absolutely amazing experience. We decided to visit the museum on our family vacation to SF, and it exceeded our expectations. The aquarium exhibits were phenomenal, and the number of different species was impressive. The swamp/rainforest display was also excellent. Honestly, I have nothing bad to say about this place. We spend 3.5 hours there and wished we had come earlier in the day. We watched shows in the planetarium, checked out the history museum and interactive natural science library. It was all amazing. I would highly recommend this for any family visiting the SF area. The museum has so much to see and do for every age group. My family and I will definitely be back.
Written 24 August 2022
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charlee42020
Red Deer Junction5 contributions
Jul 2022
The planetarium shows were fantastic and the exhibitions great. Food is very expensive at their cafeteria
Written 12 August 2022
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david
American Fork, UT2 contributions
Top flight museum. Kept a young adult fascinated for half a day! The planetarium and the aquarium are can’t-miss. And as a rock hound, the gem display was amazing!
Written 29 July 2022
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Cindy B
3 contributions
Having visited museums and aquariums in many states, we just expected more. Displays were interesting and I’m guessing kids love it. The planetarium presentation was a real disappointment. In fact, the four guests to my right fell asleep during most of the show.
Written 6 July 2022
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Shanker B
Alpharetta, GA1,078 contributions
Jun 2022
we visited the museum on a cold Thursday morning. The place was crowded but having bought tickets entry was easy. They do check your vaccination status. the museum is amazing - it has a whole rain-forest exhibit, a whole aquarium exhibit and a bunch of exhibits on fossils, gems, etc. It also have earthquake and fog simulators unique to the SFO area. This museum has so much to do for kids. great food as well at the Terrace restaurant. we had a swell time here - we spent about 3-4 hours here and we could have stayed for longer but we wanted to visit all the other attractions that Golden Gate park has to offer.
Written 5 July 2022
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G. Kang
San Jose, CA16 contributions
Jul 2022
Just visited yesterday after 6 years.. we saved a few bucks by purchasing ticket on TicketsatWork.. This was a typical visit, we walked around and looked at the aquarium, I don't remember the below ground aquarium last time we visited in 2016, we saw the rain forest dome, and the planetarium show. Kids got hungry and we decided to purchase some snacks at the café inside. That's when we were hit by inflation sticker shock.. $9 bucks for a slice of pizza WOW.. we did end up buying 2 drinks, a bag of chips, and grapes for $22 bucks..im not sure if there's in and outs here but the hot dog vendor outside sells chips for $2 bucks inside they were 5. he sells drinks for 2 bucks and inside they were 5..he also has a bunch of other items for purchase.. another shock was the parking price.. $21 for less than 3 hours of park time. over all the academy visit was OK, we spent close to $230 bucks on tickets and other items overall. and we will do it again in 5+ years...
Written 2 July 2022
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ThorwaldVikingAsgaar
106 contributions
Jun 2022
The California Academy of Sciences located in the Golden Gate Park is a research institute and natural history museum in San Francisco, California, that is among the largest museums of natural history in the world, housing over 46 million specimens.
It is also the world’s only aquarium-planetarium-rainforest-living museum in one cool looking eco friendly building.
If you have kids, even older ones, a must see in san Francisco.
Written 23 June 2022
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