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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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Reviewed 2 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

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Reviewed 2 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 3 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

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Reviewed 4 days 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 4 days 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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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Thanks to taking a tour bus we spent ages getting here, but we thought we would give it a go as we had limited time left on our San Francisco pass. We had half an hour before it closed and we raced through when we...More

Thank greekqueen
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When my daughter looked at our SF guide book about 6 months before our visit, this was the one place she said she definitely wanted to visit. I thought, really, a museum on a short break. Wow was I wrong, this place is amazing. Not...More

Thank Kim C
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of the most interesting science museums in the US. The exhibits are interesting no matter how many times you go. There's the story of homo sapiens and "Lucy." The aquarium is really cool as is the rain forest. The staff genuinely enjoys the museum.

Thank JaimeMexico
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We loved this museum. There are so many great activities - the Planetarium, Living Roof, Rainforest area, etc. It isn't cheap, but it was a full day activity and worth it.

Thank w00t30
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a museum that never disappoints. Definitely a place for adults and kids, easily accessible. On-site parking, admission isn't bad, and plenty of stuff in the museum. Definitely check out the planetarium and aquarium. Oh, and on Thursdays 6pm to 10pm, the museum hosts...More

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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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