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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.
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  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
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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 via mobile

Rain today so we went looking for an inside activity Some really good exhibits and shows , the dark side show was really interesting , however was a bit entailed for the young ones The rain forest with birds and butterflies fantastic as was the...More

Thank stanc179
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

An aquarium, planetarium and rainforest all in one. Worth seeing. Thanks to other trip advisor members who let us know that there is limited seating for the planetarium so you need to get tickets for these shows before they run out. We scored a quiet...More

Thank Cynthia N
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This place was simply amazing! We were astounded at every turn. What a beautiful building. So much to do here for all ages. Really friendly and knowledgeable staff!! Highly recommend you put this at the top of your list!

Thank Katiepie87
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you are looking for a space to find a bit of every living form along with a sneak peak of our stars and galaxies, this is the place to be. We spent one full day here and never felt bored for a second. Be...More

Thank Rajat D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is for 21+ - great fun to hang out with a gang of friends (birthday/Christmas present), enjoy science, have a cocktail and leave the kids at home with the grandparents/babysitter. Have an early dinner before or late dinner after (make reservations though!). So much...More

Thank Heidi B
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was my first time coming to the California Academy of Sciences and was really impressed by it despite its expensiveness. If you're like me, you'd probably need more than 3 hours to fully immerse yourself in what the museum has to offer. The aquariums...More

Thank awkwardgirl17
Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been wanting to visit this museum since it's facelift so we chose to go when the Pterosaur exhibit came to town. We had a good time and enjoyed all the exhibits but were surprised at the cost of tickets. For two seniors, which there...More

Thank Michael S
Reviewed 1 week ago

We've been to the Academy probably 20 time with the grandkids over the last few years. It is a great place for kids of all ages. However, I've noticed the last few times there seem to be some management problems. When we entered there was...More

Thank Diane P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From open 9:30 to close at 5 pm, the Academy captivated our family with many exhibits. Winter/snow events for the season were good. Many hands-on experiences. Recommend the Dark Universe show in the planetarium for kids over 6 years. Seemed a little pricey compared to...More

Thank lildeb1971
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We took our grandkids during winter break and arrived later than we should have. At 11:00 AM it was very crowded but still we didn’t have to wait too long for anything. The one big disappointment was that we didn’t know we had to get...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
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.