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

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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US$34.95*
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Skip the Line: California Academy of Sciences General Admission Ticket
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Skip the Line: California Academy of Sciences Behind-the-Scenes Tour
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Incredible Planetarium; Multitude of fun stuff in a cool building!

The Academy includes a planetarium, science center, and aquarium in one - it's well worth the price of admission to say the least. The building itself is really neat - there's a... read more

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Academy includes a planetarium, science center, and aquarium in one - it's well worth the price of admission to say the least. The building itself is really neat - there's a "living roof," and it's a bright and interesting space with nice outdoor (garden-type) seating for the cafeteria (indoor seating as well). We really enjoyed the earthquake "simulator," and... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We spent an entire day (thankfully not many school groups), but great activities, the earthquake room was an eye opener for those that are not used to earthquakes

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This was recommended to us by a tour guide, and we had an unplanned day, so we went here. It was well worth the admission. There were simulated earthquake rooms, which were very cool. The rain forest with the birds and butterflies was amazing, and so was the aquarium. Honestly, we could have spent much more time here. The jellyfish... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

On a beautiful fall Friday, my sister and I decided to take my husband to Cal Academy of Sciences to celebrate his birthday. For three thirtysomethings, I think we had more fun than the kiddos! We planned to arrive early-ish and ended up in Golden Gate Park around 11 am-ish. We parked in the area and walked to the museum... More 

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Peoria, Illinois, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a wonderful rainy day outing in San Francisco, and those are necessary. The Aquarium is such that you can look from the surface of the water down into the huge tanks and then go downstairs to look from the sides of the tanks. Beautiful live corals on are on display as well as hundreds of colorful fish. There... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We're originally from London (which has some world-class museums and zoos), and I have to say this is one of the most fun places I have ever visited. I went with my parents (in their 60's and pretty cynical, not really into kids stuff) and my daughter who is 2. We all had an absolutely amazing time. I'd expected us... More 

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Alberta, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This was not part of the plan but I'm glad we went! The earthquake simulator was kinda cool although I was a bit dizzy afterwards. All the exhibits were amazing!

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Smithfield, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We bought the SF City Pass to get a discount on entry. You have to have your proof of purchase printed - not just on your phone. So plan ahead. Then you wait in the ticket line. Then wait in line again in the entry line. Put someone in both lines so you can jump in the second line after... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A pretty good museum, but not as good as we expected. In part, the issue for us was the result of just a couple of days prior we visited the Monterrey Aquarium which is outstanding. The problem for us then, was that the Cal Academy of Sciences museum is about 50% aquarium which, though good, is NOT as good as... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I visited the Academy during some of the strongest winds the State had seen for years. The academy was open as per usual and I spent a whole day there, exploring as much of the academy as I could. On arrival, I rushed to watch "Incoming" at the planetarium. It was amazing, informative & I was really impressed to hear... More 

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