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Morrison Planetarium

North Beach / Telegraph Hill
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Address: San Francisco Academy of Science, San Francisco, CA 94118
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+1 415-750-7145

This observatory has a custom-made telescope that projects a field of 3,800...

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Travel the Universe, and more!

Such a great place to bring the kids, and anybody for that matter. What a show! Mind blowing and so entertaining and breath-taking, and that's just the start. Sit back, if you... read more

Reviewed 25 November 2015
William M
San Francisco, CA
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Sacramento, California
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Reviewed 30 November 2016

I had been a member of the Academy of Sciences for over 10 years when they closed down to move their location and update their facilities. I would go almost every other month as I absolutely loved the Morrison Planetarium and the shows. I thought it was all well done then and was very much looking forward to an even... More 

Thank 611ellejay
Miami, Florida
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Reviewed 28 August 2016

Habitat Earth is a must see. Travel through space and time during an immersive dome show. What are plastic bags doing to the entire eco system is just one of many things delivered to you from the beginning of life to current living and future opportunities. Explore the living roof, evolving traditions, naturalist center, rainforest, and aquariums. Coral reef dives,... More 

Thank Liz950
San Francisco, CA
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Reviewed 25 November 2015

Such a great place to bring the kids, and anybody for that matter. What a show! Mind blowing and so entertaining and breath-taking, and that's just the start. Sit back, if you can, and enjoy!

Thank William M
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Reviewed 16 September 2015 via mobile

The best planetarium I have ever seen. Huge and wonderful. The show was great and I was really impressed!

Thank Ania K
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Reviewed 16 July 2015

We saw "Fragile Planet" at the planetarium during our visit to the California Academy of Sciences in early July. Another available show at the time was "Habitat Earth" but that one has far less (if any) astronomy. (When I visit a planetarium I was to see stars!) This is a titled dome (30 degrees), much like an IMAX Dome, not... More 

2 Thank MerelyATourist
Salvador, BA
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Reviewed 2 January 2015

The place is very beautiful and modern, containing high technolgy HD projectors and nice chairs. We have watched LIFE: A COSMIC STORY and we fully became imersed on the video.

1 Thank Márcio C
Huntingdon, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 July 2013 via mobile

Interesting show about earthquakes in SF but nothing about the universe or planets - why not just explain more clearly what the show is about?

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Reviewed 13 April 2013 via mobile

What a fantastic experience!!! The way they present at the morrison planetarium is of another world! I hope that one day all cinemas are like this, it would enhance films sooo much. My words of advice are to go to the ticket desk first thing when you arrive so that you can bagsy your seats. And to sit in the... More 

1 Thank Nikki S
Invercargill, New Zealand
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Reviewed 29 August 2012

Enough to be of interest here and well presented for all ages. The Rainforest enclosure was a highlight.

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Split, Croatia
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Reviewed 29 December 2011

something most exciting. If you have time go there, documentary you will see in planetarium is really great!!!

1 Thank ILoveToLove

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The aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans, the sounds of opera, and the sights of the romantic Italian ristorante come together to create the charming neighbourhood of North Beach, once the stomping grounds for the Beatnik Generation. Although parts of North Beach are known for nightlife that’s not always suitable for younger visitors, few neighbourhoods in the city exude as much European charm and style. Peruse a bookstore for the literature of Kerouac, Ferlinghetti and Ginsberg, grab some gelato and head to Washington Square for a perfect afternoon of people watching. Just east of North Beach, the hills and staircases of Telegraph Hill are a unique delight. At its peak, the art deco Coit Tower provides sweeping panoramic views of the bay and city. The beautifully landscaped Filbert Street Steps, a street too steep for a roadway, rewards those willing to hike uphill. Keep your ears open and you might even hear the squawk of the wild parrots who call this neighbourhood home.
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