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Address: 55 Music Concourse Dr, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118-4503
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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Probably the best family day out in SF

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... read more

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San Francisco, California
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12 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday 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 yesterday 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday 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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 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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Grantham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 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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Gainesville, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I would say - make it a whole day of fun. I am not a science buff - but the exhibits are so cool. We did not have enough time for the planetarium but we did manage to grab a bite at the "very green" food place. Organic food and drink.. I totally agree that this is more interesting than... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We thought this museum is absolutely fantastic, hugely varied and interactive, great presentation throughout. Initially thought was a bit expensive but well worth the money, excellent visit for anyone!

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Martinez, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The huge aquarium and multiple tanks surprised me! So much in fact I think it's better than the aquarium of the bay! It was def my fav part of this little outing.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Great for all ages, very enjoyable way to spend an afternoon. Good value for money! The planetarium was fascinating and the aquarium excellent.

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Union City, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

CALIFORNIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCES - We have had annual passes to the Academy of Science several times when the children were younger. This is a great place to visit for the whole family. We like looking at the stream of alligators, the rain forest is fabulous, the naturalist center, the Discovery Tidepool is hands on and fun for children and... More 

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