California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco
Categories: Natural History Museums, Educational Sites, Zoos & Aquariums, Museums, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
Explore one of the world’s largest museums of natural history at California Academy of Sciences. Located in Golden Gate Park, the center offers the world’s only combined aquarium, planetarium, rainforest, and living museum. Ride past tigers and elephants on a simulated African safari or admire tropical animals and vegetation by climbing through the canopy of a living rainforest. Don’t miss the chance to shake things up in the earthquake simulator. Free parking is available for the first 4 hours. Use our San Francisco tour planner to arrange your visit to California Academy of Sciences and other attractions in San Francisco.
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This is by far one of the most well-managed and up-to-date learning facilities I've ever visited. Plenty of hand-on stations. This center is filled with the most current technology.
Ana Cris N
Crianças curtiram muito! Muita atividades interativas!!! Planetário excelente!!! Muito legal!!! Almoçamos em um restaurante dentro do próprio museu de ciências " self service" com muitas opções! Recom... read more »Children enjoyed a lot! A lot of interactive activities! Excellent Planetarium! Very cool!!! We had lunch at a restaurant within the Science Museum "self service" with many options! Recommend!show original
Visited the Academy yesterday as it was raining and we wanted something indoors to do. Loved it. The rainforest and aquarium are the best bits. It's pretty warm as you get to the top of the rainforest... read more »
Romy Mae Hale
I really enjoyed the day I spent at the museum. Lot's of different exhibitions to explore, good food, beautiful building and a huge aquarium. The only thing that bugged me sososo much was a certain attraction in the aquarium. I don't care how many times anyone tells me that "it's okay" to touch the starfish and sea urchins, when I see the people pressing their fingers into those beautiful animals and lifting them up out of the water, I really want to throw a fit. The first thing you learn as a scuba diver (and trust me, I am one) is not to touch ANYTHING that lives in the water. So seeing this made me feel so bad and it made a big damper in my otherwise nice day. If only the academy got rid of this "attraction" I'd be more than happy to come again and give it five stars.
One of the coolest experience of recent years was nightlife at Academy of Science. I went there when they had a yoga night and it is really hard to describe the excitement off doing yoga with hundreds of other people in the middle of Academy of Science. In addition nightlife only cost $15 and there are no children allowed as well as drinks and food are available for purchase. I highly recommend it to anyone visiting or living in San Francisco
They pack and amazing amount into a small space! There is a lot to do and see here that is extremely unique. The Amazon exhibit is awesome and well maintained. They have an incredibly modern and up to date planetarium show as well which is included with admission. They have great student discounts and an additional 5 dollars off with a brochure add that can be found at most hotels in the areas. I was able to save $20 off admission for 2 students total. I would highly reccomend checking this out. It was one of my favorite museums I have visited.
Hit the aquarium(bottom) or top floor first if you want to explore right away or aren't in the mood for extensive lines(mostly for the 2 ground floor attractions). Also...no teacher discount for my cousin for some reason! We were told that most offered discounts come with sponsored bus trips to there and whatnot. But yeah. Albino alligator.
As great and expansive this place is (it has a living roof for crying out loud) my interests were far more focused on the aquatic animals. In the belly of the Academy are tanks and tanks of liquid ecosystems. Amongst the Mermaid's Purses, jellyfish, giant croc tank, and a man clearly obsessed with octopuses is the Larger Pacific Striped Octopus (aka the rare Kissing Octopus). Most of the exhibits in this section are dimly lit creating an impossible immersion that gives some of the creatures the appearance of swimming along you, suspended in the air. The last major exhibit I went through was the Earthquake one. YAWN. At least Sigourney Weaver narrates the film shown in the dome. Which in itself is a bit of fun and attention grabbing in its giant, full field of vision ensnaring, projection. A great time for everyone.
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