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Morrison Planetarium, San Francisco

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The California Academy of Sciences is a natural history museum in San Francisco, California, that is among the largest museums of natural history in the world, housing over 26 million specimens. The Academy began in 1853 as a learned society and still carries out a large amount of original research, with exhibits and education becoming significant endeavors of the museum during the 20th century.
Completely rebuilt in 2008, the building covers 400000ft2 and is among the newest natural history museums in the United States. The primary building in Golden Gate Park reopened on September 27, 2008.
The California Academy of Sciences, California's oldest operating museum and research institution for the natural sciences, is governed by a forty-one member Board of Trustees who are nominated and chosen by the Academy Fellows. The Academy Fellows are, in turn, "ominated by their colleagues and appointed by the Board of Trustees...the Fellows remain members of the Fellowship for life." The Board of Trustees are then responsible for appointing the executive management of the Academy, who in turn are responsible for overseeing the Academy's overall operation and the hiring of its other managers and employees.
Museum and aquarium operationsThe Academy's museum operations are the outward, "public face" of the Academy of Sciences and the educational aspects of the exhibits and public outreach programs are managed in a division called "Public Engagement and Education" . Underlying these operations is a staff of hundreds of employees who operate the day-to-day functions without which the Academy could not offer its programs. The operations branch of the Academy is divided into three departments: Building Operations, Guest Operations, and IT Services.
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  • This was a thrilling show displayed on the vast screen within the large dome. And it is 'free', already included in the main entrance ticket. To ensure that all astronomical details are right up to.....  more
    This was a thrilling show displayed on the vast screen within the large dome. And it is 'free', already included in the main entrance ticket. To ensure that all astronomical details are right up to.....  more »
  • I want to start off by saying that The Planetarium is in Golden Gate Park across from the de Young Museum, not in the North Beach area stated on the maps here on Trip Advisor. Don't go to the wrong... 
    I want to start off by saying that The Planetarium is in Golden Gate Park across from the de Young Museum, not in the North Beach area stated on the maps here on Trip Advisor. Don't go to the wrong...  more »
  • I’ve been coming here since I was a kid. There’s a variety of planetarium shows and they change seasonally. Never a disappointment. 
    I’ve been coming here since I was a kid. There’s a variety of planetarium shows and they change seasonally. Never a disappointment.  more »
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  • I just finished writing a review of the California Academy of science and was amazed by it. I then seen a special place for a review of the Morrison Planetarium. I was so impressed by this place I decided to write another one just about it. I have always wanted to go to a planetarium as I am really fascinated by space and the vastness of it. I didn't know what happens at a Planetarium I thought they just talked about space and put some pictures on a wall. Unbeknownst to me it was the most amazing thing I have ever seen. Put yourself in a 95ft snow globe and relax. Being a BIG space geek it took me 10 seconds into the 1st show for my mind to totally explode 🤯🤯🤯🤯 for what I was seeing in this screen. My sister and I went to it and we walked out after only to book the next 2 shows. She said she got goosebumps watching it a few times. The 2nd show was about coral reefs, it was good but the last show done by Christian, our guide to the stars, blew my mind. I can not say enough about what I witnessed coming out of there. It makes me want to tour the world watching planetarium shows. If you even like space and or exploration you have to go here. It gave me a whole new lease on space and the universe and l like to like I am well versed in the topic. A few times I swear the room was moving....knowing damn well it wasn't. It might be not for people with motion sickness. Seeing how small a grain of sand we are in the vastness of space is crazy. Get to the planterium and check it out....if that's your think, you will love it.
  • More then I expected. Tix and parking a lil expensive but what else can u expect from SF. Area around the museum was clean with plenty of space for my 7 and 5yr old 2 run around. They even had food trucks out there to enjoy if u didnt wanna eat inside the museum. The museum was clean (bathrooms ) yes. Staff was friendly . The journey thru the stars show was great but maybe 8-10min to long imo. Defenitley worth a day trip.
  • I just want to keep going back. Sooo interesting!
  • So amazingly fantastic! Living World is very cool...
  • AMAZING! I wish it was a longer presentation, but as it's presented, it is immensely enjoyable!!

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