Steinhart Aquarium, San Francisco

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Steinhart Aquarium is one of the most biodiverse and interactive aquariums in the world. Home to 38,000 animals and more than 1,000 species of plants and animals, it offers guests an unprecedented view of underwater life and provides insight into the critical role that aquatic environments play in life on Earth.

The original Steinhart Aquarium opened in Golden Gate Park in 1923. It quickly became world famous for its novel exhibits and unusual animals, and was the model for many of the public aquariums that opened in the years that followed. Several components of the old Steinhart Aquarium have returned in the new aquarium, which opened back in the park in 2008, including the dramatic entrance columns, the vaulted ceiling, the sea horse railing, and the Swamp (alligator) exhibit. New technologies and advances in animal husbandry have made it possible for the Steinhart to create a suite of stunning new aquarium exhibits, including the world’s largest and deepest indoor coral reef, a four-level rainforest display, and more.

Learn more: http://www.calacademy.org/academy/exhibits/aquarium/
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  • What a treat! This is such a great space, and the way it is constructed is great. The fish on display are like living, moving jewels, and the settings are beautiful. There's so much to see, so much in...  more »
  • It had been some time since we visited the aquarium in the park. It has changed quite a bit, with some new additions in the building. The planetarium, the animal exhibit, and alligator groto are still...  more »
  • Located inside the California Academy of Science, Steinhart Aquarium features marvelous examples of California marine life. They've done a superb job of integrating the aquarium into the adjacent natu...  more »
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  • The docents, displays, exhibits and service were awesome. We have visited dozens of science museums aquariums and zoos, from Tokyo to New England. I feel good offering my opinion that this is a world class museum and world class staff. Everything was on message and engaging.
  • Fantastic aquarium. Way bigger than expected. You have several floor to ceiling pool displays, with great variety. Well maintained and very informative. Good for a 3 to 4 hr adventure.
  • Great aquarium for kids and adults ! Bigger than I expected. Loved being able to touch sea urchins !
  • Back in the day it was fun coming here before the rennovation when they tried to make the place fancy by spending $1 billion. And in 1989, we got to go behind the scenes because we had a museum pass. There was a cute cuttle fish hanging out in a rubber maid that wanted some attention. I used to like the crocodile open area. There was a Giant Pacific salamander in a tank my mom said she saw one when she was a kid in 1950s. Back then the Giant Pacific salamander was rare too.
  • This is a great little aquarium! Seemed bigger than I expected as we wandered through it, with some fun interactive displays, a touch tank, and great information about the fish being shown. There are also dive shows a couple times a day in one of the big tanks, mostly aimed at kids.

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