California Academy Of Sciences

★★★★★
  • 55 Music Concourse Dr

    San Francisco, CA 94118

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  • 415-379-8000

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Sun 11am-5pm, Mon-Sat 9:30am-5pm

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Plan to be here all day. I'm not kidding. This place has layers upon layers of science and technology to learn about and play with. Bring a lunch or eat at the cafe. It's decent food. A must see when in SFO.

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★★★★★

Plan to be here all day. I'm not kidding. This place has layers upon layers of science and technology to learn about and play with. Bring a lunch or eat at the cafe. It's decent food. A must see when in SFO.

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I love this museum!

I first ventured into the California Academy of Sciences on a date -- it was one of the best dates ever!

The museum has so many different exhibits; a rainforest complete with free-flying butterflies and birds plus some caged animals as well, an awesome aquarium with tons of different fish and coral exhibits, and a living roof.

This museum is great for kids and adults alike. They also have ""adult night"" on Thursdays, but I've never been.

Their individual (and changing) exhibits should be included in the General Admission price. I'd love to check one out.

2
★★★★☆

I love this museum!

I first ventured into the California Academy of Sciences on a date -- it was one of the best dates ever!

The museum has so many different exhibits; a rainforest complete with free-flying butterflies and birds plus some caged animals as well, an awesome aquarium with tons of different fish and coral exhibits, and a living roof.

This museum is great for kids and adults alike. They also have ""adult night"" on Thursdays, but I've never been.

Their individual (and changing) exhibits should be included in the General Admission price. I'd love to check one out.

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CA Academy of Sciences opens at 9:30a.m. and we arrived a little after 10 without any lines. We went straight to the planetarium to get out passes for the 12p.m. show and began our journey. It's important to get your passes ASAP because the shows fill up quick!

We started off in the aquarium and saw some of the prettiest, craziest, ugliest, biggest, smallest and coolest fish! There are a lot of under water tunnels so you can see the fish from every angle ... which kind of freaked me out sometimes! From the aquarium we ran over to the cafe for a quick lunch before the planetarium show. There was all types of different foods, all of which was pretty good! Sandwiches, tacos, chicken, rice, salad, spring rolls, soup, and tons more I didn't see.

The planetarium was definitely our favorite part! The show was called 'Fragile Planet' and was about our Earth and the universe we live in. It really showed us (in the coolest way possible) just how small we really are! It also made me feel very lucky to be apart of this crazy phenomenon we call life!

After the show we visited the Rooftop Garden or the ""Living Roof."" It's pretty fascinating to see how many different flowers, birds, and insects thrive off of this rooftop! We also saw solar panels along the roof which provides the building with 5-10% of its electricity. It was a beautiful day so we got great views of GG park, the Musical Concourse, and the de Young Museum.

Another great exhibit the museum houses is the four story life-like Rain Forest. Get ready to sweat when you get in here because not only does it look and smell like a rain forest, it's hot and muggy like a rain forest too! Filled with plants, animals, and insects the rain forest was really fun to walk through. The prettiest part were the butterfly's that flew freely throughout the entire exhibit.

Towards the end of our journey we went through the African Hall where we saw mostly replicas of animals that live in Africa. One of the few live animals in this exhibit were the African Penguins! Yes! Penguins live in Africa too! Crazy hu!

It was a long day of walking through the CA Academy of Sciences. We all had a great time and I can't wait to go back!

2
★★★★★

CA Academy of Sciences opens at 9:30a.m. and we arrived a little after 10 without any lines. We went straight to the planetarium to get out passes for the 12p.m. show and began our journey. It's important to get your passes ASAP because the shows fill up quick!

We started off in the aquarium and saw some of the prettiest, craziest, ugliest, biggest, smallest and coolest fish! There are a lot of under water tunnels so you can see the fish from every angle ... which kind of freaked me out sometimes! From the aquarium we ran over to the cafe for a quick lunch before the planetarium show. There was all types of different foods, all of which was pretty good! Sandwiches, tacos, chicken, rice, salad, spring rolls, soup, and tons more I didn't see.

The planetarium was definitely our favorite part! The show was called 'Fragile Planet' and was about our Earth and the universe we live in. It really showed us (in the coolest way possible) just how small we really are! It also made me feel very lucky to be apart of this crazy phenomenon we call life!

After the show we visited the Rooftop Garden or the ""Living Roof."" It's pretty fascinating to see how many different flowers, birds, and insects thrive off of this rooftop! We also saw solar panels along the roof which provides the building with 5-10% of its electricity. It was a beautiful day so we got great views of GG park, the Musical Concourse, and the de Young Museum.

Another great exhibit the museum houses is the four story life-like Rain Forest. Get ready to sweat when you get in here because not only does it look and smell like a rain forest, it's hot and muggy like a rain forest too! Filled with plants, animals, and insects the rain forest was really fun to walk through. The prettiest part were the butterfly's that flew freely throughout the entire exhibit.

Towards the end of our journey we went through the African Hall where we saw mostly replicas of animals that live in Africa. One of the few live animals in this exhibit were the African Penguins! Yes! Penguins live in Africa too! Crazy hu!

It was a long day of walking through the CA Academy of Sciences. We all had a great time and I can't wait to go back!

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All I remember from my childhood of this place was a lot of green algae growing in tanks, everywhere!

I went recently and really enjoyed the Living Philippine Coral Reef exhibit.
""The Academy chose to feature a Philippine coral reef because the reef systems in the Philippines are among the most diverse in the world.""

Very serene and eerie. Cool!

2
★★★★★

All I remember from my childhood of this place was a lot of green algae growing in tanks, everywhere!

I went recently and really enjoyed the Living Philippine Coral Reef exhibit.
""The Academy chose to feature a Philippine coral reef because the reef systems in the Philippines are among the most diverse in the world.""

Very serene and eerie. Cool!

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A great place to take the family. My kids loved all the exhibits from the Rain Forest to the Ocean. It was a little crowded when we went but that's expected for a Saturday. If you want a good out of town experience with the family then the California Academy of Sciences is a great place to go.

2
★★★★★

A great place to take the family. My kids loved all the exhibits from the Rain Forest to the Ocean. It was a little crowded when we went but that's expected for a Saturday. If you want a good out of town experience with the family then the California Academy of Sciences is a great place to go.

Pros: Awesome experience with the family

Cons: A little crowded

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I never saw it in its old home, but I loved visiting it in its temporary home. This is an example of how to do these things best. There are surprisingly few world-class attractions in San Francisco, but I'd say this is already one of them, even before it fully opens.

Intelligent, good use of some eye-catching exhibits; I loved it and would go again.

5
★★★★★

I never saw it in its old home, but I loved visiting it in its temporary home. This is an example of how to do these things best. There are surprisingly few world-class attractions in San Francisco, but I'd say this is already one of them, even before it fully opens.

Intelligent, good use of some eye-catching exhibits; I loved it and would go again.

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It's small and definitely a pale imitation of the great old museum it was out in Golden Gate Park but it's still beautifully presented and accessible by children and adults. We cannot wait for the new one to open in 2008.

The Howard Street temporary version features high quality exhibits that engage explorers of all ages to look, touch and experience science up close. The current large exhibit, Dinosaurs: Ancient Fossils, New Discoveries, is a winner. We saw how dinosaurs might have moved, where they probably lived and what they might have looked like with skin, feathers or fur . We saw many creatures we had not heard of before and with the invitation to touch actual dinosaur bones throughout. The fish, frogs, snakes and penguins are all still there and all doing interesting things. You can poke your nose right up to a piranha tank or a boa tank and see them react to you. It's small, as I say but will provide 2 or more hours of solid fun and learning. The cafe is nice and has vegetarian options like grilled cheese and gardenburgers. The shop is also small but stuffed with nice things at reasonable prices. Enjoy!

5
★★★★★

It's small and definitely a pale imitation of the great old museum it was out in Golden Gate Park but it's still beautifully presented and accessible by children and adults. We cannot wait for the new one to open in 2008.

The Howard Street temporary version features high quality exhibits that engage explorers of all ages to look, touch and experience science up close. The current large exhibit, Dinosaurs: Ancient Fossils, New Discoveries, is a winner. We saw how dinosaurs might have moved, where they probably lived and what they might have looked like with skin, feathers or fur . We saw many creatures we had not heard of before and with the invitation to touch actual dinosaur bones throughout. The fish, frogs, snakes and penguins are all still there and all doing interesting things. You can poke your nose right up to a piranha tank or a boa tank and see them react to you. It's small, as I say but will provide 2 or more hours of solid fun and learning. The cafe is nice and has vegetarian options like grilled cheese and gardenburgers. The shop is also small but stuffed with nice things at reasonable prices. Enjoy!

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The new home for the Academy of Sciences has opened
in Golden Gate Park - what a fantastic job they did - the
new fish displays are beautiful - the rain forest is great -
they saved some of the old and mixed it with the new -
cannot wait to see the roof garden this spring when all
the flowers are in bloom - a great place to spend on a
rainy day - the staff is friendly and helpful -

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★★★★★

The new home for the Academy of Sciences has opened
in Golden Gate Park - what a fantastic job they did - the
new fish displays are beautiful - the rain forest is great -
they saved some of the old and mixed it with the new -
cannot wait to see the roof garden this spring when all
the flowers are in bloom - a great place to spend on a
rainy day - the staff is friendly and helpful -

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California Academy of Sciences is a lot smaller in its new location, but still a treat for the kids to go and see. We really like all the fish tanks, but cant wait for the remodeling to be finished.

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California Academy of Sciences is a lot smaller in its new location, but still a treat for the kids to go and see. We really like all the fish tanks, but cant wait for the remodeling to be finished.

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