California Academy of Sciences

5/5 (3 Reviews)
Like a mirror for the city itself, here you'll explore the earth, sea and sky all in one magical place. Check out the world's largest all-digital planetarium, a natural history museum, an impressive aquarium and a four-story rain forest. Whew!
  • Adult gate price $34.95
  • Child gate price $24.95
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The California Academy of Sciences has it all; an entire universe under a 2.5 acre living roof! See the world’s largest all-digital planetarium, a natural history museum, an aquarium AND a four-story rainforest all in one place! Experience the most comprehensive science complex around and gain a deep appreciation for the beauty and mysteries of the earth, sea, and sky! The California Academy of Sciences is not just for the academically-inclined; it’s a must-see on any traveler’s itinerary, offering something to suit everyone’s’ taste. Here’s a preview of the various puzzle pieces of this massive scientific complex that have been put together under one roof for your entertainment and learning experience:

Steinhart Aquarium: This unique aquarium is home to 38,000 live animals from around the world including African penguins, sharks and stingrays. It also houses a beautiful Philippine Coral reef and mangrove which sits in 212,000 gallons of water and is surrounded by delicate corals, blacktip reef sharks, stingrays, and vibrant reef fish— replicating one of the most diverse marine ecosystems on the planet. Other galleries include a 100,000-gallon Northern California Coast tank, a giant sea bass and an elusive giant Pacific octopus! You’ll also see the Rainforests of the World Gallery, complete with exotic reptiles and a “Flooded Forest” tank, as well as the “The Swamp Gallery”, which is home to both American alligators and snapping turtles.

Morrison Planetarium: The largest all-digital planetarium in the world, Morrison features a state-of-the-art projector and software, which gives visitors the most accurate and interactive digital universe ever created! The dome has a 75-foot projection screen on which visitors can watch movies such as the current film, Life: A Cosmic Story, and learn about how life on earth began with the first stars. Movies change at intervals, so check museum website for up-to-date showings.

Kimball Natural History Museum: Explore the evolution of life on Earth and the conservation efforts needed to sustain it. The Academy’s 150-plus years of research and 20 million specimens make this well-worth the visit. Exhibits include the African Hall (mounted lions, zebras, baboons, tortoise and an entire colony of African penguins), Islands of Evolution (exploring the remote islands of Madagascar and Darwin’s stomping grounds in the Galapagos-- you’ll see his famous finches and use a Wii game to collect . virtual insects!), Climate Change in California (which lets you measure the impact of your decisions on a carbon scale). You’ll also see the Foucault pendulum, which shows proof of the Earth’s rotation, and an 87-foot-long blue whale skeleton sitting next to a T-Rex!

Rainforests of the World: Step into a 4-story living rainforest, dripping with water, and full of croaking frogs and noisy birds. You’ll have the chance to look inside a Borneo bat cave, see chameleons from Madagascar, and climb into the tree-tops of Costa Rica to see free-flying birds and butterflies! One of the highlights is the glass elevator that brings you up into the flooded forest of the Amazon, putting you in an acrylic tunnel that lets you walk under catfish and arapaima as they swim above you!

Don’t miss this massive science complex. CalAcademy is a place that legitimately makes learning fun for the younger members of your family, but also a super-entertaining trip for any age through the habitats of all the world’s animals, fish, plants, and much more! Conde Nast called the California Academy of Sciences one of the “Modern Wonders of the World”, and it’s no secret that this is one of San Francisco’s most exciting attractions.

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[3 of 3 customers found this review helpful]

GO GO GO!!!!!!!
By happy person from lancashire,UK on
Pros:
Got To Front Of Line, Good food, Friendly staff, Amazing Planetarium
Cons:
no cons,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations California Academy of Sciences:

With go san francisco card you get to front of line just ask the security man or someone to get to the front its great for kids and adults and it is so big you may want a whole day like we did.

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[3 of 3 customers found this review helpful]

Talk about GORGEOUS
By Ash the Traveller from New York on
Pros:
So Many Live Animals, great for photos, Butterfly Room, Live Shows, Beautiful Location, Great for kids, Planetarium, Great for couples, So Much To Seedo, So Much To See
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations California Academy of Sciences:

The SAN FRAN card made this trip so much better. Entry to the Academy of Sciences was painless, and we were able to enjoy a whole day there!

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[17 of 20 customers found this review helpful]

Great Day!
By Mac Daddy from Orange County on
Pros:
Awesome exhibits, Don't miss, Great lunch
Cons:
Closes too early,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations California Academy of Sciences:

This museum was awesome. I highly recommend it.We had awonderful time and a great lunch (kinda' expensive - but you get a lot of food). Don't miss the extreme mammals exhibit. It was a great day. I'd do this again and again...... and again!

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Phone: (415) 379-8000

Address

55 Music Concourse Drive
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA 94118

Hours

Monday-Saturday, 9:30 am-5:00 pm; Sunday, 11:00 am-5:00 pm
(Last ticket entry to CA Academy of Sciences is at 4:00 pm)

Note

The Academy is free to the general public on select Sundays throughout the year and admission is provided on a first-come, first-served basis on these dates (February 9, 2014 and June 1, 2014). We advise visiting on an alternate date to avoid massive crowds.

Closings

Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
  • Open year-round
  • Good for families
  • Parking available
  • Restaurant or snack bar
  • Restrooms
  • Disabled access
  • Reservations not required

Address

55 Music Concourse Drive
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA 94118

Public Transportation

Muni to Golden Gate Park: The #44-O'Shaughnessy bus stops across from the Academy.
The #5-Fulton and the #21-Hayes stop at 8th and Fulton Streets, just outside the park.
The N-Judah Muni Metro streetcar stops at 9th Avenue and Irving Street; the Academy is a 5 minute walk.
Proceed to the CA Academy of Sciences Main Ticket Window Present your admission pass to any Ticket agent for entry. Be sure to get your admission pass back from the staff as you will need it to access your other attractions

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