California Academy of Sciences

California Academy of Sciences

Science Museum, Planetarium, and Aquarium
55 Music Concourse Dr (at Martin Luther King Jr Dr), San Francisco, CA 94118, United States
Hours:
Closed until 9:30 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sat
    • 9:30 AM–5:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 11:00 AM–5:00 PM
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Wi-Fi:
Free

Explore a coral reef, the Amazon and outer space—all in one day. Only at the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park.

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    Rochie M.
    Be sure to visit the Planetarium & the Living Roof!(9 Tips)
    99designs
    And they have an albino boa constrictor AND an albino alligator.(6 Tips)
    T.LO
    Thursday Nightlife entertainment and cocktails(6 Tips)
    Dan W.
    Find the children's eel garden during Nightlife for a secret DJ.(10 Tips)
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  • Jon L.

    Do not miss the summer Nightlife events. Cheap admission and fun learning that changes every Thursday!

    Jon L · 7 hours ago
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  • Nao T.

    カリフォルニア・科学アカデミー新館:レンゾ・ピアノ(2008)。展示室のほか、水族館プラネタリウム、亜熱帯研究室などが一つの建物に集められた、世界最大規模の自然科学博物館。地球環境保護がテーマであり、細かくしたデニム生地を断熱材に使用するなどの工夫が随所にみられる。丘のような屋上には、さまざまな植物が生い茂る。

    Nao Tomita · 1 week ago
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  • Chris 'Marshall' M.

    EVERYTHING

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  • Alex B.

    Thursday night life.

    Alex Baldwin · 2 weeks ago
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  • Scott F.

    The simulated earth quake is fun and not scary.

    Scott Fisher · 3 weeks ago
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  • Vitor H.

    Earthquake experience it's really cool

    Vitor Hugo · April 9
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  • Silvia E.

    Way more than I anticipated. The place itself is a work of art. Thumbs up. My fav was the rainforest with all the butterflies and wild birds flying free.

    Silvia Edgell · April 5
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  • Trish P.

    Membership at the California academy is the best - perfect for days out in the world of science.

    Trish Peach · April 5
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  • Destynee A.

    All the exhibits are good! The cafe is incredibly expensive, I would recommend bringing your own lunch. Also bring money for the parking garage there. Easier than parking on the street!

    Destynee Autumn · April 4
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  • Eric     吳道湘

    Better to go at night time. They have booze but a bit pricey but no kids

    Eric 吳道湘 · April 1
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  • Daniel P.

    The CalAcad Planetarium beats out every other planetarium oh been to in terms of projection and show quality.

    Daniel Plemmons · March 30
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  • Libby L.

    Earthquake exhibit is my favorite

    Libby Lee-Egan · March 22
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  • David T.

    Awesome aquarium and rainforest exhibit. Butterflies run rampant in a realistic biological setting. Took my fiancee and I about 3 and a half hours to get through everything. Worth every penny

    David Tibbitts · March 18
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  • Ashley M.

    Incredible aquarium...incomparable to the Aquarium by the Bay. NightLife is a fun way to see it on Thursday nights. It's 21+ w/ cocktails available all over the museum and special exhibits and themes.

    Ashley Miller · March 13
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  • Sid S.

    Brilliantly maintained museum with a massive collection of animals. A beautiful aquarium along with the tropical rainforest tour. End it off by seeing the massive sperm whale skeleton.

    Sid Singh · March 8
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  • Diana D.

    Penguins are amazingly cute!

    Diana Dumbravean · March 7
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  • Lily K.

    Pricey admission but lots of interesting exhibits. Worth it if you see the whole place

    Lily Kwong · March 4
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  • Alan x.

    Increíble lugar! No olviden subir el techo viviente!

    Alan x el mundo · February 25
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  • Andrey K.

    Giraffes are not afraid of earthquakes

    Andrey Klen · February 22
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  • Emma

    Lovely place. The botanic garden and aquarium are my favorites. Visually stunning and dazzling.

    Emma · February 22
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  • Luis Yi

    it is amazing

    Luis Yi · February 14
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  • MisterEastlake

    This is the "largest public Platinum-rated building in the world, and also the world’s greenest museum", and also houses the Steinhart Aquarium & the Morrison Planetarium.

    MisterEastlake · February 11
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  • JJ V.

    Planetarium very informative

    JJ Venturini · January 31
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  • Marcia V.

    Maravilha vale a pena conhecer .

    Marcia Vieira · January 27
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  • AFAR Media

    On a Thursday evening swing by for an evening of "music, creatures and cocktails". Every week they feature live bands or DJs and various events- meanwhile cocktail bars stand ready for your serving. Read more

    AFAR Media · January 22
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  • Chuck R.

    get tickets for the dome shows early THEN go walk around - they fill up quickly!

    Chuck Reynolds · January 20
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  • Teresa V.

    Earthquake!

    Teresa Vu · January 19
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  • Silvia P.

    Planetario. Maravilloso

    Silvia Perez · January 18
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  • Jenny J.

    Amazing place to spend a day with the kids.

    Jenny Jensen · January 17
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  • Sebastian M.

    Come here on Thursdays night!

    Sebastian Martinez · January 16
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  • Kirstie O.

    Planetarium amazing. Spend a day here well worth it. Good food also. When we were there Galapagos was a highlight.

    Kirstie O'Donnell · January 15
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  • Nika

    Очень понравился центр! Кабинка имитирующая землетрясения👍! В кафе на первом этаже можно перекусить. Берите Nudl salad и вкусная содовая)

    Nika · January 7
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  • Rebecca W.

    Come early. Grab free tickets for the planetarium. Spend a whole day here and get inspired!

    Rebecca Wang · January 2
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  • Salomon S.

    The aquarium is the best part. The jellyfish are mesmerizing

    Salomon Sambra · December 30, 2014
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  • Ryan W.

    Visit the planetarium!

    Ryan Wyatt · December 28, 2014
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  • Kyria D.

    Museum maravilhoso para todas as idades

    Kyria Darsaclis · December 28, 2014
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  • Ty W.

    Nightlife. Thursdays. Go. Be merry. Say hi to the Albino gator.

    Ty Wu · December 11, 2014
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  • Eugenia

    It kind of makes you want to be a scientist, great and gorgeous museum

    Eugenia · December 11, 2014
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  • Karina L.

    The tropical forest inside is simply wonderful. It is very warm but you can find lots is butterflies flying free

    Karina Lopes · December 4, 2014
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  • Ian W.

    There's a squashed penny machine by the aquarium gift shop.

    Ian Westcott · December 1, 2014
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  • Molly B.

    Make sure you go up to the Living Roof at sunset!

    Molly Bagby · December 1, 2014
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  • Tammie T.

    Loved the skulls exhibit as well as aquarium and penguin feeding.

    Tammie Tam · November 30, 2014
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  • Patrick S.

    , I oh i 89 the 3

    Patrick Shin · November 26, 2014
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  • Nancy C.

    Wonderful place to learn about nature. Weekends are full of kids. Night life is a whole other crowd. Can't get enough of CalAcademy. Oh yea, I'm a docent there, so this isn't biased at all.

    Nancy Chen · November 26, 2014
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  • Katie S.

    Be sure to check out the Steinhart Aquarium!

    Katie Stamos · November 24, 2014
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  • Be A.

    The places amazing, I strongly reccomend for everyone. You will remember your science teacher at a primary school.

    Be Andrada · November 21, 2014
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  • Pablo Ariel D.

    Linda excursion. La entrada es cara (35 usd) pero con el CityPass pasas gratis. Ir al subsuelo donde hay seccion dedicada al mar. Recomendado!

    Pablo Ariel Di Loreto · November 15, 2014
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  • Bennett W.

    Perfect for kids, teens, adults and seniors. If you're studying biology and astronomy, then this is the perfect venue to enhance your knowledge in these subject fields.

    Bennett Wong · November 13, 2014
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  • Chona G.

    Great fun and educational for young and old alike

    Chona Guernsey · November 7, 2014
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  • Nina S.

    Thursdat nightlife is awesome! No kids, drink while exploring, dj playing some tunes! This is the way to see a museum

    Nina S · November 7, 2014
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