California Academy of Sciences

California Academy of Sciences

55 Music Concourse Dr (at Martin Luther King Jr Dr), San Francisco, CA 94118
Open until 5:00pm (Show more)
  • Mon–Sat
    • 9:30 AM–5:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 11:00 AM–5:00 PM
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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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  • "... history museum, and rainforest how could you not want to come back." (21 tips)
  • "... Don’t miss the Living Roof observation level and the popular,..." (7 tips)
  • "Thursday nightlife: fab DJ's, bars on all levels, strange..." (5 tips)
  • NASA

    The only place on Earth with an aquarium, a planetarium, a natural history museum, and a 4-story rainforest all under one roof! The Morrison Planetarium is the largest all-digital dome in the world. Read more

    NASA · December 7, 2010
  • AskMen

    An aquarium, zoo and science center all rolled into one; try one of the adult sleepovers (with an on-site bar) to get in touch with your wild side. Read more

    AskMen · May 5, 2011
  • National Wildlife Federation

    Check out the Living Roof of the California Academy of Sciences and see how life such as vegetation, insects and birds can make use of this sustainable feature! Read more

  • Tantek Ç.

    Just go. It rocks. Could spend hours there. Hours. Probably even days.

    Tantek Ç. · March 6, 2009
  • AskMen

    Hit up the California Academy of Sciences on Thursday nights. They always have great live music, creative cocktails and there is always a diverse, hip crowd hanging out and enjoying the scenery. Read more

    AskMen · April 15, 2011
  • SF Weekly

    Check in at the CAS on 12/1 for SF Weekly's Holiday Benefit and One Warm Coat coat drive w/ open bars all night, DJ, & good food. Buy your tix now as there will be no ticket sales at the door! Read more

    SF Weekly · November 18, 2010
  • José L.

    Go to Thursday Nightlife

    José L. · July 29, 2009
  • Diane O.

    Hung out with the butterflies in the rain forest--so cool. It is warm in there, so dress in layers.

    Diane O. · August 25, 2009
  • Elena Q.

    check out the living roof...really cool, I want my next home with a roof like that ;)

    Elena Q. · August 27, 2009
  • Nedra

    Thursday Nights Nightlife at the Academy of Sciences. Bars open and 21+.

    Nedra · April 9, 2010
  • Dora

    Head on over on the first Wednesday of the month: admission is FREE! Get here early to avoid the long, long lines!Powered by Read more

    Dora · June 30, 2010
  • sam t.

    The Planetarium! Go early on a weekday. Don't go on a school holiday. When you arrive, go directly to the Planetarium and get your pass for the show.

    sam t. · March 13, 2009
  • Travis W.

    Visit the living rooftop for an incredible view of the area.

    Travis W. · April 12, 2010
  • Cameo W.

    Gaze at the Foucault Pendulum until it knocks over a pin.

    Cameo W. · April 27, 2009
  • Benjamin R.


    Benjamin R. · August 27, 2010
  • ecomagination

    The LEED Platinum-certified CAS is considered the greenest museum in the world for its mix of solar panels, radiant floor heating, recycled denim insulation & one of the coolest green roofs we've seen

    ecomagination · April 20, 2011
  • Heather S.

    Definitely check out the Rainforest and Planetarium. The Extreme Mammal exhibit is awesome, too. In the Africa exhibit pay attention to the background of the zebras. You'll get a neat surprise!

    Heather S. · April 5, 2010
  • ScottySauce

    be sure to see the platypus exhibit. They are so fun to watch and they are truly more than just one of God's jokes when it comes to nature.

    ScottySauce · August 16, 2011
  • Matthias Z.

    Go to the California Academy of Sciences and first check out the gigantic indoor greenhouse. Next visit the aquariums in the basement. Finally get some great snacks in the cafeteria.

    Matthias Z. · September 28, 2009
  • Dora

    Walk, bike, or take public transit to the Academy if you can—it’s good for $3 off of a general admission ticket.Powered by Read more

    Dora · June 30, 2010
  • Min Jung K.

    Try and go on a weekday (totally pro if you or a friend are a member) and visit the rainforest exhibit.

    Min Jung K. · March 25, 2010
  • Shadi M.

    Nightlife. Get there early or with a member so you can get a ticket to the planatarium. They disappear quickly. Amazing! And then grab a drink and walk around the aquarium.

    Shadi M. · July 23, 2009
  • Jason C.

    Definitely check out the planetarium. It's not at all like the ones you went to as a kid.

    Jason C. · March 27, 2010
  • Tantek Ç.

    find the vertical circular window on the aquarium, stand in the middle of it with your arms and legs stretched out in a SKA dancing pose, and have a friend take your photograph.

    Tantek Ç. · July 21, 2009
  • Safire L.

    Nightlife! Every Thursday night: DJs, geeky lectures, and drinks... oh my! Where else can you get drunk and learn at the same time? ($10)

    Safire L. · March 20, 2009
  • Nicki D.

    It's all about the leafy seadragons (seahorses that look like plants)... And peguins!!

    Nicki D. · January 11, 2010
  • Jon B.

    The third Thursday of every month is a realtime tour of the universe in the planetarium at Nightlife. Read more

    Jon B. · November 25, 2009
  • courtney s.

    Thursday nights. no kids. drinks

    courtney s. · April 12, 2009
  • Rod B.

    Entry is $25, but if you buy a $100 membership, you get entry-for-two for a year, so if you go twice in twelve months (and you can't take it all in in one day), you're even!

    Rod B. · June 6, 2009
  • Brent T.

    Check out the planetarium

    Brent T. · April 28, 2009
  • Ann L.

    Nightlife - so much better than the daytime

    Ann L. · June 5, 2010
  • Corinne and Jonathan

    Don't miss the aquarium, natural history museum and planetarium! There is even an indoor rain forest and make sure to go all the way to the top to see the cool green roof.

    Corinne and Jonathan · August 13, 2011
  • The Bold Italic

    NightLife at CAS is super popular. Get there early if you want to see the rain forest or planetarium, and buy your tickets in advance if you don’t want to wait in line outside in the fog. Read more

    The Bold Italic · March 10, 2011
  • K T.

    One of my place in the city... love the planetarium and love the aquarium...

    K T. · February 10, 2010
  • Alex B.

    The anti-deYoung, it is much easier to visit the California Academy of Sciences. The Rainforest exhibit and planetarium were the most impressive of the lot.

    Alex B. · August 12, 2009
  • Abraham F.

    Nightlife is so much fun when you are with all your friends, you get to dance meet people and have a cocktail or two :)

    Abraham F. · June 19, 2010
  • Sabrina A.

    Go watch "Journey to the Stars" narrated by Whoopi Goldberg. The new Planetarium has an amazing new screen (hadn't seen the star show since 1989) and the new projectors situated throughout the theatre Read more

    Sabrina A. · November 20, 2009
  • roderick j.

    Looked at a sleeping turtle

    roderick j. · July 16, 2009
  • Bing

    After some culture, take in some nature. Here’s a trail map to find your way to the park’s coolest spots:

    Bing · February 6, 2012
  • Laura C.

    Nightlife at Calif. Academy of Sciences on Thursday nights (adults only / bars / djs).

    Laura C. · November 17, 2011
  • Benedict C.

    Go for an annual membership for only $99. You can bring a goes in with you for free. The $99 is tax deductible.

    Benedict C. · November 15, 2011
  • K12 Inc

    Did you know? Founded in 1853, just three years after California joined the United States, the Academy of Sciences was the first institution of its kind west of the Atlantic seaboard. Read more

    K12 Inc · June 30, 2011
  • Rachel G.

    Thursday nights "Nightlife" event is a MUST see. Cocktails, dancing, and wild animals... Read more

    Rachel G. · May 3, 2010
  • Jenna B.

    Check out the Children's Eel Garden next to the Philippine coral reef!

    Jenna B. · January 18, 2010
  • Derrik D.

    Definitely don't miss the planetarium, the best show there.

    Derrik D. · November 27, 2009
  • Jon B.

    The third Thursday of every month is a realtime tour of the universe in the planetarium at Nightlife.

    Jon B. · November 25, 2009
  • Sanket A.

    go early for the planetarium passes. they go quickly. also check out the naturalist center on the 2nd flr Read more

    Sanket A. · November 8, 2009
  • Amber D.

    Go to California Academy of Sciences. See the sites.

    Amber D. · August 5, 2009
  • Ana C.

    Hit up the Thursday nightlife.

    Ana C. · July 15, 2009
  • Dan W.

    Find the children's eel garden during Nightlife for a secret DJ.

    Dan W. · October 12, 2012

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