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California Academy of Sciences

California Academy of Sciences

Science Museum, Planetarium, and Aquarium · Golden Gate Park
55 Music Concourse Dr (at Martin Luther King Jr Dr), San Francisco, CA 94118, United States
Hours:
Closed until 11:00 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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  • Kait G.
    Nightlife on Thursdays.
    Kait Gaiss · 2 weeks ago
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  • David H.
    First thing you do should be grabbing planetarium tickets for a showing later in the day!
    David Hu · April 24
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  • Dan W.
    It's all about the Thursday nights.
    Dan White · April 17
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  • Helio M.
    Really love this place! You should try the earthquake machine :) the cafeteria isn't good at all
    Helio Medeiros · April 9
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  • Megan P.
    Slightly underwhelming for the price.
    Megan Pajtas · April 6
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  • Kian L.
    The rainforest and planetarium were so cool!
    Kian Lavi · April 1
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  • Jim A.
    Excellent museum. Go, and bring the kids. They don't have to be your kids.
    Jim Anderson · March 27
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  • Janet H.
    Come here on a Thursday night. Alcohol and science and no kids!
    Janet H · March 24
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  • Fran S.
    The aquarium, the rain forest, and diving Santa. Make sure to get tickets for planetarium early.
    Fran Su · March 23
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  • Leo K.
    Beautiful exhibits. But, on a rainy Monday on spring break with no other museums open, this place is a shitshow.
    Leo Kim · March 21
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  • Andrew A.
    Nightlife Rainforest closes at 7:30pm
    Andrew Ander · March 20
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  • Marina C.
    Amazing! A must see in SF!
    Marina Cardoso · March 19
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  • Dinnidin
    Thursday nights are great!
    Dinnidin · March 18
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  • Jess L.
    Claude is the fanciest alligator that ever was.
    Jess L · March 18
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  • Troy
    If you live in or are going to be in the bay area this is a great place to visit. I would go at off peak time to avoid some of the crowd but even so still a great experience.
    Troy · March 14
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  • Joe D.
    The Courtship Dance Stage is easily the most hilarious thing here.
    Joe Dudas · March 13
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  • Frank K.
    That albino alligator is amazing to see.
    Frank Kim · March 12
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  • Alex M.
    Evening adult enlightenment (drinking) sessions are great!
    Alex Mann · February 29
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  • Keith R.
    Great place to go to on a first date
    Keith Richardson II · February 26
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  • Ellie K.
    Great place to bring your kids or even have a date :) Beautiful exhibits (love aquarium & rain forest).
    Ellie Kravets · February 12
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  • Dan M.
    Expensive but totally worth it!
    Dan Mondragón Somera · February 9
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  • Greg D.
    Check out the planetarium and the earthquake simulator.
    Greg Dungca · January 20
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  • Natascha F.
    The aquarium and butterflies
    Natascha Fawthrop · January 19
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  • Ren W.
    The aquarium is awesome, better than the planetarium.
    Ren W · January 17
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  • Chloe C.
    Lines, to wait in more lines, to wait in a line...
    Chloe Condon · January 17
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  • Jeff R.
    Penguin feeding time is fun for all ages!
    Jeff Reine 🌧 · January 7
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  • Lynette
    Kids and I really enjoyed the day. Got to see almost all the presentations.
    Lynette · January 4
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  • Cameron K.
    The California Academy of Sciences is fun because you can go under the sea, visit a rain forest, and walk through the African Savanna.
    Cameron Ketcham · December 24, 2015
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  • Shil P.
    Go on the summer adult nights. where else can you find your fav artists DJing at an aquarium #RogueWave
    Shil Pa · December 10, 2015
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  • Cormac R.
    Everything about it is gorgeous.
    Cormac Riordan · November 30, 2015
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  • Nate L.
    Very cool but seems over priced.
    Nate Lawler · November 14, 2015
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  • Fi V.
    An amazing museum with a lot of activities, you need almost a whole day to do everything!
    Fi Vei · November 9, 2015
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  • Stephanie E.
    The planetarium is fantastic as is the aquarium level
    Stephanie Escobar · October 27, 2015
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  • Francisco J. B.
    Super busy on Sundays!
    Francisco J. Barrera · September 21, 2015
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  • Isabella U.
    THERE'S SO MUCH TO SEE!
    Isabella Ursos · September 14, 2015
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  • Sherry L.
    Thursday night life is fun!
    Sherry Li · September 6, 2015
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  • Raunaq G.
    Try out the fragile planet show in the planetarium. Its more about outer space than Earth itself but has an excellent immersive feel.
    Raunaq Gupta · August 31, 2015
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  • Doug V.
    Make sure you check out the living roof from the third floor.
    Doug Valente · August 31, 2015
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  • Ashley K.
    Birds and fish and dinos and stars!
    Ashley Kemper · August 31, 2015
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  • Ava
    I've been coming here since I was a small child but still love it in my early 20s. lots to see—give yourself time
    Ava · August 26, 2015
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  • Yuki K.
    Fantastic places. Love it. Read more
    Yuki Katniss · August 18, 2015
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  • Yuki K.
    Cool academy !! Read more
    Yuki Katniss · August 18, 2015
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  • Meghan S.
    Cool planetarium and aquarium
    Meghan Smith · August 13, 2015
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  • César B.
    If you're tourist, you have to visit this amazing museum. The ticket is a little expensive but is worth it.
    César Blue · August 4, 2015
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  • GS Raju
    Just seen Wonderful Aquarium.
    GS Raju · July 14, 2015
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  • Lisa H.
    Our favorite way to spend a Thursday night, Nightlife has DJs and bars stationed around the entire place for your Friday Eve enjoyment.
    Lisa Harper Carter · July 8, 2015
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  • Abby C.
    Very interesting. Spent a lot of time in the rainforest (albino alligator etc.) Both planetarium shows are informational too. Not a huge amount of things to do but you can stay busy!
    Abby C · July 1, 2015
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  • Bete P.
    Nightlife at the academy is really fun!!!
    Bete Pessoa · June 14, 2015
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  • Bete P.
    The planetarium it's amazing and the rainforest is a must!!!
    Bete Pessoa · June 14, 2015
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  • Stephanie R.
    Great place for kids of all ages! The rainforest is awesome!
    Stephanie Robinson · June 2, 2015
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