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California Academy of Sciences

California Academy of Sciences

Science Museum, Planetarium, and Aquarium
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
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  • thursday night
  • rainforest
  • living roof
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  • Ailie C.
    Ailie Chang2 weeks ago
    Come Thursday Nights! The aquarium was the best part.
  • Brandon N.
    Brandon Nuckelt3 weeks ago
    Go for the Late Night evenings for a learn, dance, and chill with a nice cocktail. It's adults only!
  • Manu V.
    Manu VethOctober 12
    Interesting. A perfect place to bring kids.
  • Curtis S.
    Curtis ShoungSeptember 24
    It's all about the aquarium and the butterfly room. Everything else is a bit meh
  • Jessie S.
    Jessie SSeptember 15
    Must go to the Thursday night gig! Drink cocktails whilst you roam around the academy learning, seeing glowing fish, play interactive dinosaur games and listen to great dj's. What could be better!
  • Valerie O.
    Valerie OonSeptember 9
    Josh did such an excellent job narrating the structure of the universe prezzo (half hour show at the planetarium). I loved his enthusiasm and humor. The earthquake simulator was a great idea too!
  • Patrick K.
    Patrick KeenanSeptember 8
    Check out Thursday night night life, so cool to have cocktails around science
  • Daniela R.
    Daniela RodSeptember 5
    Better go on Thursday's night. If not, you will be crashing al over the place with kids. Not nice experience
  • Clarice O.
    This is a great museum. NightLife on Thursdays nights is the best.
  • Won-seob C.
    Well organized program
  • Nikhil C.
    The planetarium is world-class. And also try to read as much of the info posted in the exhibits. Very well-written and informative. Plus so many activities for kids and juniors!
  • Bobbye D.
    It was great to have so much to see and do all under one roof!
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  • Eleanor R.
    Perfect place to visit with the kids. That have a lot of activities like the planetarium, the earthquake simulator, roof garden, aquarium, birds area and a white alligator...
  • Max W.
    Very expensive but so much to see. Set aside 3 hours.
  • Noha E.
    Noha EissaJune 10
    It's a great place to go and experience new knowledge
  • Aaron D.
    So many cool things to see while also sipping on delicious cocktails. Very friendly staff and presenters everywhere. Highly recommend for a no kids, fun experience.
  • M T.
    M TarryMay 20
    Unadvertised student discount - you gotta ask!
  • Ryan B.
    What a great place to explore and learn something new. Very focused on the earth and animals.
  • David R.
    David RApril 14
    Nightlife on Thursday evening is good for dates. Get there early to secure a planetarium pass (free) and walk the rainforest before it closes (7:45pm). Downstairs with the fish is cool.
  • Jesse
    JesseApril 14
    You have to see the butterflies!
  • Barry J.
    Seems quite a steep entrance fee but it was well worth it with a plethora of excellent displays and hands on areas. Be prepared to spend more than a couple of hours just wandering.
  • Philipp S.
    Save your money.It's not worth it. Staff is rude and the experience is not great. This is for people who like to wait. Better options nearby are the Japanese Tea Garden or the Conservatory of Flowers.
  • Horia D.
    Horia DragomirFebruary 26
    The Adult Thursday Nights should be a thing at every museum
  • Eddie V.
    Eddie VeesFebruary 24
    The Amazon aquarium is pretty impressive.
  • Ashley B.
    Ashley BowlesFebruary 23
    Such an amazing museum. Take advantage of the free weekends and try to catch a planetarium show. The 4 story rainforest is amazing too!
  • Ale T.
    Ale TowerFebruary 13
    Loved the videos in the planetarium, the greenhouse with live animals and the earthquake simulator. One of the best science museums I've ever visited, in spite of it being far from encyclopaedic.
  • Doug d.
    Doug de WetJanuary 19
    The Aquarium and Planetarium were high points of the visit. Be sure to pick up planetarium tickets soon after entering.
  • Binh N.
    Binh NguyenJanuary 10
    Awesome variety of things to do and see. The kids loved it. The staff was so friendly and helpful.
  • Melody S.
    Melody ScottJanuary 7
    Be sure to get your planetarium tickets first so you get into the show you want
  • Raed A.
    Raed AlSaeedJanuary 6
    Worth the ticket price, try to be there early as it will need few hours to cover the whole place!
  • Al B.
    Al B.December 17, 2016
    A worthwhile place to see the beauty of nature and science. Come here early!
  • PILAR P.
    PILAR PRENDESDecember 2, 2016
    Great place!!! The acuarium is incredible!!!! And they have a adult special evening on thursdays!!! Drinking allowed!!! And a Star Wars night!!! Great great great!!!
  • Maram H.
    Maram HNovember 24, 2016
    Go with your kids
  • Brandon C.
    Brandon CainNovember 16, 2016
    Hidden gem of SF. Great for all ages and they give military discount!
  • Danny J.
    Danny JuarezNovember 12, 2016
    The new planetarium is awesome!
  • Seth M.
    Seth McCombsNovember 1, 2016
    Get there early! Be prepared to spend 3-4 hours here, the rainforest is a wonderful place to explore for an 45 minutes, and the aquarium could stand alone, breathtaking!
  • Denise F.
    Denise FOctober 28, 2016
    If you are not from USA the price will shock you a little bit. It's an interesting museum very well designed.
  • Maya B.
    Maya BorguetaOctober 21, 2016
    Went for Nightlife (yoga night!) and loved doing yoga in front of the penguins. Sad that I arrived *just* too late to get in on space yoga though.
  • Nenad N.
    Nenad NikolicOctober 3, 2016
    Beautiful place lo learn about our world
  • Thom M.
    Thom MahoneySeptember 13, 2016
    Get planetarium tickets first, then go see the museum.
  • Anna S.
    Anna SellemAugust 27, 2016
    Bar, food and Dj every Thursday night! :)
  • Luis David S.
    Luis David SantibañezAugust 15, 2016
    Great place to come with friends and family. There's a lot to see and the variety is incredible. It's truly incredible
  • Margie B.
    Margie BAugust 12, 2016
    What a great idea to have an after-hours adults-only event. Well done!
  • Rachel S.
    Rachel SánchezAugust 6, 2016
    Nightlife on Thursdays! ❤️
  • Berta M.
    Everthing Is great, very good experience.
  • Bodil Jane
    Bodil JaneJuly 30, 2016
    I didn't like this museum: Very busy with groups of kids. Lines for the penguins, planetarium and jungle. Also the aquaria looked sad: some were very small or had no plants. I saw a dead starfish :-(
  • Maddy C.
    Maddy CookeJuly 29, 2016
    Checkout the Academy Store and visit Lemondrop, the yellow boa constrictor. They also have cool tees.
  • Shiva S.
    Shiva ShankarJuly 8, 2016
    Variety of fishes and rare white crocodile and rain forest theme inside the glass
  • Sam S.
    Sam SabriJuly 5, 2016
    Visit on a weekday to avoid the crowds.
  • Brandon K.
    Brandon KirklenJuly 4, 2016
    Cool place. Very beautiful, not particularly scientific but cool cursory overview of various topics
  • Catriona H.
    Catriona HunterJune 30, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The pendulum clock is mesmerising. Contains aquarium, rain-forest, planetarium, penguins, earth-quake zone and Claude the albino alligator, among other things.
  • Pleyis
    PleyisJune 21, 2016
    Excelent planetary experience. Aquarium beautiful! There are discounts for students presenting your credentials, no matter if it is foreign.
  • Lucy P.
    Lucy PerryJune 19, 2016
    Claude the albino alligator 💗
  • Jessica T.
    Jessica TaylorJune 17, 2016
    Go for nightlife, everything is the Sam but cheaper and less crowed. 21+ only
  • Pepita G.
    Pepita GonzalesJune 16, 2016
    The planetarium. The rainforest and the aquarium.
  • Jenna S.
    Jenna SJune 14, 2016
    Great aquarium!
  • Kait G.
    Kait GaissMay 13, 2016
    Nightlife on Thursdays.
  • David H.
    David HuApril 24, 2016
    First thing you do should be grabbing planetarium tickets for a showing later in the day!
  • Dan W.
    Dan WhiteApril 17, 2016
    It's all about the Thursday nights.
  • Helio M.
    Helio MedeirosApril 9, 2016
    Really love this place! You should try the earthquake machine :) the cafeteria isn't good at all
  • Megan P.
    Megan PajtasApril 6, 2016
    Slightly underwhelming for the price.
  • Kian L.
    Kian LaviApril 1, 2016
    The rainforest and planetarium were so cool!
  • Jim A.
    Jim AndersonMarch 27, 2016
    Excellent museum. Go, and bring the kids. They don't have to be your kids.
  • Janet H.
    Janet HMarch 24, 2016
    Come here on a Thursday night. Alcohol and science and no kids!
  • Fran S.
    Fran SuMarch 23, 2016
    The aquarium, the rain forest, and diving Santa. Make sure to get tickets for planetarium early.
  • Leo K.
    Leo KimMarch 21, 2016
    Beautiful exhibits. But, on a rainy Monday on spring break with no other museums open, this place is a shitshow.
  • Andrew A.
    Andrew AnderMarch 20, 2016
    Nightlife Rainforest closes at 7:30pm
  • Marina C.
    Marina CardosoMarch 19, 2016
    Amazing! A must see in SF!
  • Dinnidin
    DinnidinMarch 18, 2016
    Thursday nights are great!
  • Jess L.
    Jess LMarch 18, 2016
    Claude is the fanciest alligator that ever was.
  • Troy
    TroyMarch 14, 2016
    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.
  • Joe D.
    Joe DMarch 13, 2016
    The Courtship Dance Stage is easily the most hilarious thing here.
  • Frank K.
    Frank KimMarch 12, 2016
    That albino alligator is amazing to see.
  • Alex M.
    Alex MannFebruary 29, 2016
    Evening adult enlightenment (drinking) sessions are great!
  • Keith R.
    Keith Richardson IIFebruary 26, 2016
    Great place to go to on a first date
  • Ellie K.
    Ellie KravetsFebruary 12, 2016
    Great place to bring your kids or even have a date :) Beautiful exhibits (love aquarium & rain forest).
  • Dan M.
    Dan Mondragón SomeraFebruary 9, 2016
    Expensive but totally worth it!
  • Greg D.
    Greg DungcaJanuary 20, 2016
    Check out the planetarium and the earthquake simulator.
  • Natascha F.
    Natascha FawthropJanuary 19, 2016
    The aquarium and butterflies
  • Ren W.
    Ren WJanuary 17, 2016
    The aquarium is awesome, better than the planetarium.
  • Chloe C.
    Chloe CondonJanuary 17, 2016
    Lines, to wait in more lines, to wait in a line...
  • Jeff R.
    Jeff Reine 🌧January 7, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Penguin feeding time is fun for all ages!
  • Lynette
    LynetteJanuary 4, 2016
    Kids and I really enjoyed the day. Got to see almost all the presentations.
  • Cameron K.
    Cameron KetchamDecember 24, 2015
    The California Academy of Sciences is fun because you can go under the sea, visit a rain forest, and walk through the African Savanna.
  • Shil P.
    Shil PaDecember 10, 2015
    Go on the summer adult nights. where else can you find your fav artists DJing at an aquarium #RogueWave
  • Cormac R.
    Cormac RiordanNovember 30, 2015
    Everything about it is gorgeous.
  • Nate L.
    Nate LawlerNovember 14, 2015
    Very cool but seems over priced.
  • Fi V.
    Fi VeiNovember 9, 2015
    An amazing museum with a lot of activities, you need almost a whole day to do everything!
  • Stephanie E.
    Stephanie EscobarOctober 27, 2015
    The planetarium is fantastic as is the aquarium level
  • Francisco J. B.
    Francisco J. BarreraSeptember 21, 2015
    Super busy on Sundays!
  • Isabella U.
    Isabella UrsosSeptember 14, 2015
  • Sherry L.
    Sherry LiSeptember 6, 2015
    Thursday night life is fun!
  • Raunaq G.
    Raunaq GuptaAugust 31, 2015
    Try out the fragile planet show in the planetarium. Its more about outer space than Earth itself but has an excellent immersive feel.
  • Doug V.
    Doug ValenteAugust 31, 2015
    Make sure you check out the living roof from the third floor.
  • Ashley K.
    Ashley KemperAugust 31, 2015
    Birds and fish and dinos and stars!
  • Ava
    AvaAugust 26, 2015
    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
  • Yuki K.
    Yuki KatnissAugust 18, 2015
    Fantastic places. Love it. Read more
  • Yuki K.
    Yuki KatnissAugust 18, 2015
    Cool academy !! Read more
  • Meghan S.
    Meghan SmithAugust 13, 2015
    Cool planetarium and aquarium
  • César B.
    César BlueAugust 4, 2015
    If you're tourist, you have to visit this amazing museum. The ticket is a little expensive but is worth it.
  • GS Raju
    GS RajuJuly 14, 2015
    Just seen Wonderful Aquarium.
  • Lisa H.
    Lisa Harper CarterJuly 8, 2015
    Our favorite way to spend a Thursday night, Nightlife has DJs and bars stationed around the entire place for your Friday Eve enjoyment.
  • Abby C.
    Abby CJuly 1, 2015
    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!
  • Bete P.
    Bete PessoaJune 14, 2015
    Nightlife at the academy is really fun!!!
  • Bete P.
    Bete PessoaJune 14, 2015
    The planetarium it's amazing and the rainforest is a must!!!
  • Stephanie R.
    Stephanie RobinsonJune 2, 2015
    Great place for kids of all ages! The rainforest is awesome!
  • Jen Q.
    Jen QMay 31, 2015
    The rainforest is super cool. Also I hear good things about the planetarium but have only gone for nightlife (Thurs, $12, 21+) and am always late.
  • Tristan T.
    Tristan TranMay 23, 2015
    If you're cool and 21+ years old, go on Thursday nights, where you can visit the museum with drinks and music!
  • Chris 'Marshall' M.
  • Alex B.
    Alex BaldwinMay 3, 2015
    Thursday night life.
  • Scott F.
    Scott FisherApril 28, 2015
    The simulated earth quake is fun and not scary.
  • Vitor H.
    Vitor HugoApril 9, 2015
    Earthquake experience it's really cool
  • Silvia E.
    Silvia EdgellApril 5, 2015
    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.
  • Trish P.
    Trish PeachApril 5, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Membership at the California academy is the best - perfect for days out in the world of science.
  • Destynee A.
    Destynee AutumnApril 4, 2015
    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!
  • Eric     吳道湘
    Eric 吳道湘April 1, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Better to go at night time. They have booze but a bit pricey but no kids
  • Daniel P.
    Daniel PlemmonsMarch 30, 2015
    The CalAcad Planetarium beats out every other planetarium oh been to in terms of projection and show quality.
  • Libby L.
    Libby Lee-EganMarch 22, 2015
    Earthquake exhibit is my favorite
  • David T.
    David TibbittsMarch 18, 2015
    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
  • Ashley M.
    Ashley MillerMarch 13, 2015
    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.
  • Sid S.
    Sid SinghMarch 8, 2015
    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.
  • Diana D.
    Diana DumbraveanMarch 7, 2015
    Penguins are amazingly cute!
  • Lily
    LilyMarch 4, 2015
    Pricey admission but lots of interesting exhibits. Worth it if you see the whole place
  • Andrey K.
    Andrey KlenFebruary 22, 2015
    Giraffes are not afraid of earthquakes
  • Emma
    EmmaFebruary 22, 2015
    Lovely place. The botanic garden and aquarium are my favorites. Visually stunning and dazzling.
  • Luis Yi
    Luis YiFebruary 14, 2015
    it is amazing
  • JJ V.
    JJ VenturiniJanuary 31, 2015
    Planetarium very informative
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaJanuary 22, 2015
    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
  • Chuck R.
    Chuck ReynoldsJanuary 20, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    get tickets for the dome shows early THEN go walk around - they fill up quickly!
  • Teresa V.
    Teresa VuJanuary 19, 2015
  • Jenny J.
    Jenny JensenJanuary 17, 2015
    Amazing place to spend a day with the kids.
  • Sebastian M.
    Sebastian MartinezJanuary 16, 2015
    Come here on Thursdays night!
  • Kirstie O.
    Kirstie O'DonnellJanuary 15, 2015
    Planetarium amazing. Spend a day here well worth it. Good food also. When we were there Galapagos was a highlight.
  • Rebecca W.
    Rebecca WangJanuary 2, 2015
    Come early. Grab free tickets for the planetarium. Spend a whole day here and get inspired!
  • Salomon S.
    Salomon SambraDecember 30, 2014
    The aquarium is the best part. The jellyfish are mesmerizing
  • Ryan W.
    Ryan WyattDecember 28, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Visit the planetarium!
  • takishido n.
    takishido nekoDecember 11, 2014
    Nightlife. Thursdays. Go. Be merry. Say hi to the Albino gator.
  • Eugenia
    EugeniaDecember 11, 2014
    It kind of makes you want to be a scientist, great and gorgeous museum
  • Karina L.
    Karina LopesDecember 4, 2014
    The tropical forest inside is simply wonderful. It is very warm but you can find lots is butterflies flying free
  • Ian W.
    Ian WestcottDecember 1, 2014
    There's a squashed penny machine by the aquarium gift shop.
  • Molly B.
    Molly BagbyDecember 1, 2014
    Make sure you go up to the Living Roof at sunset!
  • T T.
    T TamNovember 30, 2014
    Loved the skulls exhibit as well as aquarium and penguin feeding.
  • Patrick S.
    Patrick ShinNovember 26, 2014
    , I oh i 89 the 3
  • Nancy C.
    Nancy ChenNovember 26, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    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.
  • Katie S.
    Katie StamosNovember 24, 2014
    Be sure to check out the Steinhart Aquarium!
  • Be A.
    Be AndradaNovember 21, 2014
    The places amazing, I strongly reccomend for everyone. You will remember your science teacher at a primary school.
  • Bennett W W.
    Bennett W WongNovember 13, 2014
    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.
  • Chona G.
    Chona GuernseyNovember 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Great fun and educational for young and old alike
  • Nina S.
    Nina SNovember 7, 2014
    Thursdat nightlife is awesome! No kids, drink while exploring, dj playing some tunes! This is the way to see a museum
  • Monica B.
    Monica BlackNovember 1, 2014
    So much to explore! 😳
  • Esther C.
    Esther CarpenterOctober 30, 2014
    Thurs nights 6-10
  • Tristan T.
    Tristan TranOctober 26, 2014
    We missed it because it closed earlier for a Halloween party :(
  • SJ8544123 L.
    SJ8544123 LOctober 23, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    $34.95 for one adult is kinda pricey but they have lots to see. earthquake simulation & their skull exhibition were pretty cool!!! ;P
  • Imad M.
    Imad MouaddineOctober 20, 2014
  • Justin D.
    Justin Dela CruzOctober 12, 2014
    If you're going for Nightlife, arrive early and speed-walk to get your planetarium tickets before they run out.
  • Eduardo O.
    Eduardo OVOctober 10, 2014
    Thursday nights are kind of awesome, you can drink with the fish and there's some music
  • Meow
    MeowSeptember 15, 2014
    This place is amazing! There's so many exhibits. I recommend going to the planetarium. It's the largest digital planetarium.
  • David B.
    David BowserSeptember 11, 2014
    That aquarium is great! And we could talk to the divers. Wow!!
  • Jeanette L.
    Jeanette LandaSeptember 2, 2014
    The aquariums are the best part!
  • hill b.
    hill billySeptember 2, 2014
    Go see the skulls exhibit while it's still here.
  • Pooja
    PoojaSeptember 1, 2014
    Informative exhibits. Earthquake simulation was nice, so was planetarium. Good cafe.
  • Gabe S.
    Gabe SumnerAugust 31, 2014
    Aquarium, Planetarium, Living Roof. You can easily kill a day here.
  • Mafer H.
    Mafer HAugust 31, 2014
    Great place to spend a whole day exploring about nature
  • James T.
    James TAugust 28, 2014
    Buy your nightlife tickets online.
  • Scott H.
    Scott HAugust 27, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    If you live in the city, have kids, and don't have a membership; you're doing it wrong.
  • John J.
    John JaramilloAugust 26, 2014
    Take in the Planetarium show
  • Mario S.
    Mario SobacchiAugust 24, 2014
    Always something new, and so much fun for kids
  • Eli H.
    Eli HickoxAugust 18, 2014
    Rainforest dome
  • Dai S.
    Dai ShiAugust 16, 2014
    Go for Thursday Nightlife to avoid the children (it's 21+). Have a drink and look at the fishies.
  • Jason Christopher S.
    Such an amazing place!
  • Michelle O.
    Michelle O'RiordanAugust 15, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't miss Nightlife every Thursday night!!
  • Garrett G.
    Garrett GroszkoAugust 14, 2014
    The library is a great place to get away.
  • Naomi M.
    Naomi MostAugust 14, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Working from science museum.
  • Cody H.
    Cody HardAugust 14, 2014
    One of my favorite places in the city, especially for Thursday night nightlife. Constantly entertaining, and always something new.
  • Callum T.
    Callum ThompsonAugust 8, 2014
    Great aquarium on the bottom level with a large range of fish.
  • Jacob M.
    Jacob MulliganAugust 8, 2014
    The skulls exhibit is fantastic - talk to people in orange lab coats, they're museum volunteers and can answer all of your questions.
  • DJ Twin Spin
    DJ Twin SpinAugust 6, 2014
    Cho hump day family day!
  • SFist
    SFistAugust 3, 2014
    A great place for kids to learn about species from around the world, featuring a bevy of animals and sea creatures. The living rooftop alone is a wonder to behold for your future little architect. Read more
  • Adri ..
    Adri .July 8, 2014
    Not worth the $35 entrance if you've already visited museums/aquariums like this. Some tanks were too small for the animals living in them :(
  • Sarah A.
    Sarah AmbrosekJune 22, 2014
    The Pho in the cafe is really really good! And I like Pho!
  • Ramani N.
    Ramani NatarajanJune 8, 2014
    Awesome science exhibits. And a great setting for the museum. Reminds me is the Museum Campus in Chicago.
  • Mariano G.
    Mariano GastónJune 1, 2014
    Very long line during free days.
  • David M.
    David McGuireMay 5, 2014
    California tank has great leopard sharks, and the Philippines coral reef tank is not to be missed! Nightlife for singles is the ticket- especially the Sharktober event with Shark Stewards.
  • Xavier R.
    Xavier RobertsApril 23, 2014
    Need to visit in the day, but Nightlife at the Academy was awesome! Where else can you have a drink, enjoy good music, and check out an aquarium?!
  • Eric A.
    Eric AndersenApril 22, 2014
    The rainforest inside the museum is incredible and immersive…don't miss it!
  • Vickram P.
    Vickram PhulariApril 21, 2014
    Dont miss the Morrison planetarium shows .. Especially the dark matter show .. And the universe show ... They all are amazing ...
  • Ken B.
    Ken BaldwinMarch 31, 2014
    This is worth going to. they have an amazing biodome and cool aquarium thats integrated into it. I love going here around 420.. hint hahahah
  • DailyCandy
    DailyCandyFebruary 25, 2014
    Get up close with Amazonian fish, coral reefs, and an albino alligator at this museum of natural science. Don’t miss the Living Roof observation level and the popular, after-hours NightLife series.
  • Marci S.
    Marci S.February 9, 2014
    Metric system ftw ;)
  • Matt S.
    Matt SteinFebruary 9, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    be sure not to forget to visit lemon drop the python in the store.
  • Marci S.
    Marci S.February 8, 2014
    They have a penguin named Linus
  • Yuri's Night
    Yuri's NightJanuary 21, 2014
    Be sure to check out Morrison Planetarium to learn about the mysteries of the universe. Then don't forget to see the stars for yourself when you head outside tonight.
  • CollegeFashionista
    CollegeFashionistaJanuary 14, 2014
    Every Thursday night the Academy of Sciences becomes 21+ and there is an open bar along with live music and a DJ! It's a fun, different and surprisingly enough educational night out!
  • Katherine L.
    Katherine LohJanuary 9, 2014
    yay science!
  • Sai Teja Pratap S.
    Sai Teja Pratap SuramDecember 31, 2013
    Disaster except for the planetarium. The entire thing is a disappointment.
  • jantje b.
    jantje bDecember 15, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Go to the Hubble show below the main planetarium
  • Thatgal J.
    Thatgal JillDecember 14, 2013
    Have an older child? Check out the new Jr. Scientist your with exploration tool backpack.
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel ShrigleyDecember 8, 2013
    This place is amazing my family and I spent the whole day enjoying every second of our experience.
  • Pablo E.
    Pablo EstradaNovember 28, 2013
    Loved the planetarium!
  • Karen H.
    Karen HammondOctober 22, 2013
    Fantastic museum and fun place for kids and families - how could I not like it n, my son works here!
  • Pipay
    PipayOctober 17, 2013
    Free coffee, tea, and cookies after 2pm
  • Isabel S.
    Isabel SimóOctober 5, 2013
    You can visit on thursday afternoon, take a drink and see the movie at planetarium.
  • Emily Y.
    Emily YauOctober 3, 2013
    Nightlife (Age 21+) every Thursday night! And $12 is an excellent deal.
  • Dipika
    DipikaSeptember 24, 2013
    Thursday nightlife- way cheaper
  • Paul S.
    Paul SolisAugust 29, 2013
    Get the planetarium tickets as soon as you get in. Shows are very popular and therefore very crowded
  • Sheena W.
    Sheena WongAugust 28, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Transportation discount on tickets when you show your bus transfer or proof that you rode your bike~
  • Island Bruin
    Island BruinAugust 12, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The early planetarium show on Thursday night is live talk- not as polished but more interesting
  • Jade R.
    Jade RolandJuly 30, 2013
    Definitely check out the roof. Very cool
  • James C.
    James CJuly 29, 2013
    Totally worth a trip. A little expensive but it has all of the exhibits that are good.
  • Arthur C.
    Arthur ChangJuly 26, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    DJ in the cafe today is really good. It's nice to have a legit DJ once in awhile these days.
  • Cliff S.
    Cliff SenkbeilJuly 19, 2013
    The earthquake simulator is worth the wait in line.
  • Carey P.
    Carey PundJuly 17, 2013
    Great place to check out! The rain forest is amazing!
  • Hedan Z.
    Hedan ZengJuly 15, 2013
    Bring your student ID for a discount!
  • lynn f.
    lynn friedmanJuly 10, 2013
    Check out their late night Thursday events, 6-10pm. There's a live band, bar, exhibits and mingling. Tix $10+
  • Aditya V.
    Aditya VyasJuly 5, 2013
    Great place in San francisco near golden gate.
  • Moses L.
    Moses LJune 7, 2013
    If you are going to nightlife, make sure you bring your photo ID or you will be turned away by the bouncers.
  • Mishell P.
    Mishell PaulinoJune 5, 2013
    Planetarium, natural history museum, rainforest habitat, aquarium, and the famous "living roof".
  • Roy T.
    Roy TrxJune 4, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Get an annual membership if you have toddlers. So worth it.
  • Doug R.
    Doug RayMay 28, 2013
    The nautili are really chill
  • Cheryl G.
    Cheryl GreeneMay 25, 2013
    New exhibit on cleaning the ocean is well worth the time.
  • Roy T.
    Roy TrxMay 18, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    If you have kids get a membership. Best value!
  • Rosan C.
    Rosan CruzMay 17, 2013
    Check out the Philippine coral reef, climb a canopy of living forest and meet Lucy.
  • Joe Z.
    Joe ZhuMay 17, 2013
    Probably even days
  • Dika M.
    Dika M.May 13, 2013
    This place is fun for adults too! Make time to see it all. The planetarium and butterfly exhibit where our favorites.
  • Vitória S.
    Vitória SousaMay 11, 2013
    Aquarium tunnel + planetarium are my favs!
  • Vitória S.
    Vitória SousaMay 7, 2013
    The planetarium makes you go woooow! Amazing. They could have more interacting stuff...
  • Laura S.
    Laura SenchMay 4, 2013
    Awesome exhibits! Esp the aquarium. Loved the nightlife series with bars and music, really interesting scene.
  • Mari P.
    Mari PosaApril 26, 2013
    Cute fish!!
  • Elaina A.
    Elaina ArvizuApril 26, 2013
    Get the ginger limeade for a drink ;)
  • Magí M.
    Magí MartíApril 23, 2013
    Thursday night parties are awesome!
  • Lindsay K.
    Lindsay KrellApril 21, 2013
    Excellent food in their restaurant. Mostly organic and all local or sustainable.
  • Maria D.
    Maria DemochkoApril 19, 2013
    This place is amazing. It combines museum, aquarium, zoo, planetarium :) while visiting you can discover new things and become familiar with very rare butterflies, fish etc. Children are very welcome!
  • Official smart USA
    Official smart USAApril 11, 2013
    Every Thursday from 6pm - 10pm the museum hosts an adults only theme party.
  • Bret W.
    Bret WrightApril 5, 2013
  • nada p.
    nada perroneMarch 30, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Go early in the AM to avoid lines for the popular exhibits.
  • Neal J.
    Neal JosephMarch 29, 2013
    Easily the best science museum I've ever visited. Smart, intellectually engaging displays geared toward curious adults.
  • Shane K.
    Shane KuhnMarch 26, 2013
    Do NOT visit during spring break. Screaming kids make up 90% of the visitors.
  • Sabina H.
    Sabina HuqMarch 23, 2013
    Must see! It's phenomenal! I attended the Intuit Winter Gala here in 2011 and it was so much fun!!
  • Ahmed S.
    Ahmed SiouaniMarch 3, 2013
    Take a tour at the Morrison Planetarium and buy a ticket for a digital show :) It's definitely worth it. You can also stay at the Aquarium or walk around the different levels of the Rainforest.
  • Lori K.
    Lori KoberMarch 3, 2013
    Get you planetarium pass as soon as you enter or they might run out
  • Tablet Hotels
    Tablet HotelsFebruary 26, 2013
    Renzo Piano designed this green building. While the admission price is a bit steep and it's often crowded, the Rainforest Dome and Water Planet Exhibit are well worth it.
  • Dave Z.
    Dave ZissouFebruary 17, 2013
    Where the land meets the sea
  • Kyle
    KyleJanuary 27, 2013
    Haven't been to a Planetarium show narrated by Benjamin Bratt in at least, like, three months
  • Dr. Mabuse
    Dr. MabuseJanuary 18, 2013
    On clear nights, go to the living roof to use their telescopes, usually pointing at stars or planets.
  • Alexis M.
    Alexis McGeeDecember 13, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Awesome place to visit whether you're flying solo or have companions!
  • TS
    TSDecember 9, 2012
    The Planetarium is MUST, get your pass first before starting your visit.
  • Matthew L.
    Matthew L.November 30, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Hands down my favorite place to visit in the city. The exhibits are amazing, and right now the baby ostriches are so cute! A must see for everyone! My favorite are the penguins though :)
  • Jessica C.
    Jessica ChanNovember 29, 2012
    Dont forget you need tickets to the planetarium. Get tickets first when you walk in.
  • Sabrina W.
    Sabrina WilliamsNovember 18, 2012
    Crazy busy on Saturdays
  • Jared Z.
    Jared ZimmermanNovember 6, 2012
    Amazing animals, dead and alive, don’t lick the frogs.
  • Yesi O.
    Yesi OrihuelaNovember 4, 2012
    Grab lunch at the cafe, it's organic and full of great options
  • Sandy R.
    Sandy RamanOctober 16, 2012
    One among the Largest Museums of Natural History with building in 37K Square Meters.
  • Dan W.
    Dan WhiteOctober 12, 2012
    Find the children's eel garden during Nightlife for a secret DJ.
  • Michael D.
    Michael DavidsonOctober 5, 2012
    Always the best. I volunteer here so here's what u do. 1) get planetarium ticket 2) go to rainforest 3) do aquarium 4) go to show 5) see loving room 6) u win! Ps - nightlife is the best
  • Romit B.
    Romit BhattacharyaSeptember 28, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Nightlife on Thursday nights is the best! DJs playing cool music, good food, and interesting exhibits!
  • Sheena W.
    Sheena WongSeptember 25, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Buy tickets online, print them at home or bring them on your smartphone to save time and possibly money. Be sure to check when Free days are to avoid paying altogether. Or to avoid Free Day.
  • Sheena W.
    Sheena WongSeptember 25, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Pick up a map and a daily schedule, but take only what you need to save paper :) read signs and pay attention to your surroundings; information both printed and spoken is everywhere~
  • Mike C.
    Mike CamptonSeptember 16, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Get your science on.
  • Suja R.
    Suja RamachandranAugust 29, 2012
    Great tourist spot to check out. Make sure to catch some of the films (Earthquake, and Planets). The cafe is FANTASTIC. Fresh and delicious. Beat the tour buses and get some yellow curry.
  • Kelly .
    Kelly 🍰August 28, 2012
    Get VIP Night at the Cal Academy tickets for $50 and skip the line at the Planetarium. The Night is great for 20 something singles and first dates, with an etsy-type atmosphere.
  • Luyba Z.
    Luyba ZeylikmanJuly 20, 2012
    The Thursday Night Life events are amazing. All museums should do this. It's a 21+ event, where they open the center at night with drinks and food!
  • A Fashionable C.
    Neat @ night!
  • Westfield S.
    Come see San Francisco in a whole new light under the dome at Westfield San Francisco Centre. Our FREE 3D light spectacular starts every night at 5pm! For more info visit us on Facebook!
  • Elizabeth F.
    Elizabeth FishJune 14, 2012
    Don't forget to check out the albino alligator!
  • John S.
    John StroppaMay 18, 2012
    The planetarium Check it out
  • Napoleon
    NapoleonMay 6, 2012
    Claude the albino alligator has been known to stay underwater for 30 minutes. So if you are waiting for him to come up for air, be prepared to wait.
  • Noel C.
    Noel ClarkeApril 11, 2012
    This place is awesome. for UK people to understand. It's like the natural history, Science, and a few other museums all rolled into one. And they have penguins.
  • Silent Disco S.
    Thursday night, April 12, 2012 - silent disco dance party with Space Cowboys! Read more
  • Zak P.
    Zak PhillipsMarch 17, 2012
    Bring alot of money for the food
  • Abel C.
    Abel CastilloMarch 16, 2012
    Not enough time in the world for a 5 year old here!
  • Krystyl
    KrystylMarch 5, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the individual membership for $99. Its good for you plus a guest for as many times as you want to visit in a year! Totally worth it!
  • Ching Y.
    Ching Yu ™February 24, 2012
    You must visit the Morrison Planetarium while you're here, not optional!
  • Robyn C.
    Robyn ClayFebruary 22, 2012
    Well worth the 36$ admission, but if you are a tourist and would like to get a deal, buy the San Francisco CityPass.
  • Gonzalo G.
    Gonzalo GeraldoFebruary 20, 2012
    This place is amazing
  • Eric H.
    Eric HaeusslerFebruary 17, 2012
    See the albino alligator
  • Anna K.
    Anna KhandruevaFebruary 13, 2012
    Holy admission prices batman! Cool place but be prepared to shell out fifty bucks for 1 adult and 1 young child!
  • Bing
    BingFebruary 6, 2012
    After some culture, take in some nature. Here’s a trail map to find your way to the park’s coolest spots:
  • Pacific Catch
    Pacific CatchFebruary 5, 2012
    Take the kids for a day of fun in beautiful Golden Gate Park.
  • Kitty W.
    Kitty WilkinJanuary 22, 2012
    $30 per adult admission. For three travelers with a 2yr old, that's a bit too steep for us. Start saving up $ now!
  • Cory O.
    Cory O'BrienJanuary 20, 2012
    An albino alligator, a 'green' roof and LEED certified building, a GIANT aquarium and a Planetarium? What more could you ask for?
  • Trevor C.
    Trevor CornwellJanuary 16, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The cafe has excellent food. The Moss Room is one of the best restaurants in town
  • Anthony W.
    Anthony WuJanuary 16, 2012
    Dress in layers you can take off. The tropical rainforest room is going to be *warm*
  • Mariko T.
    Mariko TamakiJanuary 16, 2012
    Free wifi!
  • Samantha M.
    Samantha McDuffeeJanuary 14, 2012
    When you go to the thursday night events, head straight for thr planetarium and get there early for tickets. And the rainforest line closes at 7:30. So much fun!
  • Stephy Y.
    Stephy YuJanuary 9, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Every third Wednesday of the month is free but go early because the line will get long.
  • Marie B.
    Marie BaillargeonDecember 27, 2011
    Planetarium! Rainforest!
  • Jackie L.
    Jackie LeeDecember 22, 2011
    Want to get here via BART? Exit at Glen Park Station. Then board Muni across the street. (Line 44 - California & 6th Ave.) Stops right in front!
  • Jackie L.
    Jackie LeeDecember 22, 2011
    The third Wednesday of the month is free! Grab a friend and head on over if you can!
  • Marc
    MarcDecember 11, 2011
    Wifi Free!
  • 99designs
    99designsDecember 3, 2011
    Scientific Magic! It's like a zoo and an aquarium and a natural history museum combined. And they have an albino boa constrictor AND an albino alligator. - Kaitlyn Ellison, Community Intern
  • Rachel B.
    Rachel B. W.November 26, 2011
    Love their evening events.
  • Kirtan P.
    Kirtan PatelNovember 20, 2011
  • Dan M.
    Dan MasquelierNovember 18, 2011
    watch out for dive-bombing butterflies!
  • Laura C.
    Laura CNovember 17, 2011
    Nightlife at Calif. Academy of Sciences on Thursday nights (adults only / bars / djs).
  • Benedict C.
    Benedict CorpuzNovember 15, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Go for an annual membership for only $99. You can bring a goes in with you for free. The $99 is tax deductible.
  • Ruddha C.
    Ruddha CANovember 13, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Look inside CA...
  • Alma L.
    Alma LopezNovember 11, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Have a meal in Moss Room, great experience
  • Michael K.
    Michael KeatingNovember 4, 2011
    BYI date to Night Life
  • Aaron K.
    Aaron KOctober 20, 2011
    Very cool, modern building. Fun to go on Thursday nights to their "Nighlife"--wander around the museum while sipping on cocktails. Buy tickets in advance.
  • Darlene A.
    Darlene AshOctober 10, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    For more challenging puzzles in the kids area, just ask. There's a closet full they keep hidden.
  • Jim G.
    Jim GoldsteinOctober 2, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    October is Sharktober at the Academy! Load up on Shark stickers
  • heidi p.
    heidi petersenSeptember 30, 2011
    Be careful at nightlife, they are mean/nitpicky/bureaucratic about reentry and no one warns you. I was outside, if you count academy property by ticket booth outside, for one minute. Ripoff.
  • Rochie M.
    Rochie M.September 29, 2011
    Be sure to visit the Planetarium & the Living Roof!
  • Christina M D.
    Christina M DillonSeptember 26, 2011
    Wonderful science and nature museum. Lots of interesting animals, exhibits, and planetarium show. The architecture alone is worth the visit.
  • Violet B.
    Violet BlueSeptember 16, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Thursday nightlife: fab DJ's, bars on all levels, strange hands-on science exhibits, great food, always something flirty and fun. Go!
  • Gerald H.
    Gerald HallSeptember 11, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Look for the cheetah in the tree
  • Jim R.
    Jim RAugust 30, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Check out NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences! Read more
  • Mark C.
    Mark CAugust 29, 2011
    AMAZING!!! But seriously do not go on the 1st Wednesday of the month! The line like goes on forever!!!
  • Laura K.
    Laura KnightAugust 17, 2011
    Free on every third Wednesday of the month!
  • ScottySauce
    ScottySauceAugust 16, 2011
    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.
  • Citrus Lane
    Citrus LaneAugust 16, 2011
    Expose baby to colorful fish and splashing tide pool water! When you both need a break, the big, plushly carpeted baby playroom (with age-appropriate toys) offers a quiet place to snack or even doze.
  • Arthur C.
    Arthur ChangAugust 15, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    There's free WiFi! Outlets are a bit scarce, but come during the week when there's no freakishly large crowds. My favorite is hanging out in front of the reef tank.
  • Alma L.
    Alma LopezAugust 14, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Check Early Explorer's cove for kids younger than 5
  • Corinne and Jonathan
    Corinne and JonathanAugust 13, 2011
    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.
  • Josh E.
    Josh EstelleAugust 12, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Pedestrian access sucks. Can only enter on music concourse side. Sucks.
  • Zsófia P.
    Zsófia PrinczAugust 11, 2011
    b-class science museum
  • Hostelling International
    California Academy of Sciences. For a fun & sort of touristy outing - Tricia (USA)
  • TheAppPlanet
    TheAppPlanetAugust 3, 2011
    Tech-savvy museum with a portfolio of mobile apps.
  • Renee S.
    Renee S.July 30, 2011
    Members for over 10 years, not anymore! Not worth it, if you must go wait for free Wed.
  • Jim G.
    Jim GoldsteinJuly 26, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    10:30am is Penguin feeding time! Get there early Read more
  • K12 Inc
    K12 IncJune 30, 2011
    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
  • Sara
    SaraJune 14, 2011
    Try not to park downstairs - small spots & the staff are jerks...
  • Hostelling International
    Indoor rainforest, planetarium (don't miss this show, it is amazing) and an aquarium. Located in Golden Gate Park it is near the De Young museum and the flower conservatory, also very worth seeing.
  • Valeria B.
    Valeria BornsteinJune 8, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    go to nightlife!!! its thursdays from 6-10! everything is open and its only half price! no kids and cash bar! different themes and performances every week. Check the website before you go for details Read more
  • Carmen M.
    Carmen MarinMay 30, 2011
    Going to Nightlife is fun, best deal for the Academy! Read more
  • Saliem (Liem) C.
    Saliem (Liem) ChiuMay 18, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Free every third wednesday of the month
  • TerraTopia
    TerraTopiaMay 15, 2011
    "The only place on the planet with an aquarium, a planetarium, a natural history museum, and a 4-story rainforest all under one roof."
  • Tom O.
    Tom OlsonMay 13, 2011
    Don't bother getting a hot dog here.
  • Dan H.
    Dan HaskovecMay 7, 2011
    The naturalist center upstairs is a great place for kids away from the crowds.
  • AskMen
    AskMenMay 5, 2011
    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
  • T.LO
    T.LOMay 4, 2011
    Thursday Nightlife entertainment and cocktails
  • david b.
    david benardoApril 25, 2011
    Yikes! $16 to park for 4 hours.
  • ecomagination
    ecomaginationApril 20, 2011
    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
  • AskMen
    AskMenApril 15, 2011
    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
  • Ruddha C.
    Ruddha CAApril 8, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    NightLIfe Rules like MotherEarth
  • Martin B.
    Martin BomMarch 26, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Use your aaa card!
  • Rez
    RezMarch 25, 2011
    Thursday night DJ, music, cocktails & very cool things to see
  • Dan R.
    Dan RosenbaumMarch 19, 2011
    Check out the living wall in the Piazza. Made by
  • The Bold Italic
    The Bold ItalicMarch 10, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    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
  • Siv
    SivMarch 8, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Make sure to say hello to Bocalo. He may even swim for you! Read more
  • Nathan K.
    Nathan KamMarch 5, 2011
    Experience a little Hawaii at the Academy March 5, 6, 12 & 13. Special activities, live music, and much more.
  • Atur S.
    Atur ShabbasFebruary 14, 2011
    Get on the platinum tour. The only way to see the place.
  • Ruddha C.
    Ruddha CAFebruary 4, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Go to the Planetarium first to pick-up timed passes first and then wonder...Drink
    SFkids.orgFebruary 3, 2011
    Highlights: planetarium, rainforest, aquarium, living roof, and lots more!
  • benn
    bennJanuary 26, 2011
    the academy cafe has the best mac & cheese. seriously. i'd fly up here again just for that.
  • David U.
    David UyJanuary 19, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Get your planetarium passes as soon as you enter the building, then hit the rainforest - it will take you to the aquarium as well. say hi to claude on your way up, check out the academy east and west
  • Allie F.
    Allie FoleyJanuary 14, 2011
    I'm with everyone else. Thursday Nightlife can't be beat! No kids. (unless you count those who just turned 21)
  • Imanol E.
    Imanol EkeJanuary 10, 2011
    Free wifi :)
  • Phil K.
    Phil KimJanuary 1, 2011
    AAA for $3 discount
  • Lesly S.
    Lesly SimmonsDecember 16, 2010
    The Planetarium is a must do. Get tix as soon as you arrive as you might have a wait to get in of an hour or more.
  • Ana A.
    Ana ADecember 15, 2010
    Free entrance every 3rd Wednesday of the month.
  • NASA
    NASADecember 7, 2010
    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
    Upvoted Sep 25
  • Elisa J.
    Elisa JuárezDecember 7, 2010
    amazing ... could spend a whole other day here ... check out the cafe ... pork spring rolls are great!
  • Liza T.
    Liza TDecember 5, 2010
    Amazing! Never get bored of it! If you are in town highly consider going. Going on now: an awesome winter program
  • Jenna G.
    Jenna GaloobNovember 28, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
  • David Y.
    David YoungNovember 8, 2010
    New Planetarium show- Life A Cosmic Event - narrated by Jodie Foster
  • Jason K.
    Jason KusnerNovember 7, 2010
    worth the visit
  • Rebecca P.
    Rebecca PangNovember 4, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Free WiFi!
  • David C.
    David CovellOctober 22, 2010
    Journey to the Stars is only showing in the planetarium for another couple weeks. Hurry and check it out! Incredible.
  • David
    DavidOctober 15, 2010
    Bit pricey but it's worth it!
  • Greg W.
    Greg WohlenbergOctober 13, 2010
    Since reopening in 2008 this has dominated the science museum scene in San Francisco. Everything about it is wonderful, spend a couple of days if possible.
  • Bryan M.
    Bryan MeyersSeptember 25, 2010
    On free museum day skip the lines a get a membership it'll pay for its self after two visits
  • eh?
    eh?September 19, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    So this place is all about preservation and sustainability.... And their gift shop is filled with shitty useless made-in-China plastic crap. I'm so confused.
  • Ezekiel G.
    Ezekiel GorrocinoAugust 27, 2010
    Thursday's NightLife is awesome!
  • Lala M.
    Lala MamedovAugust 22, 2010
    Extreme mammals exhibit is incredible. Must-see.
  • Robert V.
    Robert VegaAugust 18, 2010
    Must see this place. It is amazing since the remodel. Read more
  • Ronny B.
    Ronny BudiutamaAugust 13, 2010
    awesome museum. Gotta check out the planetarium
  • porsha
    porshaAugust 1, 2010
    Go to Cal Academy - check out the humemongous mammals
  • Los
    LosAugust 1, 2010
    Was just there an hour ago, and wow, I definitely will be coming back...
  • Tiffany Z.
    Tiffany ZinkJuly 22, 2010
    Thursday Night Mixer Read more
  • Chellie B.
    Chellie BellJuly 18, 2010
    It's Just Great!!! Check Out the Rain Forest & The Planetarium
  • Timothy W.
    Timothy WongJuly 10, 2010
    Check out their website to see when your "free zip code" day is happening.
  • Dora
    DoraJune 30, 2010
    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
    DoraJune 30, 2010
    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
  • Abraham F.
    Abraham FloresJune 19, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Nightlife is so much fun when you are with all your friends, you get to dance meet people and have a cocktail or two :)
  • Napoleon
    NapoleonJune 7, 2010
    Free cell phone tour: call (415) 294-3602. If you see this sign, enter the number in the red square and the # (pound) sign to learn more about the item.
  • Ann L.
    Ann LongJune 5, 2010
    Nightlife - so much better than the daytime
  • M.E S.
    M.E StephensMay 24, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Take advantage of the free days they offer to the residents of SF! Read more
  • Nymo
    NymoMay 23, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Ask questions! Everyone at the academy are so nice and are happy to tell you more about anything there!
  • Nymo
    NymoMay 23, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Watch the penguin feeding at 10:30 am and 3:30 pm every day in the African Hall! Read more
  • Ana Luisa A.
    Ana Luisa AldanaMay 12, 2010
    Did you know about the Naturalist Center? It's on the third floor: books (including a children's section), computers, animal skulls, specimens! Read more
  • 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
  • Gillian M.
    Gillian M.May 6, 2010
    i <3 penguins
  • Selbe
    SelbeMay 5, 2010
    4 hours is not enough time to see all of CAS, all day event.
  • Rachel G.
    Rachel GillMay 3, 2010
    Thursday nights "Nightlife" event is a MUST see. Cocktails, dancing, and wild animals... Read more
  • Alisa D.
    Alisa DuncanApril 29, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Best time to go is the late afternoon about two hours before closing. The birds and butterflies in the rainforest are usually going crazy at that time, and no lines!!
  • MissRebel32
    MissRebel32April 23, 2010
    Wants to check out the night life @ the California Academy of Sciences
  • David T.
    David ThompsonApril 19, 2010
    Watch the penguin feeding at 10:30 & 3:30
  • Minerva X.
    Minerva XiangApril 17, 2010
    Always bring a lunch because the restuarants can cost a lot of money.
  • Travis W.
    Travis WiseApril 12, 2010
    Visit the living rooftop for an incredible view of the area.
  • Nedra
    NedraApril 9, 2010
    Thursday Nights Nightlife at the Academy of Sciences. Bars open and 21+.
  • Heather S.
    Heather SullivanApril 5, 2010
    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!
  • Andy W.
    Andy WangMarch 28, 2010
    Eat at The Moss Room! Great get away and great food
  • Jason C.
    Jason CrossMarch 27, 2010
    Definitely check out the planetarium. It's not at all like the ones you went to as a kid.
  • Min Jung K.
    Min Jung KimMarch 25, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Try and go on a weekday (totally pro if you or a friend are a member) and visit the rainforest exhibit.
  • adrienne a.
    adrienne arieffMarch 25, 2010
    Go with your children. Especially if they are under 7.
  • Chris G.
    Chris GilesMarch 24, 2010
    Go under the greenhouse!
  • Alan D.
    Alan DepMarch 23, 2010
  • Jay L.
    Jay LaraMarch 17, 2010
    Every third Wednesday of the month is free!
  • Chamin M.
    Chamin MillsMarch 15, 2010
    Pacific catch restaurant is walking distance for healthy, reasonably priced, kid friendly lunch and dinner. Full bar also available. Www.
  • Crystal H.
    Crystal HigginsMarch 14, 2010
    Thursday's at the Academy - grab a drink, enjoy art and music.
  • Chris M.
    Chris McCormickMarch 14, 2010
    Thursday Night
  • Roger K.
    Roger K.March 5, 2010
    Show your muni pass or transfer for a discount.
  • K T.
    K TFebruary 10, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    One of my place in the city... love the planetarium and love the aquarium...
  • Marsee H.
    Marsee HenonFebruary 2, 2010
    Ride a metal turtle and look for information on the 89-foot schooner Academy that set sail in June 1905.
  • Rebecca M.
    Rebecca MorehiserFebruary 1, 2010
    I here this is amazing. I love the idea of a "living roof" and my boyfriend is a fool for planetariums. So it's on the radar. Read more
  • Rebecca M.
    Rebecca MorehiserFebruary 1, 2010
    I hear it's amazing. I love the idea of a "living roof" and my boyfriend is a fool for planetariums. So it's on the radar. Read more
  • Henry (DJ Apollo) K.
    The big green lizard on the fourth spiral in the rain forest is my friend!!!
  • Joel P.
    Joel PeachJanuary 19, 2010
    Go to Nightlife, but check out the planetarium and get on the roof if it's clear.
  • Jenna B.
    Jenna BollerJanuary 18, 2010
    Check out the Children's Eel Garden next to the Philippine coral reef!
  • Nicki D.
    Nicki DuganJanuary 11, 2010
    It's all about the leafy seadragons (seahorses that look like plants)... And peguins!!
  • Peaches
    PeachesJanuary 3, 2010
    Make sure you obtain passes for the Planetarium AND the Bugs! 3-D show immediately upon arrival at the museum, otherwise you won't be able to see these attractions (which is very frustrating). Read more
  • Doug S.
    Doug SkinnerJanuary 2, 2010
    See architecture that integrates with nature. Do you know the power of bat guano? Reward yourself with a donation to the scientists. Read more
  • Peaches
    PeachesJanuary 2, 2010
    Take kiddos to the CA Academy of Sciences Museum Read more
  • Mariko
    MarikoDecember 9, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    What am amazing place. You gotta try it out!
  • Derrik D.
    Derrik DennisNovember 27, 2009
    Definitely don't miss the planetarium, the best show there.
  • Jon B.
    Jon BrittonNovember 25, 2009
    Been here 100+ times
    The third Thursday of every month is a realtime tour of the universe in the planetarium at Nightlife. Read more
  • Sanket A.
    Sanket AmberkarNovember 8, 2009
    go early for the planetarium passes. they go quickly. also check out the naturalist center on the 2nd flr Read more
  • Johnny C.
    Johnny ClarkeNovember 2, 2009
    The third thursday is a free day to see the albino aligator
  • Matthias Z.
    Matthias ZellerSeptember 28, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • Elena Q.
    Elena QianAugust 27, 2009
    check out the living roof...really cool, I want my next home with a roof like that ;)
  • Diane O.
    Diane OrrAugust 25, 2009
    Hung out with the butterflies in the rain forest--so cool. It is warm in there, so dress in layers.
  • Suki K.
    Suki KAugust 24, 2009
    Finally check out the new Cal Academy.
  • Alex B.
    Alex BAugust 12, 2009
    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.
  • Amber D.
    Amber DubyaAugust 5, 2009
    Go to California Academy of Sciences. See the sites.
  • José L.
    José LeosJuly 29, 2009
    Go to Thursday Nightlife
  • Shadi M.
    Shadi MehraeinJuly 23, 2009
    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.
  • Tantek Ç.
    Tantek ÇelikJuly 21, 2009
    Been here 25+ times
    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.
  • roderick j.
    roderick jonesJuly 16, 2009
    Looked at a sleeping turtle
  • Ana C.
    Ana CruzJuly 15, 2009
    Hit up the Thursday nightlife.
  • Rod B.
    Rod BegbieJune 6, 2009
    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!
  • Brent T.
    Brent TamApril 28, 2009
    Check out the planetarium
  • Cameo W.
    Cameo WoodApril 27, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Gaze at the Foucault Pendulum until it knocks over a pin.
  • courtney s.
    courtney sextonApril 12, 2009
    Thursday nights. no kids. drinks
  • Chris M.
    Chris MartinMarch 22, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Universe Update, a special show about current space events! Go to nightlife on the 3rd Thu of the month, immediately go to the planetarium and grab a pass for the 7/8:30 time slot.
  • Safire L.
    Safire L.March 20, 2009
    Nightlife! Every Thursday night: DJs, geeky lectures, and drinks... oh my! Where else can you get drunk and learn at the same time? ($10)
  • taura n.
    taura nullMarch 19, 2009
    Thursday night cocktails and jelly fish!
  • Jon H.
    Jon HallMarch 15, 2009
    We've tried to go a few times, and each time it was horribly crowded so we did something else.
  • sam t.
    sam tripodiMarch 13, 2009
    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.
  • Tantek Ç.
    Tantek ÇelikMarch 6, 2009
    Been here 25+ times
    Just go. It rocks. Could spend hours there. Hours. Probably even days.
  • Diana M.
    Diana MonroyAugust 29
    Esta increíble este museo para los niños 👌🏽, el acuario te deja, y que decir del planetario, si vienes a San Francisco no puedes dejar de visitarlo.
  • Enrique P.
    Excelente lugar, sobre todo el acuario. Lo primero que hay que hacer es reservar hora que es gratis para el planetario. Son3 shows diferentes, al que fui que era el único que quedaba lugar era regular
  • Ju
    JuOctober 7, 2016
    Bem legal pra quem gosta de insetos, sapos, lagartos e Peixes.
  • Mary Carmen A.
    El aquario es padrisimo
  • Tuğba
    TuğbaJune 4, 2016
    herşey mükemmeldi ben çok planetariumdan etkilendim mutlaka izlemelisiniz. en az 4 saatinizi buraya ayırmanız lazım zaman yetmiyor ve 5 te kapanıyor.
  • Claudia G.
    Claudia GoñíaMay 25, 2016
    El mejor museo que he visitado en mi vida, un acuario impresionante, el planetario, la replica de un terremoto, techo viviente y wifi free EXCELENTE
  • tasteeverything
    tasteeverythingApril 19, 2016
    El mejor museo de ciencias que he conocido. Tiene de todo, es muy grande. El acuario es hermoso.
  • Laura C.
    Laura Chang MartínezMarch 31, 2016
    Genial!!! Se necesitan 3-5 horas para disfrutar
  • Koboy
    KoboyMarch 29, 2016
    Même si l'entrée est un peu chère, lieu très intéressant avec un Planetarium présentant des docu top + plein d'autres choses à voir
  • Kutzieni C.
    Kutzieni CardenasMarch 27, 2016
    La arquitectura del lugar y las edificaciones
  • Fabio d.
    Fabio de LizMarch 8, 2016
    Meu lado nerd a toda! Show!
  • Suna Y.
    Suna YavasFebruary 1, 2016
    Biraz daha çocuklara uygun bir yer sanırım. Ama en güzel kisimlarini seçecek olsam planeterium ve rain foresttan çok zevk aldim. Kalani da dediğim gibi biraz daha çocuklara uygun.
  • Ricardo G.
    Ricardo GSDecember 30, 2015
    Muy buen museo y acuario.
  • Clarice L.
    Clarice LongOctober 26, 2015
    Ir à noite! O planetário é a parte mais incrível!
  • Juan
    JuanOctober 17, 2015
    Super pour enfants et adultes !
  • Diego A.
    Diego AOctober 16, 2015
    Lindo y divertido. La cafeteria tiene muchisimas opciones de comida. Trata de no quedarte dormido en el planetario 😜
  • Jorge P.
    Jorge PadillaSeptember 8, 2015
    Para mi el mejor museo de San Francisco me encanto el enorme circulo al centro del museo que te hace experimentar distintos tipos de climas mientras vas subiendo con el acuario al fondo imperdible
  • Ada O.
    Ada OruzAugust 15, 2015
    Yazılabilecek o kadar harika şey var ki... mükemmel bir yer yolunuz san Francisco'ya düşerse ziyaret edin...
  • Simone C.
    Simone ChristieJune 24, 2015
    Uma das noites mais incríveis que eu tive! Ciência, boa comida e vida noturna no mesmo lugar. Dica: façam o tour noturno com coquetel incluído:
  • Nao T.
    Nao TomitaMay 14, 2015
  • Alan x.
    Alan x el mundoFebruary 25, 2015
    Increíble lugar! No olviden subir el techo viviente!
  • Marcia V.
    Marcia VieiraJanuary 27, 2015
    Maravilha vale a pena conhecer .
  • Silvia P.
    Silvia PerezJanuary 18, 2015
    Planetario. Maravilloso
  • Nika G.
    Nika GJanuary 7, 2015
    Очень понравился центр! Кабинка имитирующая землетрясения👍! В кафе на первом этаже можно перекусить. Берите Nudl salad и вкусная содовая)
  • Kyria D.
    Kyria DarsaclisDecember 28, 2014
    Museum maravilhoso para todas as idades
  • Pablo Ariel D.
    Pablo Ariel Di LoretoNovember 15, 2014
    Linda excursion. La entrada es cara (35 usd) pero con el CityPass pasas gratis. Ir al subsuelo donde hay seccion dedicada al mar. Recomendado!
  • Catalina F.
    Catalina FravegaOctober 26, 2014
    Todos los jueves abre el museo de noche (hasta las 10 pm) y venden tragos, comida y hay música. Excelente experiencia y el museo es de otro nivel!!!
  • Luis S.
    Luis ShimabukuroAugust 25, 2014
    Além de ser uma academia de ciências, possui um aquário e planetário! Vale a pena conhecer quando estiver em SF!
  • Natali T.
    Natali TuliakovaAugust 22, 2014
    наглядная наука)все можно потрогать;)сейчас в очереди в кабинку землятресений
  • Max S.
    Max SmsApril 18, 2014
    Muito legal, especialmente para crianças. Mas eu como adulto me diverti bastante. Venha com bastante tempo para curtir todas as atrações: floresta tropical, museu de anatomia, planetário, etc
  • Paula N.
    Paula NunesFebruary 12, 2014
    Vale mesmo a pena, têm festas a noite tb.
  • Pavel K.
    Pavel KozeleckijOctober 1, 2013
    Бесплатный вход по воскресеньям. Free at the sunday ;)
  • Mehmet Y.
    Mehmet YaziciogluAugust 23, 2013
    Bilime ilgi duyanlar için kaçırılmayacak bir müze diyorum!..
  • Cristina A.
    Cristina AffanniAugust 16, 2013
    Da vedere con ragazzi e bambini
  • Laura B.
    Laura BrunoAugust 5, 2013
    Hermoso lugar
  • Jose G.
    Jose G.July 24, 2013
    Lugar de parada obligatoria en su visita a san Francisco
  • Edouard A.
    Edouard AndrieuMay 12, 2013
    Profiter d'être la pour déjeuner au self, (qui est sous la supervision du chef génial du Slanted Door) tout y est délicieux, avec une mention spéciale pour les rouleaux de printemps !
  • wang y.
    wang yoooApril 14, 2013
  • Francois P.
    Francois PichardAugust 9, 2012
    Naviguez entre l'aquarium, la sphère tropicale, le planètarium et le musée d'Histoire Naturelle ; dites bonjour aux manchots et ne ratez pas le toit végétal
  • Kenny C.
    Kenny ChangAugust 10, 2011
    티켓팅은 네시에끝나요
  • Olivier L.
    Olivier LanguedocSeptember 4, 2010
    Super exposition! Supers bénévoles/guides, super emplacements. Le Musée ferme à 5 heures et la visite prend un bon 5 heures. Prenez temps d'aller voir le toit a la fine pointe de la technologies.
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