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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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  • Philipp S.
    Philipp Schiwek2 weeks ago
    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 Dragomir3 weeks ago
    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!
    Upvoted Feb 23
  • 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!
    Upvoted Jan 16
  • 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.
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