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
Closed until 9:30 AM (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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    Sid S.
    "A beautiful aquarium along with the tropical rainforest tour."(28 Tips)
    Alix B.
    "Thursday nights - science, shaken and stirred"(29 Tips)
    Rochie M.
    "Be sure to visit the Planetarium & the Living Roof!"(10 Tips)
    Elizabeth F.
    "Don't forget to check out the albino alligator!"(7 Tips)
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  • Gs R.

    Just seen Wonderful Aquarium.

    Gs Raju · 2 weeks ago
  • 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 · 3 weeks ago
  • 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
  • Simone C.

    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:

    Simone Christie · June 24
  • Bete P.

    Nightlife at the academy is really fun!!!

    Bete Pessoa · June 14
  • Bete P.

    The planetarium it's amazing and the rainforest is a must!!!

    Bete Pessoa · June 14
  • Stephanie R.

    Great place for kids of all ages! The rainforest is awesome!

  • Jenny Q.

    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.

    Jenny Q · May 31
  • Tristan T.

    If you're cool and 21+ years old, go on Thursday nights, where you can visit the museum with drinks and music!

    Tristan Tran · May 23
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    Nao Tomita · May 14
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  • Alex B.

    Thursday night life.

    Alex Baldwin · May 3
  • Scott F.

    The simulated earth quake is fun and not scary.

    Scott Fisher · April 28
  • Vitor H.

    Earthquake experience it's really cool

    Vitor Hugo · April 9
  • 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
  • Trish P.

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

    Trish Peach · April 5
  • 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
  • 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
  • Daniel P.

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

    Daniel Plemmons · March 30
  • Libby L.

    Earthquake exhibit is my favorite

    Libby Lee-Egan · March 22
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Diana D.

    Penguins are amazingly cute!

    Diana Dumbravean · March 7
  • Lily K.

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

    Lily Kwong · March 4
  • Alan x.

    Increíble lugar! No olviden subir el techo viviente!

    Alan x el mundo · February 25
  • Andrey K.

    Giraffes are not afraid of earthquakes

    Andrey Klen · February 22
  • Emma

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

    Emma · February 22
  • Luis Yi

    it is amazing

    Luis Yi · February 14
  • 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
  • JJ V.

    Planetarium very informative

    JJ Venturini · January 31
  • Marcia V.

    Maravilha vale a pena conhecer .

    Marcia Vieira · January 27
  • 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
  • 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 Vu · January 19
  • Silvia P.

    Planetario. Maravilloso

    Silvia Perez · January 18
  • Jenny J.

    Amazing place to spend a day with the kids.

    Jenny Jensen · January 17
  • Sebastian M.

    Come here on Thursdays night!

    Sebastian Martinez · January 16
  • 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
  • Nika

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

    Nika · January 7
  • Rebecca W.

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

    Rebecca Wang · January 2
  • Salomon S.

    The aquarium is the best part. The jellyfish are mesmerizing

    Salomon Sambra · December 30, 2014
  • Ryan W.

    Visit the planetarium!

    Ryan Wyatt · December 28, 2014
  • Kyria D.

    Museum maravilhoso para todas as idades

    Kyria Darsaclis · December 28, 2014
  • Ty W.

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

    Ty Wu · December 11, 2014
  • Eugenia

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

    Eugenia · December 11, 2014
  • 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
  • Ian W.

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

    Ian Westcott · December 1, 2014
  • Molly B.

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

    Molly Bagby · December 1, 2014
  • Tammie T.

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

    Tammie Tam · November 30, 2014

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