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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
Closed until 11:00 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)
    Rachel G.
    "Thursday nights "Nightlife" event is a MUST see."(28 Tips)
    Rochie M.
    "Be sure to visit the Planetarium & the Living Roof!"(11 Tips)
    Elizabeth F.
    "Don't forget to check out the albino alligator!"(7 Tips)
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  • Nate L.

    Very cool but seems over priced.

    Nate Lawler · 2 weeks ago
  • Fi V.

    An amazing museum with a lot of activities, you need almost a whole day to do everything!

    Fi Vei · 2 weeks ago
  • Stephanie E.

    The planetarium is fantastic as is the aquarium level

    Stephanie Escobar · October 27
  • Francisco J. B.

    Super busy on Sundays!

    Francisco J. Barrera · September 21
  • Isabella U.


    Isabella Ursos · September 14
  • Sherry L.

    Thursday night life is fun!

    Sherry Li · September 6
  • 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
  • Doug V.

    Make sure you check out the living roof from the third floor.

    Doug Valente · August 31
  • Ashley K.

    Birds and fish and dinos and stars!

    Ashley Kemper · August 31
  • 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
  • Yuki K.

    Fantastic places. Love it. Read more

    Yuki Katniss · August 18
  • Yuki K.

    Cool academy !! Read more

    Yuki Katniss · August 18
  • Meghan S.

    Cool planetarium and aquarium

    Meghan Smith · August 13
  • 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
  • Gs R.

    Just seen Wonderful Aquarium.

    Gs Raju · July 14
  • 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.

  • 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
  • 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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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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