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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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  • Max W.
    Max Wenneker1 week ago
    Very expensive but so much to see. Set aside 3 hours.
  • Noha E.
    Noha Eissa2 weeks ago
    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 BooeyDecember 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
    THERE'S SO MUCH TO SEE!
  • 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.
    EVERYTHING
  • 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.
  • 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
  • scludşeıgaşeuş
    scludşeıgaşeuşJune 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! http://www.weplann.com.br/san-francisco/tour-vip-academy-of-science-noite
  • 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
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