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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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  • PILAR P.
    PILAR PRENDES1 week ago
    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 H2 weeks ago
    Go with your kids
  • Brandon C.
    Brandon Cain3 weeks ago
    Hidden gem of SF. Great for all ages and they give military discount!
  • Danny J.
    Danny JuarezNovember 12
    The new planetarium is awesome!
  • Seth M.
    Seth McCombsNovember 1
    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 4 weeks ago
  • Denise F.
    Denise FOctober 28
    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
    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
    Beautiful place lo learn about our world
  • Thom M.
    Thom MahoneySeptember 13
    Get planetarium tickets first, then go see the museum.
    Upvoted Sep 13
  • Anna S.
    Anna SellemAugust 27
    Bar, food and Dj every Thursday night! :)
  • Luis David S.
    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
    What a great idea to have an after-hours adults-only event. Well done!
  • Rachel S.
    Nightlife on Thursdays! ❤️
  • Berta M.
    Everthing Is great, very good experience.
  • Bodil Jane
    Bodil JaneJuly 30
    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.
    Checkout the Academy Store and visit Lemondrop, the yellow boa constrictor. They also have cool tees.
  • Shiva S.
    Variety of fishes and rare white crocodile and rain forest theme inside the glass
  • Sam S.
    Sam SabriJuly 5
    Visit on a weekday to avoid the crowds.
  • Brandon K.
    Cool place. Very beautiful, not particularly scientific but cool cursory overview of various topics
  • Catriona H.
    Catriona HunterJune 30
    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
    Excelent planetary experience. Aquarium beautiful! There are discounts for students presenting your credentials, no matter if it is foreign.
  • Lucy P.
    Lucy PerryJune 19
    Claude the albino alligator 💗
  • Jessica T.
    Go for nightlife, everything is the Sam but cheaper and less crowed. 21+ only
  • Pepita G.
    The planetarium. The rainforest and the aquarium.
  • Jenna S.
    Jenna SJune 14
    Great aquarium!
  • Kait G.
    Nightlife on Thursdays.
  • David H.
    David HuApril 24
    First thing you do should be grabbing planetarium tickets for a showing later in the day!
  • Dan W.
    Dan WhiteApril 17
    It's all about the Thursday nights.
  • Helio M.
    Really love this place! You should try the earthquake machine :) the cafeteria isn't good at all
  • Megan P.
    Slightly underwhelming for the price.
  • Kian L.
    Kian LaviApril 1
    The rainforest and planetarium were so cool!
  • Jim A.
    Jim AndersonMarch 27
    Excellent museum. Go, and bring the kids. They don't have to be your kids.
  • Janet H.
    Janet HMarch 24
    Come here on a Thursday night. Alcohol and science and no kids!
  • Fran S.
    Fran SuMarch 23
    The aquarium, the rain forest, and diving Santa. Make sure to get tickets for planetarium early.
  • Leo K.
    Leo KimMarch 21
    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
    Nightlife Rainforest closes at 7:30pm
  • Marina C.
    Amazing! A must see in SF!
  • Dinnidin
    DinnidinMarch 18
    Thursday nights are great!
  • Jess L.
    Jess LMarch 18
    Claude is the fanciest alligator that ever was.
  • Troy
    TroyMarch 14
    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
    The Courtship Dance Stage is easily the most hilarious thing here.
  • Frank K.
    Frank KimMarch 12
    That albino alligator is amazing to see.
  • Alex M.
    Alex MannFebruary 29
    Evening adult enlightenment (drinking) sessions are great!
  • Keith R.
    Great place to go to on a first date
  • Ellie K.
    Ellie KravetsFebruary 12
    Great place to bring your kids or even have a date :) Beautiful exhibits (love aquarium & rain forest).
  • Dan M.
    Expensive but totally worth it!
  • Greg D.
    Greg DungcaJanuary 20
    Check out the planetarium and the earthquake simulator.
  • Natascha F.
    The aquarium and butterflies
  • Ren W.
    Ren WJanuary 17
    The aquarium is awesome, better than the planetarium.
  • Chloe C.
    Chloe CondonJanuary 17
    Lines, to wait in more lines, to wait in a line...
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