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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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  • Weronika H.
    A learing experience.
  • Ailie C.
    Ailie ChangNovember 11, 2017
    Come Thursday Nights! The aquarium was the best part.
  • Brandon N.
    Brandon NuckeltNovember 3, 2017
    Go for the Late Night evenings for a learn, dance, and chill with a nice cocktail. It's adults only!
  • Manu V.
    Manu VethOctober 12, 2017
    Interesting. A perfect place to bring kids.
  • Curtis S.
    Curtis ShoungSeptember 24, 2017
    It's all about the aquarium and the butterfly room. Everything else is a bit meh
  • Jessie S.
    Jessie SSeptember 15, 2017
    Must go to the Thursday night gig! Drink cocktails whilst you roam around the academy learning, seeing glowing fish, play interactive dinosaur games and listen to great dj's. What could be better!
  • Valerie O.
    Valerie OonSeptember 9, 2017
    Josh did such an excellent job narrating the structure of the universe prezzo (half hour show at the planetarium). I loved his enthusiasm and humor. The earthquake simulator was a great idea too!
  • Patrick K.
    Patrick KeenanSeptember 8, 2017
    Check out Thursday night night life, so cool to have cocktails around science
  • Daniela R.
    Daniela RodSeptember 5, 2017
    Better go on Thursday's night. If not, you will be crashing al over the place with kids. Not nice experience
  • Clarice O.
    Clarice OliveiraAugust 4, 2017
    This is a great museum. NightLife on Thursdays nights is the best.
  • Won-seob C.
    Won-seob ChoJuly 28, 2017
    Well organized program
  • Nikhil C.
    Nikhil ChandranJuly 14, 2017
    The planetarium is world-class. And also try to read as much of the info posted in the exhibits. Very well-written and informative. Plus so many activities for kids and juniors!
  • Bobbye D.
    Bobbye DieckmannJuly 14, 2017
    It was great to have so much to see and do all under one roof!
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  • Eleanor R.
    Eleanor RigbyJuly 10, 2017
    Perfect place to visit with the kids. That have a lot of activities like the planetarium, the earthquake simulator, roof garden, aquarium, birds area and a white alligator...
  • Max W.
    Max WennekerJune 18, 2017
    Very expensive but so much to see. Set aside 3 hours.
  • Noha E.
    Noha EissaJune 10, 2017
    It's a great place to go and experience new knowledge
  • Aaron D.
    Aaron DodgeMay 27, 2017
    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, 2017
    Unadvertised student discount - you gotta ask!
  • Ryan B.
    Ryan BlockMay 15, 2017
    What a great place to explore and learn something new. Very focused on the earth and animals.
  • David R.
    David RApril 14, 2017
    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, 2017
    You have to see the butterflies!
  • Barry J.
    Barry JennerApril 4, 2017
    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.
    Philipp SchiwekMarch 10, 2017
    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, 2017
    The Adult Thursday Nights should be a thing at every museum
  • Eddie V.
    Eddie VeesFebruary 24, 2017
    The Amazon aquarium is pretty impressive.
  • Ashley B.
    Ashley BowlesFebruary 23, 2017
    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, 2017
    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, 2017
    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, 2017
    Awesome variety of things to do and see. The kids loved it. The staff was so friendly and helpful.
  • Melody S.
    Melody ScottJanuary 7, 2017
    Be sure to get your planetarium tickets first so you get into the show you want
  • Raed A.
    Raed AlSaeedJanuary 6, 2017
    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!
  • 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
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