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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
Hours:
Open until 5:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sat
    • 9:30 AM–5:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 11:00 AM–5:00 PM
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Wi-Fi:
Free

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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    Safire L.
    "Every Thursday night: DJs, geeky lectures, and drinks... oh my!"(31 Tips)
    Sid S.
    "A beautiful aquarium along with the tropical rainforest tour."(29 Tips)
    Cliff S.
    "The earthquake simulator is worth the wait in line."(10 Tips)
    Rochie M.
    "Be sure to visit the Planetarium & the Living Roof!"(11 Tips)
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  • David H.

    First thing you do should be grabbing planetarium tickets for a showing later in the day!

    David Hu · 1 week ago
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  • Dan W.

    It's all about the Thursday nights.

    Dan White · 2 weeks ago
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  • Helio M.

    Really love this place! You should try the earthquake machine :) the cafeteria isn't good at all

    Helio Medeiros · 3 weeks ago
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  • Megan P.

    Slightly underwhelming for the price.

    Megan Pajtas · April 6
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  • Kian L.

    The rainforest and planetarium were so cool!

    Kian Lavi · April 1
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  • Jim A.

    Excellent museum. Go, and bring the kids. They don't have to be your kids.

    Jim Anderson · March 27
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  • Janet H.

    Come here on a Thursday night. Alcohol and science and no kids!

    Janet H · March 24
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  • Fran S.

    The aquarium, the rain forest, and diving Santa. Make sure to get tickets for planetarium early.

    Fran Su · March 23
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  • Leo K.

    Beautiful exhibits. But, on a rainy Monday on spring break with no other museums open, this place is a shitshow.

    Leo Kim · March 21
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  • Andrew A.

    Nightlife Rainforest closes at 7:30pm

    Andrew Ander · March 20
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  • Marina C.

    Amazing! A must see in SF!

    Marina Cardoso · March 19
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  • Dinnidin

    Thursday nights are great!

    Dinnidin · March 18
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  • Jess L.

    Claude is the fanciest alligator that ever was.

    Jess L · March 18
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  • Troy

    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.

    Troy · March 14
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  • Joe D.

    The Courtship Dance Stage is easily the most hilarious thing here.

    Joe Dudas · March 13
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  • Frank K.

    That albino alligator is amazing to see.

    Frank Kim · March 12
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  • Alex M.

    Evening adult enlightenment (drinking) sessions are great!

    Alex Mann · February 29
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  • Keith R.

    Great place to go to on a first date

    Keith Richardson II · February 26
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  • Ellie K.

    Great place to bring your kids or even have a date :) Beautiful exhibits (love aquarium & rain forest).

    Ellie Kravets · February 12
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  • Dan M.

    Expensive but totally worth it!

    Dan Mondragón Somera · February 9
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  • Greg D.

    Check out the planetarium and the earthquake simulator.

    Greg Dungca · January 20
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  • Natascha F.

    The aquarium and butterflies

    Natascha Fawthrop · January 19
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  • Ren W.

    The aquarium is awesome, better than the planetarium.

    Ren W · January 17
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  • Chloe C.

    Lines, to wait in more lines, to wait in a line...

    Chloe Condon · January 17
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  • Jeff R.

    Penguin feeding time is fun for all ages!

    Jeff Reine 🌧 · January 7
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  • Lynette

    Kids and I really enjoyed the day. Got to see almost all the presentations.

    Lynette · January 4
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  • Cameron K.

    The California Academy of Sciences is fun because you can go under the sea, visit a rain forest, and walk through the African Savanna.

    Cameron Ketcham · December 24, 2015
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  • Shil P.

    Go on the summer adult nights. where else can you find your fav artists DJing at an aquarium #RogueWave

    Shil Pa · December 10, 2015
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  • Cormac R.

    Everything about it is gorgeous.

    Cormac Riordan · November 30, 2015
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  • Nate L.

    Very cool but seems over priced.

    Nate Lawler · November 14, 2015
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  • Fi V.

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

    Fi Vei · November 9, 2015
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  • Stephanie E.

    The planetarium is fantastic as is the aquarium level

    Stephanie Escobar · October 27, 2015
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  • Francisco J. B.

    Super busy on Sundays!

    Francisco J. Barrera · September 21, 2015
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  • Isabella U.

    THERE'S SO MUCH TO SEE!

    Isabella Ursos · September 14, 2015
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  • Sherry L.

    Thursday night life is fun!

    Sherry Li · September 6, 2015
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  • 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, 2015
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  • Doug V.

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

    Doug Valente · August 31, 2015
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  • Ashley K.

    Birds and fish and dinos and stars!

    Ashley Kemper · August 31, 2015
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  • 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, 2015
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  • Yuki K.

    Fantastic places. Love it. Read more

    Yuki Katniss · August 18, 2015
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  • Yuki K.

    Cool academy !! Read more

    Yuki Katniss · August 18, 2015
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  • Meghan S.

    Cool planetarium and aquarium

    Meghan Smith · August 13, 2015
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  • 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, 2015
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  • GS Raju

    Just seen Wonderful Aquarium.

    GS Raju · July 14, 2015
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  • 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 · July 8, 2015
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  • 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, 2015
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  • Bete P.

    Nightlife at the academy is really fun!!!

    Bete Pessoa · June 14, 2015
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  • Bete P.

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

    Bete Pessoa · June 14, 2015
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  • Stephanie R.

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

    Stephanie Robinson · June 2, 2015
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  • 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, 2015
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