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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:
Closed until 9:30 AM (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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    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)
    Tam T.
    "Loved the skulls exhibit as well as aquarium and penguin feeding."(11 Tips)
    Rochie M.
    "Be sure to visit the Planetarium & the Living Roof!"(11 Tips)
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  • Dan M.

    Expensive but totally worth it!

    Dan Mondragón Somera · 10 hours ago
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  • Greg D.

    Check out the planetarium and the earthquake simulator.

    Greg Dungca · 2 weeks ago
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  • Natascha F.

    The aquarium and butterflies

    Natascha Fawthrop · 3 weeks ago
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  • Ren W.

    The aquarium is awesome, better than the planetarium.

    Ren W · 3 weeks ago
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  • Chloe C.

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

    Chloe Condon · 3 weeks ago
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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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  • 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, 2015
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  • Chris 'Marshall' M.

    EVERYTHING

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  • Alex B.

    Thursday night life.

    Alex Baldwin · May 3, 2015
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  • Scott F.

    The simulated earth quake is fun and not scary.

    Scott Fisher · April 28, 2015
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  • Vitor H.

    Earthquake experience it's really cool

    Vitor Hugo · April 9, 2015
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  • 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, 2015
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  • Trish P.

    Membership at the California academy is the best - perfect for days out in the world of science.

    Trish Peach · April 5, 2015
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  • 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, 2015
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  • 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, 2015
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  • Daniel P.

    The CalAcad Planetarium beats out every other planetarium oh been to in terms of projection and show quality.

    Daniel Plemmons · March 30, 2015
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  • Libby L.

    Earthquake exhibit is my favorite

    Libby Lee-Egan · March 22, 2015
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  • 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, 2015
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  • 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, 2015
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  • 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, 2015
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  • Diana D.

    Penguins are amazingly cute!

    Diana Dumbravean · March 7, 2015
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  • Lily K.

    Pricey admission but lots of interesting exhibits. Worth it if you see the whole place

    Lily Kwong · March 4, 2015
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  • Andrey K.

    Giraffes are not afraid of earthquakes

    Andrey Klen · February 22, 2015
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  • Emma

    Lovely place. The botanic garden and aquarium are my favorites. Visually stunning and dazzling.

    Emma · February 22, 2015
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  • Luis Yi

    it is amazing

    Luis Yi · February 14, 2015
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