California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, CA

55 Music Concourse DriveSan Francisco, CA 94118
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Overview

Located in Golden Gate Park, the California Academy of Sciences offers a museum experience unlike any other in the world. Where else can you find an aquarium, planetarium, and natural history museum all in the same building? When inside, guests can explore a 4-story rainforest, waddle with penguins, learn about space, engage with interactive exhibits, and so much more.

Description

from California Academy of Sciences
Based in Golden Gate Park, the California Academy of Sciences is a destination like no other and a must-see San Francisco museum. It’s the only place on Earth to house an aquarium, planetarium, and natural history museum—all under one living roof.

From the splashing penguins in African Hall to the wildflowers on the roof, the building is bursting with life. A four-story living rainforest and awe-inspiring coral reef ecosystem showcase Earth’s biodiversity, while immersive planetarium shows offer a new perspective on the planet we call home.

Morrison Planetarium
Our 75-foot, all-digital dome displays one of the most accurate and immersive Universes ever created.

Kimball Natural History Museum
The Kimball Natural History Museum explores the evolution—and future—of life on Earth.

Osher Rainforest
Step inside a living four-story rainforest, home to free-flying tropical butterflies and birds.

Steinhart Aquarium
Dive into one of the most biodiverse and interactive aquariums in the world, home to nearly 40,000 live animals.

A new adventure unfolds every Thursday night from 6:00 pm –10:00 pm with NightLife.
Enjoy music, creatures, and cocktails as you set out with friends on a journey to the stars and the depths of the sea. Last entry is 9:00 pm.
Separate admission required.

Open Year Round
*Vouchers Not Accepted June 4, 2017

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Julius G
Wailuku, Hawaii
"Very cool place to visit"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 17, 2018 NEW
We took my daughter to see the cool sites. The domed theater was awesome, felt like you are actually flying. Also, the rain forest exhibit made you feel like you were in an actual rain forest, with butterflies flying all around you.
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kenracine
Racine, Wisconsin
"Science visit"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 15, 2018 NEW
We had a great visit here with our 7 year old granddaughter. We spent 4 hours inside and loved it, especially the rain forest. Do not forget to visit the roof. You can do it on your own, or with a tour. We did it and very interesting.
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lrogers44
Phoenix, Arizona
"California Academy of Sciences"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 14, 2018 NEW
Overall, the entire venue was very interesting and engaging. There were many exibits and the staff and employees were engaged and very helpful. We opted to buy our tickets online and a private tour of the behind the scenes tour of the exibits. I recommend that you just purchase your ticketes when you go because this is not an amusement park and the line to get tickets was non-existant. However, I highly recommend the "Behind the Scenes" tours because you will see things that are not available to the regular guests. If you have kids, this is a place that will hold their attention for quite some time.
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tqguy74
"Was ok"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed June 11, 2018 NEW
Was a little underwhelming to be honest. Not sure what I expected. There were some good displays but others were closed.
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lancechr
Pocatello, Idaho
"Get Citypass and it's included. Fun place!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 11, 2018 NEW
Great fun place. The rainforest is humid. My family loved it. Planetarium cost extra. Exhibits are really well done. The volunteers are really happy and excited to teach you things.
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Frequently Asked Questions about California Academy of Sciences

Is the museum accessible?
Yes. California Academy of Sciences is fully wheelchair accessible.  Manual wheelchairs are available to borrow free of charge at Coat Check on a first-come, first-served basis in exchange for a photo ID.

In addition, all exhibits have built-in detection points for the blind, and our public elevators are equipped with auditory signals. Wherever possible, exhibits have been made tactile for an enhanced experience. For the deaf and hard of hearing, transcripts are available for all regularly scheduled Planetarium shows and other multimedia in the Academy and assistive listening transmitters are positioned in the Planetarium, Earthquake Mini-Dome Theater, and Earthquake Shake House exhibit. Interpreters accompanying a deaf or hearing-impaired individual are admitted free of charge.

Does the museum offer dining options?
Yes. Guests can dine at The Terrace and the Academy Cafe.

What are the hours of operation?
California Academy of Sciences is open every day of the year with the following hours:

  • Monday–Saturday: 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
  • Sunday: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm