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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Nick E
Wirral
"North America 2018"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 20, 2018 NEW
Eye wateringly expensive, but totally amazing. Due to its high cost of entry it seems to be quiet so exploring is easy and comfortable. The exhibits are excellent it is educational, entertaining and fun.
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occasionaltraveler04
Syracuse, NY
"Wish we had more time"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 20, 2018 NEW
We didn’t get here until 4 o’clock and it closed at five so we only had one hour. This place is fabulous and hopefully will get back to see it again. We went in the shake house, a place to feel an earthquake. We also had time for the planetarium show and took a quick walk through the place. I really wanted to see the rain forest but that exhibit was closed. This place is so huge and so fantastic that we both mentioned that this is a place you could only find in a large city. Go - but allow 2-3 hours for the visit.
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wanderlustandsparkle
Honolulu, Hawaii
"Albino Alligator!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 17, 2018 NEW
Literally most of my adventures in San Francisco weren't planned I didn't know about this place, I either saw a flag on a pole or when I google mapped Golden Gate Park. The line for the tickets went fast, and it was great to learn about things rather than just going there to take an Instagram shot like a few of the museums are popular for.
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travelKathy63
Boise, Idaho
"Disappointing"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed September 16, 2018 NEW
I expected more from this museum. I went on a Thursday evening during their weekly nighttime event, and was glad I didn’t pay full price. Although the exhibits were interesting, it was smaller than I thought and we got through it all rather quickly.
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Dan C
Tucson, Arizona
"Top Notch Aquarium, Planetarium and Museum Under One Roof"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 15, 2018 NEW
Absolutely excellent layout and design of a multifaceted attraction. From the huge planetarium theater shows to the three-floor rain forest and aquarium to the world history and natural science hands-on museum...my 19 and 22 year old loved this place! We spent about 4 hours including lunch at a food truck out front and enjoyed a few planetarium shows and exhibits. You could make a whole day of it, but 3-4 hours was about right. Worth an Uber to get there!.
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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