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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Karen H
"Fabulous museum for adults and kids"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 21, 2018 NEW
My husband and eleven year old daughter and i visited the California Academy of Sciences on our last day in San Francisco. The museum is comprised of several different areas, including a rainforest exhibit, aquarium, natural history exhibit, theater and traveling or temporary exhibits (currently there is one on earthquakes that is fascinating). We spent about four or five hours and definitely could have spent even longer had we managed to get up earlier! The ticket prices are a little high but a movie is included with the price of admission, which adds value. This is one of the finest science museums I have ever visited!
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paul c
San Francisco, California
"treat for a grandson"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 20, 2018 NEW
Just a terrific exhibit of butterflies, birds, fish, aquatic animals, geckoes, snakes,dragonfish, jellyfish , etc. the plantation shows are also marvelous.
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emorata
Island of Hawaii, Hawaii
"visiting the museum"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 19, 2018 NEW
Beautiful exhibits and fun exploring the new exhibits and regular displays especially the main one from the bottom levels below the water up to the cloud forests above
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sulegirl
fairfax virginia
"A great way to spend Christmas day"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed February 18, 2018 NEW
The cost of admission was pretty steep. Exhibits are unique. We especially liked the bio dome. Wish there were more birds and butterflies to experience in the bio dome. Also the planetarium show is worth the time and include in price. Cafeteria has limited options and is also very expensive so you’d be better off to pack a lunch. You can complete your visit in 4-5 hours.
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Amanda W
"Very Interesting Morning."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 16, 2018 NEW
We got off at this stop from the Hop on/off Bus tour as we had spotted it the day before. I love a good Museum and this was a happy mixture of Museum, Aquarium and Rainforest. There wasn’t much there I hadn’t seen before but the whole experience was calm, quiet and somewhat relaxing. We did watch the Earth Quake experience and found that very interesting. The butterflies in the rainforest were beautiful. We also had a bite to eat in the cafe, not too badly priced.
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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