California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, CA

55 Music Concourse DriveSan Francisco, CA 94118
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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.


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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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Cave Creek, Arizona
"So much to see!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 20, 2017 NEW
This place is a natural history museum, aquarium, planetarium, and interactive science center all rolled into one! Great for kids and adults alike. Be sure to sign up for tickets to a planetarium show. Informative and calming during a busy day. This is a must see. We were able to use our CityPass for this site and it was well worth it.
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Carina G
"Spent half the visit waiting in line"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 19, 2017 NEW
My husband, mother, and I paid the California Academy of Sciences a visit because we had purchased the CityPass and it was an included attraction. The available day for us was a Sunday and the museum didn't open until 11am, which I thought was unreasonably late. We spent time in the rose garden in Golden Gate Park and headed to the Academy shortly before 11am and were astonished to find a line of hundreds of people waiting to get in when it opened. Luckily the line moved fairly quickly, but then we went straight to another line to get tickets for the IMAX (included with admission, but tickets required). We were instructed to return to the theater 10 minutes before showtime and when we did, we were the last people in line (didn't want to spend our entire visit in line when we couldn't get into the theater before show time). Fortunately we were able to find seats together (in the front). We also waited in line for the earthquake house and the rainforest. The aquarium was so packed, you could hardly move. I thought there were lots of really good exhibits, but the crowds and lines really detracted from the experience.
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North Narrabeen, Australia
"Excellent Displays and Presentations"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 19, 2017 NEW
Our second day in San Francisco and we both decided to attend the California Academy of Sciences. This was an exceptionally good decision. Everything we saw and experienced we enjoyed. In the Planetarium we attended Incoming, Earthquake and Tout of the Universe - all were amazing experiences. We wandered throughout the museum for about 5 hours, and there was more to see and experience. This is a great place to visit, experience and learn for all ages.
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"We've been twice this month!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 19, 2017 NEW
This museum has blown my mind. I lOVE it!! We love the butterflies then directly to the Aquarium. The layout flows very nicely. All the additional exhibits are amazing! We will go back again soon. So much to see! Cafe has really great food!!! Not the usual food options which I was thrilled to see. The outside seating is lovely also. Each time we go, we find another reason to go back.
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Fairfax, Virginia
"Something For Everyone"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 17, 2017 NEW
The aquarium here is outstanding. The planetarium here is outstanding. The rain forest dome is ok, and the parking is pretty easy. This is a definite family group must see. Enjoyed the afternoon we spent here.
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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