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California Academy of Sciences: Tours & Tickets

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The world’s only aquarium-planetarium-rainforest-living museum. Come nose-to-beak with penguins and parrots, watch sharks and sting rays cruise beneath your feet, and feel the spray of the California coast. Fly to Mars (and beyond the Milky Way...more
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55 Music Concourse Dr, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118-4503
Golden Gate Park
+1 415-379-8000
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A great place to visit. Very wonderful pyramid with colorful butterflies. Staff were very helpful, nice and welcoming. I would love to visit again for sure.

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is an amazing place. Every age group will love it here. The staff are incredibly helpful, the exhibits and live presentations second to none. The cafeteria offers a wide variety of food choices, the clam chowder is exceptional. This is a must place to...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Went on a suggestion and I wasn't disappointed. Great venue. Went for a night live event and it was fantastic. Exhibits were well done and the interactive ones were very good. If in Golden Gate Park this is definitely a stop.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank deeallen79
Reviewed 4 days ago

It's my second time in this place, and I really enjoy visit and watch all the animals and interactive information they have. It`s a place that kids and adults can have fun. Also we ate at their cafeteria where you can find so many options,...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Francis Melissa B
Reviewed 6 days ago

A very diverse museum. A planetarium (you need to collect tickets to enter this but they are free) which was very good and quite magical, botanical garden, living roof, aquarium and various other exhibits. There were "pop-up" stations dotted all around with Academy staff discussing...More

Date of experience: October 2019
1  Thank Elaine_Exmoor
Reviewed 1 week ago

All under one roof (oh, by the way don't forget to go to the roof garden) for one price..Exhibits are some of the best in the world. This is located in Golden Gate Park across from D'Young Museum, another good stop. Well worth the price....More

Date of experience: August 2019
Reviewed 1 week ago

The academy is designed to give young and older children an experience of nature and science. There's a lot to see and learn for adults as well. We loved the show at the planetarium and all the displays explaining a lot about various natural wonders....More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank cool_satchmo
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great experience for adults and children. The rainforest is amazing with lots to see and do. Aquarium on the ground floor is also amazing,You can pet starfish and several other sea creatures.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank suzannevic2r
Reviewed 1 week ago

I, an adult, went alone and loved it. Most visitors are families with children and school groups. Not very cheap (35 $ for adult) but I think it's worth every penny. Arrive early as there is a lot to see. And early in the day...More

Date of experience: October 2019
1  Thank Galileu G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to the museum as a party of 3, with my wife and 21 year old daughter, we experienced a highly enjoyable well laid out and highly interactive experience. On site facilities were exemplary (and would put many UK museums to shame) it was...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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9 August 2019|
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Response from 94121travel | Reviewed this property |
I would recommend calling the Academy's General Inquiries line. If you scroll to the bottom of their main website and click contact the telephone # and email address is in the bottom part of the Contact page.
21 May 2019|
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Response from CharlesYYZ | Reviewed this property |
Coat check yes, you maybe able to check the car seat there too. You can also reach out there customer service prior your visit, they are very helpful via email.
22 November 2018|
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Response from 753gerrim | Reviewed this property |
Well I'm 41 and I really enjoyed it, it's a very interesting museum so if you get a chance I'd recommend you check it out.