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California Academy of Sciences

4.7/5263 Reviews
Museum
Monday-Saturday 9:30-17:00, Sunday 11:00-17:00, latest admission time 16:00.
55 Music Concourse Dr San Francisco, CA 94118
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  • 路易
    5.0

    It's worth visiting. There are aquarium, zoo and insect museum. They have their own characteristics. They are very good. My daughter likes them very much and can spend most of the day in them.

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  • 110****480
    5.0

    In the San Francisco Bay area, it is worth visiting and divided into several areas. In addition to the exhibition of many animal and plant specimens, there are also tropical rainforest areas, experience areas such as earthquakes and fog, marine animal areas and so on. The 4D cinema tells about coral protection. The service staff's explanation is also very professional and the experience is excellent.

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  • 乐天的静
    5.0

    The California Museum of Science is a very famous science and Astronomy Museum in San Francisco. It's quite suitable for children to go with. It's worth taking children with it. The price at night is very good. It's better to go to the nearby free Golden Gate Park. I have to pay $30 to get in. I'm looking forward to a visit like the Smithsonian Museum.

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  • Scott Daly
    5.0

    I have really loved this place since I was just a kid and got to go many times on school field trips. Now that I'm all grown up I'm sad to say I don't get to go as much but when I do I really try to take advantage of this place and take it all in. Everything here is amazing but the planetarium is simply stunning and the rainforest exhibit is a must see. The best experience I have had here was when I was able to see the platypus exhibit. I have loved these strange looking yet cute rare mammals since I was little and to see them up close was a highlight in my life. They are so fun to watch and they are truly more than just one of God's jokes when it comes to nature.I do wish more parents would get control of their kids to control the screaming and running around because it is a pricey trip and I think we all want to be able to enjoy ourselves and have a good time.

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  • Trip Editorial Team
    5.0

    Since reopening in 2008, CAS has become a “must-visit” attraction in San Francisco for families. Part natural history museum, part planetarium, and part aquarium (and more!), CAS has something for everyone. And for toddlers, there's even a children's playroom filled with fun and educational objects. When planning a visit, arriving earlier in the day is better (ideally right at opening) since the attractions can become crowded with the inevitable lines. And when you first arrive, go immediately to get your tickets for a planetarium show (if interested) as admission for the free shows will "sell out" for the day. You can then enjoy other exhibits at your leisure knowing that your seats for the planetarium are confirmed for later in the day.

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  • Kat Sun
    5.0

    Nightlife at the Academy is THE spot to hang out with friends after work on Thursday nights during the summer. In the evening, admission is 21+ since they serve alcohol (they have food too). I had never been to the Academy before, but I had a ton of fun exploring all the exhibits with my coworkers for a team bonding event. The exhibits change, but I really enjoyed the whale exhibit (no photography/video), aquarium, and African safari with live penguins.Parking is limited, so you should park outside Golden Gate park and take a rideshare into the park. There are a lot of cars that are in the area on Thursday evenings due to popularity of the event, so you shouldn't have a problem getting a car.

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  • Geng Wang
    5.0

    $12 ticket. $8 drinks. $5 fried rice. $15 parking Rainforest walkthrough. Butterflies flying around you. Aquarium awesome-ness. Held a starfish. Witnessed an urchin flipping itself over. Sea Dragons. Albino crocodile. Bar in every single exhibit. Bocci ball. Ring toss. Corn hole. Lawn bowling. Ping Pong. Music. Another bar. Good looking people with endless conversation starters surrounding you.Is this real life? NightLife at the museum is the best idea ever. P.S. The Earthquake Simulator is not worth the line. If you really want to go, go early in the night so you don't have to wait that long. P.P.S. My friend passed out in the parking garage.

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  • Jaime Lehman
    5.0

    There's something about the insatiable taste for knowledge that turns me into a giggling five year old whenever I come here. I've been thrice; twice for Nightlife (a MUST if you a) don't like children and b) love to drink), and once as a one year anniversary date. I dragged my boyfriend around like he was my favorite stuffed animal to every piece of the exhibit.Butterflies! Space! Living rooftops! Spiders! Fishies! Big fishies! Majestic stingrays! Beautiful creatures and albino crocodiles! If you're lucky, a butterfly will land on your finger in the rainforest exhibit, and for a moment you can feel like Snow White..maybe hold back on the singing.

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  • Verlisia
    5.0

    For those of you only been to California Academy of Sciences during regular hours, I highly recommend giving their Nightlife event a try. It was a very different experience.The museum was a lot less crowded and it was much easier to get to your favorite exhibits. My photos also turned out nicer than those I took during the day. The animals seem to be less active at night. They stayed still and posed nicely for me.The Planetarium and the rain forest exhibit are must see. Make sure you head to the planetarium at least 20 minutes before the show to get the best seats.I have had such a great time even without any alcohol.

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  • Yenni Vance
    5.0

    The Renzo-Piano designed museum houses several ways to experience the natural world under one undulating roof: a real-live rain forest with butterfly wranglers, a stunning aquarium with manta-rays viewed from above and below, and a neck-craning planetarium. The museum basics are present for those who want the traditional wild animal dioramas and educational exhibits. For the more modern-inclined, the innovative sustainable design of the actual building is its own wonder and introduces a new way to visit a museum – on its walkable living roof. The museum is perfect to visit on a rainy day and easily found in Golden Gate Park.

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