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California Academy of Sciences

#13 of 535 things to do in San Francisco Features Animals
55 Music Concourse Dr, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118-4503
+1 415-379-8000
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  • Average8%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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

Spent several hours here, as there are many types of exhibits. Make your planetarium reservations as soon as you can as space fills up quickly. Lots to see and do, kids of all ages will enjoy. Everything from natural history to minerals , plants and...More

Thank JoyceB822
Reviewed 3 days ago

I spent my late teens and early twenties visiting the Academy of Sciences, especially the laser light shows in the Planetarium. Then the Academy closed for quite some time. What they presented to the public was a wonderful facelift and restructuring of this interactive museum....More

Thank Cyndi V
Reviewed 3 days ago

Loved loved loved this place, This is a must see in Golden Gate Park. very interesting and unusual exhibits, only thing that was a disappointment was the living room.....It was kinda dead and brown

Thank RichLI
Reviewed 4 days ago

First parking - there's a structure underneath, its pricey ($30?/day) but convenient. If you're coming for the day, its worth it. It does get full so best come first thing. If you're a member and are planning to just coming for the morning there's street...More

Thank marmac_10
Reviewed 4 days ago

NightLife allows adults to enjoy the museum on listed Thursdays from 6-11pm. Food and beverages (including adult beverages) are available for purchase and each week has additional things to see which aren't typically in the museum. The museum itself is fantastic! There is a rainforest,...More

Thank GiddyupBorzoi
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

If I was ever to go to San Francisco again this would be on top of my list of places to see. The displays were outstanding, creative and amazingly well presented! The planetarium was almost like a ride you actually felt like you were there!...More

Thank Kate F
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

And much more. Planetarium, basic science exhibits, travel king exhibitions, and hands on exhibits make this a fascinating place for all ages. Great restaurant choices too - no soggy hotdogs.

Thank oaklandexplorer2016
Reviewed 5 days ago

The Academy of Sciences is great! If you have children, they will really enjoy the visit. If you do not, consider an evening visit (I believe that they are weekly) where there is also music and drinks...it is very fun. My favorite attractions are the...More

Thank CLT29
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Such a huge variety of sciences are on display here that almost everyone will find something that intrigues them. Highlights include the Rainforest and the Planetarium.

Thank Toby W
Reviewed 6 days ago

Very nice museum and a great way to spend a day. Kids love it and it has a bit of everything: plants, animals, physics. . .

Thank tatatu
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Brianna S
Hi, Are there in and out privileges once you have a ticket in order to have a picnic in the park? Thanks!
3 April 2017|
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Response from CalAcademyofSciences | Property representative |
Hi Brianna! You can absolutely leave and come back the same day, just request a hand-stamp from a door attendant before exiting. You're also totally welcome to bring you own food—we offer seating in the Piazza and in both... More
Yael D
Would a very mature and sciency 4.5 year old enjoy it?would her 18 month old sister suffer too much?
18 February 2017|
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Response from dclare142 | Reviewed this property |
Yes I think this would be an excellent choice and there are plenty of interactive options for children. The previous comment adds in some of those options and the butterfly display enthralled all the children when I was... More
Daniel H
Is the nightlife session at CAS worth it? Also, when do you try to pick up the planetarium tickets?
18 January 2017|
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Response from dclare142 | Reviewed this property |
Agree with getting planetarium tickets early or you can miss out and have to wait quite a while for the next one. I did not go to the nightlife session and would expect it to be of equally high quality as the last person... More