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Explore one of the world’s largest museums of natural history at California Academy of Sciences. Located in Golden Gate Park, the center offers the world’s only combined aquarium, planetarium, rainforest, and living museum. Ride past tigers and elephants on a simulated African safari or admire tropical animals and vegetation by climbing through the canopy of a living rainforest. Don’t miss the chance to shake things up in the earthquake simulator. Free parking is available for the first 4 hours. By using our San Francisco day trip planning site, you can arrange your visit to California Academy of Sciences and other attractions in San Francisco.
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$77 BOOK WITH VIATOR Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour
Duration: 60 to 120 minutes
$114 BOOK WITH VIATOR Golden Gate Park Segway Tour - Easy to learn then 2.5 hours of gliding fun Golden Gate Park Segway Tour - Easy to learn then 2.5 hours of gliding fun
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
$56 BOOK WITH VIATOR California Academy of Sciences General Admission Ticket California Academy of Sciences General Admission Ticket
Duration: 3 to 5 hours
$33 BOOK WITH VIATOR California Academy of Sciences NightLife Admission Ticket California Academy of Sciences NightLife Admission Ticket
Duration: 4 hours
$230 BOOK WITH VIATOR Private Segway Tour through Golden Gate Park - 3 hours with your own guide Private Segway Tour through Golden Gate Park - 3 hours with your own guide
Duration: 3 hours
$84 BOOK WITH VIATOR Go City: San Francisco Explorer Pass - Choose 2, 3, 4 or 5 Attractions Go City: San Francisco Explorer Pass - Choose 2, 3, 4 or 5 Attractions
Duration: 60 days
$97 BOOK WITH VIATOR Go City: San Francisco All-Inclusive Pass with 25+ Attractions Go City: San Francisco All-Inclusive Pass with 25+ Attractions
Duration: 1 to 5 days
$101 BOOK WITH VIATOR San Francisco Highlights Tour San Francisco Highlights Tour
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
California Academy of Sciences reviews
I appreciate the masking policy given guests stay there for over an hour to tour the museum. I love this place -- it is well maintained! I had been here over 8 years ago and 4 years ago and back...
I appreciate the masking policy given guests stay there for over an hour to tour the museum. I love this place -- it is well maintained! I had been here over 8 years ago and 4 years ago and back... more »
The planetarium shows were fantastic and the exhibitions great. Food is very expensive at their cafeteria
The planetarium shows were fantastic and the exhibitions great. Food is very expensive at their cafeteria more »
General admission is about 30-35 bucks if you have student ID and other applicable discounts. I think the price is fair for what they offer. We bought the VIP tour with private access to the Living Roof to actually see the animal bones that were in the process of being “cleaned” by other little creatures. We got to see collected specimens (huge collection!). I didn’t know about ichthyology until then so it was great if you are interested in science or fish. We didn’t take much advantage of the VIP access as they came with great benefits such as discounts at the restaurant and souvenir stores I believe, but skip-the-line and entrances to the GEM vault or other collections were worth it. And it’s only like $25 per person for the VIP tour. However, I have to be honest that I did expect a bit more out of the VIP tour, and for general admissions: I do wish the planetarium’s image quality to be a bit better, but that’s okay. We’ll come back sometimes when they have new stuffs.
my absolute favorite museum i have ever been to. the butterfly exhibit was extraordinary and i loved being able to experience the planetarium show. the jellyfish were absolutely mesmerizing and i appreciated the diversity in sea life. the aquarium was great and i loved seeing the alligator. great for kids and adults. plenty to see, do, and learn.
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