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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California Academy of Sciences Reviews
Our tour guide convinced us to go here. So glad we did! Coming back in a few months to bring more of our family! more »
In most big cities on the west coast, you can find a variety of museums that include art museums, ethnic museums, science museums, kids museums, hopefully something with oddities and... more »
Wonderful facility that includes multiple exhibits and experiences. I took a tour of the rain forest, aquarium and planetarium while I was there. Exhibits are well maintained, interactive and informative. The rain forest is particularly well done as you wind your way up into the canopy and then descend under water into the sunken forest floor. We also had a great guide in the planetarium (aaron) who took us on a wonderful trip exploring the universe. Highly recommended.
What an awesome museum!! So many great exhibits I felt like it had everything you could ask for in terms of natural history, and the planetarium was rad (though get in line early if you want tickets for that!). We were able to use our Discover and Go passes through the Berkeley Public Library to visit for free, anyone who is local should definitely check if their library provides something similar because getting in for free made the experience that much better.
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