California Academy of Sciences

55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118
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(415) 379-8000

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    Home to Steinhart Aquarium, Kimball Natural History Museum, Morrison Planetarium, and world-class research and education programs, the California Academy of Sciences is one of San Francisco’s must-see destinations. From its four-story living rainforest to its interactive space shows, the Academy’s exhibits will delight visitors of ...

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60 Reviews of California Academy of Sciences

One amazing place!

- April 2016

We went to the Bay Area for a wedding last year and had a couple of days to explore. One of the day's we headed over to the California Academy of Sciences. We LOVE a science museum and this really sounded like it was going to fit the bill. It did not disappoint. Our only disappointment was that we ran out of time and didn't get to see everything!

We loved checking out the earthquake exhibit, and the Aquarium. The colorful tanks with fish from all over the world looked healthy and happy. We were able to have a look at fish from the Philippines, which was fun because we had a trip planned there. The touch tank was great and students were doing experiments with an octopus, so we watched that for a bit. She was studying social habits of the octopus, which was really interested.

One thing we loved was going up to the upper floors and we had a look at drawing skulls and learned about various species.

The next time we are down, we will definitely head back here to explore more. We really loved this and would recommend it highly!

Definately takes more than one day!!

- August 2013

My family and I went to The California Academy of Sciences on our recent trip to San Francisco. It was amazing!!! There was so much to do there: Aquarium, rainforest, planetarium, earthquake exhibit, living roof, toddler area, etc. We are not from a large city and the crowds here were overwhelming! We had to wait before viewing each exhibit which can be terribly frustrating with five small children. I found that with the ammount that the museum has to offer topped off with the long lines there was no way to accomplish this in one day.
The cafeteria food looked good but we packed a lunch and ate it on the floor in the center sun room. Saved a lot of money and probably a lot of time. It was worth going but I am not sure I will go again as the crowds were just too much for us. (We didn't encounter crowds like this in the rest of the city.)

Great for my scientist

- May 2013

What a museum! CAS was not on my original list of places to go while we were in California, but as the Exploratorium was closed, I decided to give it a try, and I'm so glad we went! My daughter loved the rainforest, the aquarium, the living roof, the earthquake exhibit and all the rest! She found the exhibits all to be engaging and informative. Plus, the cafeteria has wonderful, healthy choices! I understand it can be crowded, but we lucked out and only had a few short lines to wait in while we were there. Bonus : we got a discount for taking MUNI (the bus).

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