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California Academy of Sciences
California Academy of Sciences

California Academy of Sciences

Daily 9:30am–5pm (Sunday from 11am)
55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California, 94118

The Basics

There's much to see and do at the academy, so a full-day visit is recommended. Check out the largest spherical rain forest exhibit in the world, where the air is humid and tropical birds and butterflies fly overhead. Or, enter the all-digital planetarium for special exhibits and an astronaut's view of Earth. Other highlights include the aquarium's California Coast, Philippine Coral Reef, and Water-World tanks; the penguins in the African Hall, and the museum's most popular resident Claude, an albino American alligator. Travelers can visit with a general admission ticket, take a behind-the-scenes tour, or stop by as part of a hop-on hop-off bus tour.

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California Academy of Sciences General Admission Ticket
California Academy of Sciences General Admission Ticket
$38.75 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great science exposure
Great way to spend a day. Kids enjoyed rainforest, aquarium and planetarium. The bugs/insects exhibit less so.
David_H, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in San Francisco

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VictorManuel_B, Jul 2022
California Academy of Sciences General Admission Ticket
excellent place, it takes several hours to enjoy it quietly, getting there by public transport is very easy as well as using a bicycle
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Family Memories
Maria_G, Jul 2022
California Academy of Sciences General Admission Ticket
The planetarium! We loved all of the shows. it was well done! We learned so much and the experience will be remembered for years to come.
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Parking was terrible 😢
Jocelyn_V, Jul 2022
California Academy of Sciences General Admission Ticket
The 🪸 Reef show was breathtaking (newer) (we’ve been here before). A must see for the whole family. Staff were very nice and courteous.
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Our trip
MaryAnn_B, Jul 2022
California Academy of Sciences General Admission Ticket
Nice experience. We enjoyed our day. We liked the easy entrance tickets. Thanks. We would recommend to others.
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Dad Visits Cali.
Jewels_B, Jun 2022
California Academy of Sciences General Admission Ticket
It was an exciting and memorable experience. I had my husband, kids and my Dad. My dad’s first time to visit and see. He was here to visit from New York. And we all had a wonderful time.
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Science Lover
Vanessa_S, Jun 2022
California Academy of Sciences General Admission Ticket
Such a great time to learn science and experience how the way of life works and has evolved. Awesome attraction for family time, the kids will absolutely love it!!
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Kids enjoyed
Lisa_E, Jun 2022
California Academy of Sciences General Admission Ticket
Probably the white crocodile for the kids and T Rex when we walked through the doors. The aquarium was our purpose but it's a little disappointing when the tide pools for hands on wasn't open. The rainforest was difficult to find entrance. No food or drink inside was a pain but they do offer an area for kids outside to eat and play which the kids did enjoy.
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Science Academy Time
Michael_B, May 2022
California Academy of Sciences General Admission Ticket
Understanding the eco system and the way San Francisco has evolved since it's early years. Very good for children
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A rare opportunity to expand scientific vocabulary and knowledge in one place!
Reyna_C, Apr 2022
California Academy of Sciences General Admission Ticket
My family and I spent over 6 hours at the California Academy of Science and still didn’t see everything it had to offer! My 8 and 9 year old kids especially enjoyed the rainforest with all it’s wonderful reptiles, insects, and butterflies all around us. I especially enjoyed the Natural Sciences exhibit, as well as the evolutionary skeletal displays. We need an additional day to experience it all!
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Probably best for families with kids
Amanda_B, Apr 2022
California Academy of Sciences General Admission Ticket
This was fun, probably more geared toward families with kids. Best to get there early, before the crowds. The prepaid ticket was helpful.
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Nice visit but I wouldn't say a "must see" of San Francisco
Matthew_K, Apr 2022
California Academy of Sciences General Admission Ticket
The aquatic displays were nice. It was a bit crowded but I think it was because of the time of day we were there.
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Everyone was very...
Kathy_P, Feb 2022
California Academy of Sciences General Admission Ticket
Everyone was very friendly and helpful. Would use them again. Very organized and efficient. And also I would recommend them to others.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Cal Academy is great for kids and makes for a prime family outing in San Francisco.

  • The museum's two restaurants serve food throughout the day.

  • Hop-on hop-off bus tours stop near the museum, providing an easy way to get out to the site's location in Golden Gate Park, which is about five miles (8 km) from downtown.

  • Entry is included with the San Francisco CITYPass.

  • While you're in Golden Gate Park, take some time to visit other top attractions such as Stow Lake or the Japanese Tea Garden.

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How to Get There

The California Academy of Sciences is located on the west side of the Golden Gate Park, about 4.5 miles (7.2 km) from Union Square. While set away from central San Francisco, the park is easily accessible via public transportation on the #44 or #5 bus or the N-Judah Muni Metro streetcar. From the Embarcadero, expect about a 30-minute drive by road to the museum or a 40-minute public transit ride.

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When to Get There

The Cal Academy of Science is open daily from 9:30am to 5pm, with an 11am opening on Sunday. Daily programs such as planetarium shows and penguin feedings take place between 10:30am and 4:30pm (check the day's schedule upon arrival).

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NightLife at the Cal Academy of Sciences

Every Thursday night, the academy hosts NightLife, an adults-only even that combines museum entry with themed activities and drinks, often with expert speakers, workshops, and live music or a DJ. The even is suited for adults aged 21 and over only.

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