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California Academy of Sciences
The World’s only aquarium-planetarium-rainforest-living museum. Come face to face with penguins and piranhas, climb into the canopy of a four-story rainforest, and stop and smell the wildflowers on a 2.5-acre living roof. From the depths of a Philippine coral reef to the outer reaches of the Universe, it’s all inside the California Academy of Sciences.
General admission to all exhibits including the aquarium, rainforest, planetarium, natural history museum, and living roof.
Golden Gate Park
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
- Steinhart Aquarium hosts 38,000 live animals from around the world.
- A symphony of croaking frogs and chirping birds await you inside a living 4-story rainforest.
- CityPASS includes a planetarium show on the largest all-digital dome in the world.
- Animal Attraction explores the wildest animal courtship and mating strategies.
- Human Odyssey interactively documents the evolution of Homo sapiens and features skull casts of three early human species, as well as a full-scale reproduction of the famous Lucy skeleton.
Present CityPASS booklet at the regular admission gate to skip the main ticket line. Exchange voucher for a CityPASS booklet at the main ticket office, then proceed to the regular admission line.
Special Exhibits Included with CityPASS
Open through January 31, 2017
Don’t miss Earthquake, a major new exhibit and planetarium show exploring the seismic science that has shaped Earth’s evolution and continues to impact our lives today.
Open through November 30, 2014
Every skull tells a story, revealing how vertebrate animals live, die, and ultimately, evolve. In this awe-inspiring new exhibit, walk along a wallscape of sea lion skulls, watch a live colony of dermestid beetles demonstrate their "bone cleaner" skills, and learn how scientists use the Academy’s vast collection of skulls to uncover clues about life on Earth.
Upgrades for CityPASS Holders
Premium Tour: Available to CityPASS holders on day of visit for an additional upgrade cost (subject to availability).
NightLife: Every Thursday night, music, creatures and cocktails come together for NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences. Each week features a live band or DJ, and a unique theme – from salsa dancing to sustainable seafood and beyond. For ages 21+. Cost: $12.
Advice for Visitors
- Weekdays are less crowded than weekends.
- Upon arrival, stop first at the Planetarium entrance kiosk to secure a show time.
- The Academy is free to everyone on selected Sundays throughout the year: June 2, 2013; September 29, 2013; and December 8, 2013. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis, and early arrival is recommended due to the likelihood of high demand.
- The free Academy Insider iPhone App is a great way to enhance and plan for your visit; details and download.
- Get 15% off at the Academy Store; see coupon in booklet for details.
Parking: Music Concourse Parking Facility; includes 15 wheelchair-accessible spots.
Dining: Academy Café, The Moss Room
Accessibility: Wheelchairs and assistive listening devices upon request. Audio tours available for blind or partially sighted visitors. Service animals allowed.
Gift Shop: Academy Store, Lab Jr.
Coat Check: In front lobby
MUNI Bus lines: The 44 bus line stops in front. Line 5 stops adjacent to the park.
N-Judah Streetcar: Stops at 9th Avenue, a five-minute walk to the Academy.
Groups of 10 or more: Call (415) 379-5211.
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