Why We Love This Tour

“Anytime I bring new friends to San Francisco, I always take them here. I love how it’s several museums rolled into one! The digital planetarium is one of the most advanced in the world, and when you’re done watching the show, you’re only a few feet away from this amazing aquarium AND an indoor rainforest. I learn something new every time I go in there!”

– Lauren Chouinard
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Tour Highlights

  • 1 full day exploring the Academy of Sciences
  • Natural history museum
  • World’s deepest coral reef exhibit
  • Four story indoor rainforest exhibit
  • Planetarium
  • Living roof
  • …and much, MUCH more!
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Retail Price: $49.95 adult/$39.95 child*

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Front Lobby of the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park
Get ready for Science!

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Walk through a multi-tiered rainforest and see birds, butterflies, and fish!

The Academy of Sciences is located in Golden Gate Park

The California Academy of Sciences is located in Golden Gate Park

Coral reef at the Academy of Sciences

Explore the Aquarium and see the Coral Reef tank

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Meet Claude, the albino Alligator, who lives in the Swamp Exhibit

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Overview

About the California Academy of Sciences

The California Academy of Sciences is home to an aquarium, natural history museum, planetarium, and world-class research and education programs, all under one living roof. Exhibits include a four-story living rainforest, live coral reef, state-of-the-art planetarium show, exhibits on earthquakes and evolution, thousands of live animals, and interactive activities for all ages.

Come nose-to-beak with penguins and parrots, watch sharks and sting rays cruise beneath your feet, and feel the spray of the California coast. Fly through space and time and gain a new perspective on the planet we call home, take a virtual safari in African Hall, or climb into the canopy of a living rainforest. Face your fears—and an albino alligator—inside the Swamp, and meet scientists as they return from research expeditions around the world. From the depths of a Philippine coral reef to the outer reaches of the Universe, it’s all inside the California Academy of Sciences.

Exhibits

Tusher African Hall

Chameleons, cichlids, a monitor lizard and penguins bring African Hall to life. Our most famous residents here are the colony of 20 African penguins. Their home is modeled after Boulders Beach in South Africa, a location where these penguins are found in the wild.

Steinhart Aquarium

Animal Attraction explores some of the wildest courtship and mating strategies in the animal kingdom. In 18 beautiful tanks, the exhibit will explore the concept that nothing in life is more important than reproductive success. The 100,000-gallon Northern California Coast tank replicates the habitats of the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary.

Kimball Natural History Museum

The exhibits of the Kimball Natural History Museum address two of the most significant and closely-intertwined scientific issues of our time: The evolution of life on Earth and the maintenance of life on Earth.

Morrison Planetarium

Morrison Planetarium is the largest all-digital planetarium in the world. State-of-the-art projector and software technologies allow the planetarium to produce the most accurate and interactive digital Universe ever created.

Philippine Coral Reef

At a depth of 25 feet and holding 212,000 gallons of water, the Philippine Coral Reef is one of the deepest exhibits of live corals in the world. It houses a broad range of aquatic life from the coral reefs and mangroves of the Philippines, one of the most diverse reef systems in the world.

Rainforests of the World

The Academy Rainforest is teeming with live animals — including free-flying birds and butterflies, exotic reptiles and amphibians, and a cave with bats. Climb through the layers of the rainforest and descend into a 100,000 gallon “Flooded Forest” tank, where freshwater fish cruise overhead.

Swamp

A returning favorite from the original Steinhart Aquarium, the Swamp contains Claude (an albino American alligator), and several alligator snapping turtles.

…and MORE

Tour Details

California Academy of Sciences

Hours: Daily from 9:30am – 5:00pm, Sunday 11:00am – 5:00pm

Transportation: Accessible by public transportation, hop on hop off tour bus, or private car

Includes:

  • Access to all current exhibits
  • Rotating seasonal exhibits
  • PLUS coupons for free souvenirs and special extras

Not included:

  • Transportation
  • Nightlife
  • Behind the Scenes tour
  • Special lectures or programs

 

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Can’t Miss

A great experience for the whole family. You can’t miss the rainforest and the aquarium. Educational and fun.

– Elaine Visited 2013 California Academy of Sciences

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Definitely worth Visiting – More than Once

The Academy of Sciences is a treat not to be missed. It is a wonderful way to explore and understand our world. From hands on experiences, to informative talks, to feeding of the penguins, going from unbelievably small to so far out among the stars in the planetarium, and finding out how tall giraffes really are, all so wonderfully amazing. Definitely worth visiting (more than once) by everyone.

– John H. Visited 2013 California Academy of Sciences

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