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Science Museum

California Academy of Sciences

454 locals recommend · Estimated price 3 out of 4 ·
Why locals recommend it
Every Thursday, the museum stays open late for NightLife, which is an awesome way to see the place without swarms of kids running around. Sip on cocktails while gazing at jellyfish, an albino alligator, and other creatures in the aquarium. Arrive early to score planetarium tickets, and don’t miss the rainforest housed inside a 90-foot glass dome. Don’t be afraid to wear fancy threads to this. Check the website for that week’s theme, because the museum goes all out with decor and drinks to match.
Mustafa
Mustafa
January 27, 2017

Tips from locals

Alberto
Alberto
April 4, 2021
What do you get when you put an aquarium, planetarium, rainforest and natural history museum in the heart of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park?
Paul
Paul
October 15, 2020
The world’s only aquarium-planetarium-rainforest-living museum. 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 to Mars (and beyond the Milky Way!) from the safety of your planetarium seat, take a…
Lorraine
Lorraine
September 28, 2020
Science and Natural History Museum with Aquarium and Planetarium. It is a favorite for adults and children. Cafe & shop. In Golden Gate Park, 15 minute walk.
Jason
Jason
December 20, 2020
Science is cool but what about watching gigantic fish flying over your head with a cocktail in hand and DJ in the background? How about in a tropical forest with butterflies landing on your shoulder? Every Thursday night California Academy of Sciences opens up for adults for a night party. Great for…
Crissy
Crissy
October 27, 2020
Spend at least a half day checking out the aquarium, planetarium, rainforest and 2.5 acre green roof. Great views of the city from the roof top.

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Location
55 Music Concourse Dr
San Francisco, CA 94118
Phone+1 415-379-8000
Credit cards
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Wifi
Free
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