California Academy of Sciences Behind-the-Scenes Tour - Reviews

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Linda L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2018

Our guide for the behind-the-scenes tour of the California Academy of Sciences was extraordinary and very passionate about her work and the research work being performed at the Academy.

Jon C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

The aquarium tour was outstanding. We should have spent more than one day here!

Valerie T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

This is absolutely the way to go. Not only do you get a behind the scenes tour, but you also get to skip the line for several attractions inside as well as skipping the line to enter the facility. This is the only way to do the California Academy of Sciences!

Julie M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

An excellent behind the scenes tour. I thoroughly recommend it, the place is awesome. I'll definitely go back next time I'm n the city


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2017

Best tour ever got so much more from the behind the scenes aspect. So much more information, insight, and fun for the whole family.

Ngayan L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2017

I cannot say enough good things about the tour because it did allow us to enter places that most people weren't allowed to and we were shown things that were not commonly seen in public. It was interesting, informative, fun, and exciting. The pass for the tour also allowed us to get 10 off most everything in the museum including photos, food, and merchandise. Best yet, it allowed us to skip the line for the Rainforest and shows at the Planetarium. It was definitely worth the cost.
The Academy itself is a lot of fun for both grown-ups and kids. The aquarium at the bottom level is most enchanting, and the butterfly garden in the Rainforest is mesmerizing. I definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to take a break doing the usual touristy stuff in San Francisco.

Deborah B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2017

We really enjoyed the behind the scenes tour. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and energetic. It was obvious that she enjoyed talking about her subject! We enjoyed seeing the living roof and hearing how the building is environmentally friendly. All in all, a most enjoyable time. While we did not have children with us, I believe it would be a great adventure for the entire family. It is very kid-friendly. The museum is definitely a recommendation we would make to others.

Joguar3 United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2016

The general public are is very well done and suitable for both adults and children. Plenty of interesting things to see and well laid out. There were several individuals giving presentations to children that captured their attention and mine too!.
And then there was the Behind the Scenes tour. That was the absolutely positively and actually awesome thing to do. You will see the green roof, the research area and where specimens from their research are stored. Actually saw a botanical specimen from Captain Cook's exploration! This portion of the tour I would not recommend for children.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2016

I felt like a kid again! Getting to go behind the scenes was the way to go. You learn so much about what it actually takes to run this place. Hats off to all the employees that keep this place going from day to day! They are the real unsung heroes. My favorite for the day was the planetarium. Second, was the rain forest exhibit. It's definitely a must see if your visiting San Francisco.

Amberley P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

This was great value for money. No queuing and a very interesting and informative tour behind the scenes! The only way to do it with a Skip the line, behind the scenes tour ticket! Thank you

Karen B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2015

Enjoyed the day!! Was delayed from getting the appropriate tickets which required us waiting for approx. 15 minutes because our name was not on their list! Once that was cleared up they requested we wait to speak with a Manager. Were told this happens with Viator your system not communicating with theirs in a timely manner After another 15 minutes, when he arrived, he had no clue as to why they asked us to wait for him! A real time waste not only once but twice. He ended up being our tour guide and did an excellent job! The rest of the day was awesome!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

Very interesting and my son enjoyed it immensely.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2015


James W USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2015

The behind the scenes tour of the aquarium was interesting, informative, and delightful. The tour guide was full of information and the details included in the tour added to the overall experience. What really made the difference was the skip the line feature! We were whisked into the main attractions immediately by the skip the line feature easily savings us hours of waiting for an attraction. We visited on a very busy day, but even on slow days, this feature was worth every penny! BRAVO!!

Brian B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2014

A hidden gem. A great museum and experience


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

The tour itself was fabulous, however somehow I was not signed up for the tour and had to rebook in person when I got there. The staff at the Academy were able to overcome this problem.

pamela g

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2013

Would recommend this touw to all who go to the museums in the San Francisco area. They tell you so much information behind the scenes and you are up close and personal with the workings of the museum.

Geary T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2013

Outstanding adventure.. now addicted to segway tours. tour guide was the best

Judith B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2013

We have been to the Academy before but the "behind scene tour" made it very special. Our grandson and his friend (both 14) voted it the best thing we did.

Karen T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2013

This was great. We really enjoyed the Academy, the skip the lines function, the tour, and the planetarium

Heather T United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2012

This is a great way to have plenty of time at the California academy of Sciences and learn all kinds of things you wouldn't have otherwise. Highly recommended.

AndreP South Africa

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2011

A platinum tour with royal treatment. Great staff, facilities and extremely child friendly. The behind the scenes part of the tour was absolutely amazing. Everyone must see the academy of science at least once in their lives!

Beverly F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2011

Enjoyed the tour from start to finish. Going behind the scenes was a learning experience and respect for the important work being done every day at the CA Academy of Sciences. Our guide was well-informed and attentive. I would highly recommend this tour. The Planetarium Show included with the tour is outstanding.

Deborah H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2011

This is a great experience. We accidentally went on free admissions day and when we got there the line was incredible. It was fabulous to be able to go on the tour (just 2 of us) behind the scenes and to go to the front of lines. Highly recommended.

Keith D L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2011

Another great day out on our holiday.You need a whole day for this one.Platinum tour was worth doing.

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