Situated in lovely Golden Gate Park, this is an amazing museum with an aquarium, planetarium and rainforest all in one building. Kids love the penguin feedings! The skip-the-line entry will save you lots of time, especially if you're going during peak season.
Really amazing -- so many different things to see and do. The shake shack as my daughter calls it was the best because it gave you a real feel for the earthquake pun intended. My husband's favorite was the biosphere and mine was the planetarium!!
Excellent museum. Something for everyone. The restaurant has excellent food: best clam chowder we had in San Francisco.
The Academy of Sciences is awesome and a great place to take kids. Plan to spend a good part of the day here!
Have done this tour twice and never tire of it. Very enlightening, educational and just just a fabulous time!
We spent HOURS here and never ran out of interesting things to see, experience, and learn about. Highly recommend this. My daughter and I both loved it. :
Lots and lots to see here. Better than most similar museums/aquariums because of the wide variety of exhibits to see and how things are displayed. For example, you can see a 20 foot aquarium from the usual underwater level as well as from above water. Cafe was reasonably priced and surprisingly efficient. It wasn't super busy when we went mid-week during summer and there wasn't much line to buy tickets or get in, so the skip the line wasn't critical. E-ticket worked without a hitch.
Highly informative and educational. Great for kids and adults! Could easily spend a whole day here.
This was my first visit to the Academy of Science despite being a Bay Area native for 25 years. The reason I bought the ticket was because of the T-Rex just inside the lobby and I had realized that I've never seen a dinosaur fossil in person before. I was also very interested in visiting the rainforest exhibit and didn't look too much into it beyond that. My fiance and I were treated to a wonderfully warm experience with dozens of birds and butterflies and all manner of non-native plant life. On top of that, we were treated to an Aquarium that was so much better than Pier 39s. I didn't even know it was there until we took the elevator down! The species in this place are MASSIVE. Your jaw will drop with awe when you see these sea creature who must be hundreds and hundreds of years old. It is almost as if you are taking a step back in time. And the interactive panels for all of the displays was a very nice touch.
Unfortunately we did not get to visit the planetarium this time. That is a top priority for our next visit. We will definitely be back.
This place is wonderful for families with young children and want educational and fun avtivities. Our kids enjoyed it very much.
Loved the aquarium and rain forest the most!! Wish the hands on touching of the tide pool critters was open later than 4:00.
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