California Academy of Sciences

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Named by Conde Nast Traveler one of the ‘New Wonders of the World’, the California Academy of Sciences is the only place on the planet to combine a natural history museum, aquarium, planetarium and world-class research facility. This amazing living building features a rainforest, coral reef and includes a 2.5-acre living roof of native California flora and fauna.

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Explore the depths of a Philippine coral reef, climb into the canopy of a Costa Rican rainforest and fly to the outer reaches of the Universe at the amazing California Academy of Sciences.

Stroll through the rainforest dome with its free flying birds and butterflies and become immersed in the rainforests of Borneo, Madagascar, Costa Rica and the flooded Amazon. Discover Borneo bats, chameleons, poison dart frogs, leaf cutter ants, gliders, snakes and so much more.

Don’t miss the latest amazing digital planetarium show ‘Journey to the Stars’ narrated by actress and activist Whoopi Goldberg who takes you on a journey through time and space to experience the dramatic lives and deaths of stars, witness brilliant supernova explosions, dive into the heart of the fiery sun and watch it transform into a giant red ball five billion years in the future (7-10 times a day).

Rocket through the galaxy at the speed of light and journey deep into the Oceans of the World as the Academy boldly brings ‘life to life’. Come face to face with snakes and piranhas, meet Claude the Albino Alligator and hang out with Pierre, Howard, Ocio and the rest of the South African Penguin colony.

Designed by award winning architect Renzo Piano, the museum will inspire lifelong curiosity for the natural world as you experience the depths of a Philippine coral reef, climb into the canopy of a Costa Rican rainforest and fly to the outer reaches of the Universe.


The California Academy of Sciences is located in in Golden Gate Park.

Opening Times:

The California Academy of Sciences is open daily. Doors open 9.30am–5.00pm Monday to Saturday and 11.00am-5.00pm on Sundays.


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