California Academy of Sciences

In San Francisco

The California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco is a great place to explore and adventure with your inner scientist!

Located at Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse. Hours are Monday through Saturday 9:30 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

There is an aquarium, planetarium, rainforest, and living museum all wrapped into one location!

The Living Roof

  • A 197,000 square-foot rooftop!
  • Native plant species.
  • The Living Roof Dips and Slopes.
  • 50,000 porous, biodegradable trays made from tree sap and coconut husks as containers for the vegetation.
  • These trays act as tiles that allow the roots to grow, interlock and bind.
  • The skylights above the larger domes open and close throughout the day to provide natural lighting.
  • The Living Roof is equipped with weather stations to monitor wind, rain and changes in temperature to assist the ventilation systems.
  • Check Out the Open Air Observation Terrace!

Morrison Planetarium

  • The largest all-digital dome in the world.
  • Showing:  Earthquake: Evidence of a Restless Planet. Earthquake explores the forces that transform the surface of our planet. The audience is transported to San Francisco’s 1906 earthquake.

Nothing Better than Learning About Earthquakes in the Planetarium while in San Fran!

Rainforests of the World

Loved this Exhibit!

  • A living 4-story rainforest.
  • Contained within a 90-foot glass dome.
  • No stairs just follow the spiraling path up and take the elevator back down.
  • 1,600 live animals and 250 free flying birds and butterflies and 100 reptiles and amphibians.
  • Living plants and trees too, like the West Indies mahogany, the Theobrama cacao plant (chocolate anyone), orchids, and bromeliads.
  • Great experience to walk through a real rainforest! Experience Borneo, Madagascar, Costa Rica and the Amazon!
  • You will experience 80 degree temperatures and about 75% humidity in the dome.


Total Creep Factor – Not Behind Glass – Freaking Out!!!

Before You Leave the Dome You Have to Check for Any Creatures On You. So Not Taking Spidey With Me!

Kimball Natural History Museum

  • The T-Rex greets you upon arrival.
  • Take a virtual safari through Africa.
  • There are living things here too, like the colony of African Penguins!

Steinhart Aquarium

  • 38,000 living animals from around the world; more than 900 separate species too!
  • African penguins, sharks and stingrays.
  • Check Out the Animal Attraction exhibit to learn about animal attraction as well as the birds and the bees.
  • There is the Philippine Coral Reef; deepest exhibit of live corals in the world
  • There is the Northern California Coast tank; watch the tidepools, smell the seawater, listen to the waves.
  • The giant sea bass is HUGE and the giant Pacific octopus was in HIDING!
  • Check out the Swamp and Claude the albino American alligator.

(Photos by RSheridan)


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