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California Academy of Sciences
Opened in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco , California in September 2008, this mind blowing museum (one of the 10 largest natural history museums in the world) is the only place on this planet that with an aquarium, a planetarium, a natural history museum and a 4 level rainforest exist- all under one roof!
Awarded the U.S. Green Building Councils highest mark of
sustainability, the LEED Platinum ranking. The Academy is green on many levels: it’s
insulated by nontoxic, second-hand blue jeans; it’s topped off with a 2.5-acre
“living roof” stocked with 1.7 million native California species (which will
absorb about 2 million gallons of rainwater annually); its pair of celebrity
chef-led restaurants feature organic produce and local seafood; its glorious
glass piazza uses an automated ventilation system to let in cool breezes from
the park and refresh the building; it’s set to consume 30 percent less energy
than required by federal codes; and its 60,000 photovoltaic cells will use solar
power to produce between 5 and 10 percent of the museum's energy needs.
Whatever your interests, the new Academy is designed to engage and inspire like no other museum on earth. Not only is the building itself a stunning architectural achievement but the new Academy contains multiple venues, hundreds of unique exhibits and nearly 40,000 live animals.
Slip on a pair of 3D glasses and check out Bugs3D! shot on location in the tropical forests of Borneo. Meet Claude the Albino Alligator and hang out with Pierre, Howard, Ocio and the rest of the South African Penguin colony.
You'll love the latest amazing digital planetarium show "Journey to the Stars" narrated by actrress 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 per day)
Designed by award winning architect Renzo Piano, the Academy 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.
California Academy of Sciences General Admission
Enjoy a day of discovery at the California Academy of
Please Note: This ticket is for general admission only – it does not include
Prices from £18.00 per person £11.00 per child (4 - 11 years)
Platinum Behind the Scenes Tour
Daily Tour Times: 10am, 11am, 1pm,
No tours scheduled on Wachovia Free Wednesday (3rd Wednesday of every
Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas Day.
The Academy is located at 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, San
Francisco, CA 94118.
Prices from £72.00 per person (No child reductions)
Nightlife at the Museum!
The hottest event on the
social calendar - come find out what everyone’s talking about! A visit to the California Academy of
Sciences doesn't have to end just because the sun goes down – it’s when the
real fun begins!
Here’s your opportunity
to experience a whole new side of the Academy at NightLife, every Thursday
night from 6:00pm to 10:00pm See it transform into a lively venue filled with music &
mingling, provocative science, special activities and cocktails to create a uniquely sophisticated evening for visitors aged 21 and over.
Groove to San Francisco's hippest DJ's and
performers, explore all of the Academy's exhibits and shows, meet locals and
visitors from around the world all while sipping your favorite cocktail.
tickets are available in advance, be warned they do sell out, this is
considered one of THE places to go in 'Frisco in the evening. Why not
purchase your Nightlife VIP tickets in advance through Bon Voyage
Prices from £42.00 per person
Express entry into the building
An open bar in a reserved cocktail area prior to the tour
A one-hour behind the scenes tour with a private viewing of some of the
Academy's renowned gem and mineral collection, and interaction with
Academy researchers in the lab
VIP access to the four storey Rainforest of the World exhibit
A reserved Planatarium pass for 2030 at the Planetarium show.
Parking at the California Academy of Sciences Public
transport is the best way to travel to the California Academy of Sciences which
is located in Golden Gate Park. Garage and street parking in Golden Gate Park is
extremely limited, however the Concourse Parking Facility on Fulton St and 8th
Avenue is open 7 days a week.
Accessibility The California Academy of Sciences new
building has been built with excellent facilities for less able-bodied visitors
and guests in wheelchairs. There are 15 wheelchair accessible parking slots
close to the lift in the Music Concourse Parking Facility. The lift leads
directly to the Academy's front entrance.