Looking for a day filled with all things science? The California Academy of Sciences is a definite must do on your adventure to San Francisco. Conveniently located in Golden Gate Park, the California Academy of Sciences is easily accessible by public transportation.
Open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM and Sunday from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM, the museum has something for everyone. The academy is home to a planetarium, aquarium, and natural history museum, all under one living roof. The museum was founded in 1853 and the team opened their new building in 2008.
Steinhart Aquarium is home to over 40,000 live animals. There are African Penguins, tropical fish, and a rain forest! Find yourself missing the penguin exhibit while you are home? Download the Pocket Penguins app and you can live stream the penguin exhibit wherever you are in the world 24/7. When you explore the rain forest, walk the ramp up four stories and it’s just like exploring a real rain forest ecosystem. You’ll start out on the forest floor and as you climb eventually end up at the canopy. A definite must do.
The Morrison Planetarium is one of the world’s largest all digital planetariums. The dome allows the team to create immersive planetarium shows, the museum has created six original shows. Their newest show, Expedition Reef, explores the coral reef environment and what lives in a coral reef and how they can be threatened. Planetarium show tickets are included in admission and passes can be reserved at the planetarium pick up desk across from the planetarium entrance.
Last but certainly not least is the Kimball Natural History Museum. With so many exhibits, it’s hard to know where to start. Speaking to it’s mission, to explore, explain and sustain life, the natural history museum helps to educate visitors on the importance of evolution and diversity. In this exhibit, visitors can learn about the importance of color in the wild, gems and minerals, Northern California’s mammals, earthquakes, fog and trees, and the naturalist center, which is all hands on.
The museum also has daily dive shows & penguin feeding shows throughout the day. The museum also has a living roof with native California plants. The roof is accessible to all visitors by elevator. There is an observation deck on the roof that gives viewers a great view of San Francisco.
While the museum does close at 5:00 PM, on Thursday night’s adults 21 and over can come back to the museum at 6:00 PM for their Nightlife series. Each Thursday night, a science topic is covered. Think the human body, space, animal species, etc. The 21 and over event gives visitors the chance to enjoy live music and DJ’s, food, and of course, cocktails. You’ll get access to the entire museum and be able to explore at your leisure. The event lasts from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM, every Thursday.
There is a ton of other things to do in Golden Gate Park as well. Through 365 Tickets, you can combine your ticket to the California Academy for Science with others attractions within or nearby the park. Love art? Combine your academy ticket with a ticket to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Looking to sightsee? We also have combination tickets to a Golden Gate Bay Cruise. Wax museums are my personal favorite, so I combined my ticket with a ticket to Madame Tussauds. Before you leave the academy, make sure you get that important selfie with the giant TRex in the lobby! To get tickets and more info, head to 365 Tickets USA.