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Located within Golden Gate Park, the building covers a sprawling 400,000 square foot area. The Academy is home to an Aquarium, Planetarium, Natural History Museum, Rainforest, 40,000 live animals, and more. One of the largest natural history museums in the world, it was completely rebuilt in 2008. It is one of the top kid-friendly places to visit in San Francisco and offers a host of activities, tours and special events that are fun, informative and entertaining for all ages.
The main attractions are the Morrison Planetarium, the Kimball Natural History Museum, Osher Rainforest and the Steinhart Aquarium. A whole day can be spent here exploring the many wonders and that too at the price of one entry ticket for all attractions.
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I think this is now officially my favourite museum in the world. It's a bit steep at almost $40 but well worth it. Their living roof is a really cool concept and you can really feel the museum and their staff's passion for nature conservation. You can spend hours and hours here, great for kids as well. Their live animal exhibits were great. I honestly wouldn't recommend going to the planetarium unless you want to take a nap, it put us right out
The planetarium requires you to get tickets before the shows, they're free, but you have to get them first. They should tell you that when you walk in the front door. We went to do that part later in the day, waited in line for 20 minutes, only to be turned away when we got to the front of the line and asked for our tickets! We didn't see that experience. The living roof is a neat idea, but smells of fried food from the kitchen. Everything else was neat. Arguably as good of aquarium as Monterey Bay. You can park your car for free on the street for 4 hours, which is about how long it takes to see everything, but we were there 4.5 hours. Garage parking is for about $5/hour or $28 for 24 hours. We parked in the garage unaware of the street parking situation. The parking garage was right underneath the Academy, whereas if you park on the street you will likely have to walk some distance. Admission was steep, but sustaining independent habitats is not cheap. My kids enjoyed it, but I wouldn't mind going through it more thoroughly with my wife. There was also lots of places to sit, which I liked since my wife is pregnant and I have lower back issues. We were able to bring food and drink in. There was a restaurant or cafe that we did not purchase from. All in all, a nice day trip, April 10, 2017
This is a great place to visit, especially with kids. The price for non-residents felt a bit high, but not excessively so, and you can get discounts for being a resident, or a student, or for getting a package deal with some of the other places in San Francisco like the Aquarium by the Bay. We expected the aquarium in the basement to be small, but it seemed to keep going for quite a while with lots of interesting information and animals to see. There was a tidal touch tank, and there are daily diver shows for kids in one of the big tanks. The rainforest display has good information, and there are birds and butterflies flying about free. Keep in mind that you need to get all the way to the top to get out again, but it's a fun walk. We also found the Naturalist Center on the 3rd floor. It's easy to overlook but worth going to find, especially if you have kids with you. There are several hands-on displays, a little library, and some interesting specimen cases that the staff will open for some show and tell if you ask about them.
I thought the overall space was a bit small and it had a slight feel of "cram as many exhibits as possible" about it. Every animal enclosure seemed on the small side but they did have about 200 different ones. It also was very crowded for a Wednesday 11:00. The place was flooded with children. I would not classify this as a peaceful quiet establishment as you will spend your entire time fighting through children to see each animal enclosure. With all that being said they have a ton of content and it all is pretty interesting. If you don't mind many many children I would recommend going here.
WOW, this place is cool. A great place for a date, or day out with kids. There are so many neat things to see here. The nightlife hours are pretty cool too, I thought it was kind of weird that there were DJs there, but nothing got in the way of the exhibits, so that was fine. Highly recommended!