Just a year after the reopening of the fantastic DeYoung Museum in Golden Gate Park, the Academy of Sciences also reopens, indicating clearly that San Francisco is flush with money of museum construction. I recall with fondness visiting the Morrison Planetarium, Steinhardt Aquarium, the pendulum, and natural history museum--all inside the Academy of Sciences building-- since the earliest days of my childhood. So, I was excited to see new investment and expansion of the science exhibits to include educational experiences about rainforest habitats, global warming, and California's endangered environment. Although my first visit was on a very busy Memorial Day weekend, the organization of the huge crowd was very smartly managed by the Academy staff. The pendulum was apparently improved in it's swinging accuracy, but seems smaller than I recall in the past. The cafeteria remains centered in the building, but everything is oriented around teaching recycling, biodegradeabiliity, sustainability, and so on. It's a class act.
please don't go to fisherman's wharf. it's a tourist trap and has absolutely NOTHING to do with san francisco. yes, look at VT'ers tips of things to do. dolores park is great, the science museum in golden gate park, the de young, haight street... they're countless. i wouldn't waste time on fisherman's wharf. chinatown is a great suggestion! great food, great deals on endless things you don't need haha! of course, you have to see the bridge. it's quite magnificent, glorious and totally walkable! great views of s.f. from there!
what is also great is the mission district. for a few young women, you will have a blast! bars galore!
This popular Bay Area attraction houses a natural history museum, planetarium, aquarium, and rainforest dome. It is also home to a world-class research institution with over 25 million specimens in its collections.
This place is ideal for children. The problem is that it is so crowded that you can hardly enjoy any of the exhibits. The planetarium was very good though and we also liked the rainforest (although we hardly saw some butterflies) and the aquarium. It doesn’t really take too much time to see everything here so we felt disappointed considering the expensive ticket. The place seems kind of cold but I guess it because they wanted large airy rooms.
Avoid it in high season when there are long lines. If you have kids they will love penguins for sure or the albino alligator. Watch out at the gift shop though because the kids will ask you to buy them one from the merchandise :)
The museum is open daily 09.30-17.00 (Sundays from 11.00). The entrance fee is $24.95 but free with SF CityPass. The restaurant of the museum is better to avoided, very expensive and bad quality.
Just re-opened in 2008, this new building, designed by Renzo Piano, has a living roof( 1.7 million native plants have been planted on the 2.5 acre roof) , solar panels, and floor-to-ceiling windows to look at the art museum across the way. Lots of interactive exhibits containing multiple venues, including the aquarium, the planetarium, the natural history museum and the 4-story rainforest.
Plan on spending the whole day. And if you take public transportation to get there you get a $3 discount off the admission price!
Senior (ages 65 and over) $19.95
Youth (ages 12-17) $19.95
Child (ages 7-11) $14.95
Ages 6 and under FREE
CALIFORNIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF SAN FRANCISCO
SEE FISH,REPTILES,A Rainforest, go to THE LIVING ROOF THERE IS ALSO A PLANETARIUM AND A 3D THEATER AND A AQUARIUM. check out there website for more at WWW.CALACADEMY.ORG
This is the ONE sour note related to the City Pass. They refused to honor it, saying they had a special exhibition this month so there would be an additional $10 fee. (I'll be reporting that to the BBB.) Anyhow, we told 'em to forget it: we'd go across the courtyard to the California Academy of Sciences. That didn't keep us from enjoying the sculptures outside though.
The Academy of Science just opened this year (2008) and is well worth the $26 entry fee. It rivals Monterrey Bay aquarium, with gigantic sea water tanks of fish, shark, starfish, eel, octopi, jellyfish, coral and more. You get to see underwater life, from shallow to deep, and there are interactive kiosks that will satisfy the kid in you. Such a brilliant design, the building itself is green, sustainable, maintaining its own temperature through the paneled roof. This wonder is a must-see if you visit SF.
Part Science museum, part zoo and aquarium. This new museum has a very unique concept focusing in on Life sciences.