The California Academy of Sciences has been exploring, explaining and protecting the natural world since 1853.
It is much more than a spectacular new museum. It’s a leading edge research and educational institution.
Nearly 10 years and $500 million dollars in the making, it’s finally here. The new Academy is a masterpiece in sustainable architecture, blends seamlessly into the park’s natural setting, and is filled with hundreds of innovative exhibits and thousands of extraordinary plants and animals.
The new Academy is a single structure but contains multiple venues, including the aquarium, the planetarium, the natural history museum and the 4-story rainforest. In addition, there’s a new 3D theater, a lecture hall, a Naturalist Center, two restaurants, an adjacent garden and aviary, a roof terrace, and an Academy store.
The new building also houses the Academy science labs and administrative offices, including an extensive library and scientific archive consisting of more than 20 million specimens.
Avoid the lines at the door by purchasing tickets online. You can print at home or pick up your tickets at a kiosk.
For those looking for a deal, you don’t have to purchase tickets at all! The Academy offers free admission to the public on numerous days throughout the year.
This is a “must see” attraction!
55 Music Concourse Dr.
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco Ca 94118
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