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Discover the Wonders of the California Academy of Sciences

Nestled in the verdant expanse of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, the California Academy of Sciences stands as a beacon of learning, discovery, and environmental stewardship. This unique institution is not just an aquarium, planetarium, rainforest, and natural history museum rolled into one; it’s also a hub for world-changing science and sustainability efforts. Here, life-changing moments await visitors of all ages, making it a must-visit destination in the heart of one of America’s most iconic cities.


The California Academy of Sciences has a storied history dating back to 1853, making it one of the oldest scientific institutions in the Western United States. Throughout its existence, the Academy has been dedicated to the study and conservation of natural sciences. It has survived earthquakes and fires, each time rebuilding and emerging stronger, culminating in the opening of its state-of-the-art, green building in Golden Gate Park in 2008. This architectural marvel was designed by Renzo Piano, a Pritzker Prize-winning architect, and is a testament to the Academy’s commitment to sustainability and environmental responsibility.


The California Academy of Sciences today is a vibrant testament to the power of public engagement in science. It houses over 46 million specimens, making it one of the largest natural history museums in the world. Visitors can explore the depths of a Philippine coral reef in the Steinhart Aquarium, journey through the cosmos in the Morrison Planetarium, wander amidst free-flying butterflies and exotic flora in the Osher Rainforest, and come face to face with ancient fossils in the Kimball Natural History Museum.

Did you know?

      1. The Academy’s living roof, covered with native plants, not only prevents millions of gallons of rainwater from becoming runoff but also provides habitat for local wildlife, including bees and birds.
      2. The institution is home to nearly 40,000 live animals, ranging from African penguins to Amazonian piranhas.
      3. The Academy’s scientists describe an average of 100 new species each year, contributing to global knowledge and conservation efforts.

Not to be Missed

Steinhart Aquarium: One of the most biodiverse and interactive aquariums in the world, it offers visitors a chance to explore aquatic life from around the globe.

Morrison Planetarium: Featuring one of the largest all-digital domes in the world, the planetarium provides breathtaking journeys through space and time.

Osher Rainforest: A four-story living rainforest that’s home to free-flying birds and butterflies, exotic reptiles, and amphibians.

Living Roof: An architectural marvel that offers panoramic views of Golden Gate Park and beyond, while also serving as a research area for scientists.

Location and Information

Address: 55 Music Concourse Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118


Visiting the California Academy of Sciences offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the wonders of the natural world. Whether you’re exploring the mysteries of the deep blue sea, traversing through lush rainforests, gazing at the stars, or marveling at the diversity of life on Earth, the Academy provides an unparalleled educational experience. It’s a place where curiosity is kindled, discoveries are made, and the future of our planet is shaped.

As a powerful voice for biodiversity research, environmental education, and sustainability, the California Academy of Sciences is more than just a museum; it’s a gateway to understanding our world and our place within it. A visit here is not just about seeing; it’s about participating in a global conversation on conservation and the future of our planet.

Info provided by SF Rec and Park Department

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