The California Academy of Sciences is a museum with more than 150 years of history, created with the intention to explore, explain and protect the natural world.
It is a very complete museum having a planetarium, a natural history museum and an aquarium.
The academy suffered some mishaps in the past when the earthquake of 1906 practically destroyed the entire museum and it had to be rebuilt. In 1916 it was moved to the building in which it is now located, in the heart of the Golden Gate Park, just across from the de Young Museum.
Children and adults will be enchanted by this natural history museum. The exhibitions are very interesting, above all the rain forest area that is perfectly recreated.
You could say that the aquarium at the Academy of Sciences is significantly better than the Aquarium of the Bay, although the second has a longer history.
55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park.
Monday - Saturday: 9.30am to 5pm.
Sunday: 11am to 5pm.
Senior (ages 65 and over): $24.95.
Youth (ages 12-17): $24.95.
Child (ages 4-11): $19.95.
Ages 3 and under: Free.
Bus: lines 5 and 44.
Muni Metro: N-Judah (stops at 9th Avenue).