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California Academy of Sciences

The California Academy of Sciences houses the Steinhart Aquarium, a planetarium, and a natural history museum.


  • Monday–Saturday, 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
    Sunday, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm


Based in Golden Gate Park, the California Academy of Sciences is a destination like no other and a must-see San Francisco museum. It’s the only place on Earth to house an aquarium, planetarium, and natural history museum—all under one living roof.

From the splashing penguins in African Hall to the wildflowers on the roof, the building is bursting with life. A four-story living rainforest and awe-inspiring coral reef ecosystem showcase Earth’s biodiversity, while immersive planetarium shows offer a new perspective on the planet we call home.