California Academy of Science

California Academy of Science had a huge re-opening on September 27th, 2008. So there was a big crowd that day. I’m actaully thinking of going when there is less of a crowd. Gives me a better chance to really absorb the place and I really don’t like going to museums when it’s too crowded. But of course, people watching is also the fun part too.

So if anyone is interested in visiting soon, here are the details:

55 Music Concourse Drive
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 379-8000

Photo credit: California Academy of Science (Opening Day) via flickr. Notice the green roof, it’s suppose to have plants that are native to the area and helps with the green design of the building. Very cool!

General Admission
Adult $24.95
Senior (ages 65 and over) $19.99
Youth (ages12-17) $19.95
Child (ages 7-11) $14.95
Ages 6 and under FREE

Visit Free of Charge

There are numerous opportunities to visit the Academy free of charge, including:

  • Wachovia Wednesdays: Third Wednesday of every month.
  • Neighborhood Free Days: Open weekends for SF residents in each zip code.

And I can’t really say or describe it any better, so here is some highligths of CAS from their website:

“The California Academy of Sciences is a multifaceted scientific institution committed to leading-edge research, to educational outreach, and to finding new and innovative ways to engage and inspire the public.

The new Academy will not only be a museum for the 21st century and an icon for green building technology but a leading voice in the global effort to preserve natural habitats, prevent the loss of species and protect essential natural resources.

Eighty skylights in the roof, supplemented with metal halide lights, enable the growth of lush, tropical plants found in various rainforests around the world.

Living plants include numerous trees – such as the Brazilian beautyleaf and West Indies mahogany, dozens of shrubs – including Theobrama cacao, the plant from which chocolate is made, and hundreds of flowering plants – from begonias and philodendrons to orchids and bromeliads.”


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