California Academy of Sciences

4.9 Museum 55 Music Concourse Dr San Francisco

This museum houses an aquarium, planetarium, natural history exhibits, and live animals - all under a living roof. Great museum for kids and adults.

  • Parking — Yes

    Parking garage is available for a fee, or park for free in the park if you don't mind a walk.

  • Good for Play — Yes

    Many interactive exhibits and a dedicated play area for infants and toddlers.

  • Fun for Grownups — Yes

    Adult night every Thursday from 6:00pm to 10:00pm.

  • Changing Tables — Yes

  • Good for Nursing — Yes

  • Indoor Play — Yes

  • Highchairs — Yes


My wife and I love taking our daughter here. Especially when the weather is too poor for the zoo.

Would this be interesting for a 7 month old? He loves to see what’s around him. I don’t remember if everything is more interactive or if he’ll have fun just checking everything out from his stroller?


Could benefit from more unique exhibits


The happiest place on earth for our little 4 y/o. There are crafts and a special hangout place for smaller friends to build and climb. We went so much we became donors and now can cut any line. The cafeteria kinda suuuuuux but there are delicious restaurants like Nopalito just a few blocks away! Right now during the winter there is ice skating!!

Holiday activities are on at the Academy! There's an ice rink, indoor "snow flurries" and hands-on polar exhibit. Tickets for ice skating are $10 for members, $12 for non-members.’tis-the-season-for-science


Often crowded but a lot of fun. Your best bet is to arrive early (members can get an extra morning hour too) and wear everyone out before the museum gets mobbed. The aquarium is a favorite of my boys and they especially love the starfish "petting zoo"! Ask at the information desk about the discovery backpack for kids and get some extra activities to do.


Kids love it here ❤️


This place never gets old. My kid comes a lot with daycare so she was basically MY tour guide today. Haha. You can bring your own lunch but I'd try to get seats at a table by 11-ish before it gets crowded. The rainforest area is hot and humid so strip off those layers first.


His PJs match the pillows 😂 explorers cove is fun. Not crowded at all at 130pm.

I'm thinking of braving the Cal Academy of Sciences today. Am I crazy because every other parent probably has the same idea today and the place will be packed?


A family membership was a great investment for us


Great place, endless entertainment seeing the animals. E loves the kids room in the back and adores the turtle statue there.


This was the first membership we got once we moved here to SF. The lines can be really long, and the tickets for an adult are close to $40! So the membership is really worth the money spent. The member line is always so short too. This place is the perfect rainy/foggy day activity! Equipped with a huge aquarium and a butterfly exhibit, your lo will not get bored for one second.


Explorers Cove is an awesome play area, but can get busy. You might have to wait in line a bit, but worth it. Also great cafe, perfect for lunch or a quick coffee. Lots of kid friendly bites!


Get there early to avoid the crowds!


☔️ This interactive museum is the perfect rainy day spot. Open 7 days a week with a parking garage available.


Becoming a member is a pretty good deal (with most memberships you can bring a guest, and children under 3 are free), but the best part is that members are allowed in an hour before everyone else so you can get in and out on weekends before it gets really crowded.

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