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California Academy of Sciences

Three museums in one in San Francisco' s Golden Gate Park.

A planetarium, an aquarium, and a natural history museum, all wrapped in one: the California Academy of Sciences, located in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, is a great place to learn and enjoy the natural sciences.

The architecture of the new building was designed by Renzo Piano, partly due to a seismic upgrade. Inside the museum there are two giant globes, one housing a rain forest and the other a planetarium. In the basement floor there is an aquarium, and on street level there is a natural history museum. You might be able to spot an albino alligator, a giant sea bass, and a colony of penguins living on site next to a working research facility!

Outside the museum are sculpture works by Maya Lin, and up on the roof is a garden, the so-called “Living Roof” because of its propensity to grow plants for local fauna. The museum itself is one of the best examples of sustainable and environmentally-friendly architecture, earning Platinum LEED status because it can run on little energy.

Visiting the museum is easy — it’s getting the tickets to get in that’s hard!

written by migueld


  1. tttheresa


    I love the Academy of Sciences :) Great photos

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  2. halfawakehaiku


    nice entries today:)
    looks and sonds like an awesome place

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  3. d_i_hunter


    That looks like cool place. What on earth is going on in number 7?!

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  4. eyecon


    # 7 looks like a Hobbit home..... :)

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  5. stouf


    Yeah ! Excellent lomolocation !

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  6. tttheresa


    #7 is a living roof! It's quite incredible

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  7. jblaze823


    Can't wait to see someday

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