The California Academy
is a rare example of a surviving museum
that is actually still a research institution
as well. This is only one of the reasons why it's cool
- It's located in Golden Gate Park
across from the Asian Art Museum
- It's not one but THREE museums: an aquarium
, a museum of natural science
, and a planetarium
- It's well-designed and appropriate for both adults and kids, as well as for adults WITH kids.
- You get $1 off with your proof of taking public transit
to get there (trust me, you don't want to drive there anyway!)
It has a ton of exhibits at any given time, so wear comfortable shoes
. The subjects of exhibits range wildly, from Japanese folk toys
(seriously!) to venomous creatures
. Permanent and semi-permanent exhibits, such as Quake!
and the incredible roundabout
are also first-rate. The cafeteria
isn't too highly recommended, though: it's a real cafeteria (mostly for workers and researchers) and the burrito
s are about all there is worth eating there. Other than that, though, this is an excellent museum. I look forward to going back.
www.calacademy.org has information, prices, schedules, and directions