Posted by RoseBelle | Labels: Califoria Academy of Sciences in San Francisco
I took the kids to the California Academy of Sciences this past Sunday. I was impressed by the architectural design of the world's greenest museum which took 10 years to build at a hefty $500 million dollar price tag. The Academy of Sciences is comprised of a natural history museum, a planetarium, an aquarium, and a 4-story rainforest which is encased in a dome inside the building. The planetarium and special exhibit require passes which are passed out on a first come first serve basis at the entrance of the exhibit or nearby cart of the planetarium. We didn't know this until we were in line for the Extreme Mammals exhibit and the pass collector told us we needed a pass to get inside. Bummer! We were in line for 15 minutes too! My son noticed that people were holding passes in the planetarium line so we went around looking for the stand to get our tickets. The only tickets left was for the last show which was no problem for us. When we were done exploring the rainforest, we went to the lower ground to check out the aquarium. I couldn't take much pictures because flash photography was not allowed. We went to get in line for the planetarium show soon afterward. While waiting in line, I just thought it was weird how the line was not moving at all. 5 minutes or so later, the lady in front asked if we had passes and we told her yes. She said we were in the wrong line. We were standing in the 'stand by' line. She told us the line for people with passes was on the other side. As we were trying to figure out which way to go to get in the correct line, we saw a worker walking out from the planetarium. My husband asked for the entrance and the worker said the show was starting and she lifted up the rope and let us through. It was dark inside but there was someone who walked us to our seats which was all the way on the top.
T-Rex right at the entrance:
The Giant Sequoia - the oldest living thing on the planet. This tree was 1700 years old when it was cut down in 1917.
The rainforest is inside this dome:
Several areas didn't allow flash photography, video recording or taking picutures due to copyright policy and to protect the animals from the camera flashes. These are the Moon Jellyfishes.
On the roof is a terrace which allows visitors to view the beautiful 'Living Rooftop' which has 1.7 million native San Francisco plants and flowers.
In the forefront are some of the solar panels on the rooftop that provide 10% of the electricity for the building. The dark building in the background is our de Young Museum of Fine Arts. The exterior of the building is made out of copper and, in time, the color will change to green through the oxidation process of copper.
Stingrays, sharks, and fishes
Elephant Bird, the world's largest bird.