Day at The California Academy of Sciences

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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. 
  




31 comments:

Joey @ Big Teeth and Clouds said...

Pretty cool place although it sounds a touch tough to navigate. That giant sequoia is awesome.

eugene said...

Man, this is so awesome,indeed world's greenest museum, bet the kids were enjoying themselves tremendously................ a trove of information and knowledged as well,

take care now

Serline said...

Looks like another great reason to re-visit San Francisco, this time with the kids in tow ;-)

I'm a full-time mummy said...

Hi RoseBelle!

Thanks for dropping by and commenting on Ben's WW picture!

Love your post here. It looks like an awesome place! Love the sequoia tree and the rainforest pictures!!

( I'm a full-time mummy )

Alicia said...

I am way overdue to taking my kids over there!!

Mr. Stupid said...

Wow. Everything looks so great. I am glad you managed to get in the planetarium on time. Nice pictures. Enjoyed looking at all of them.

Priscilla said...

Wow you guys have such cool places to visit! You're really lucky. I'm sure the kids enjoyed themselves. Looks like great exhibits... no wonder you're a museum person.. I think if we had such great museums here, I'd be one too!! :)

Keats The Sunshine Girl said...

Wow! great stuff to engross the family. It surely will draw me to visit.

Heavenly Housewife said...

Looks like a fantastic museum and a great day out. Its great when you can have fun and learn at the same time.
*kisses* HH

AVCr8teur said...

I share your frustration about where to wait in line to get the passes and then where to wait in line to get into the planetarium or rainforest. My personal favorite was the butterflies flying freely in the rainforest dome.

foongpc said...

That's a nice place to visit! I would love to visit it myself! : )

Mei Teng said...

Are the moon jelly fish as lethal as the box jelly fish? Those creatures looked beautiful but can be so deadly.

Muthering Heights said...

It looks like a great place for educational fun!

myorii said...

Oh wow! I remember learning about this place in one of the architecture courses I took and have always wanted to go visit it. Hearing about how much fun you guys had makes me want to make a trip up to NorthCal now :). Maybe next time when we go back home.

Ash said...

what an awesome trip for the kids! i cant wait to take ash to museums...and bore his dad ;)

~ash's mum

indonesia cigarettes said...

Nice academy. I really want to see that dinosaure. I hope he not eat me

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Gina F said...

Great place to visit! Looks like everyone had a great family day together. I enjoy the pictures too. Thanks for sharing!

~Gina~
motherof1princessand2princes.blogspot.com

Buckeroomama said...

Wow, I'd love to go there and take the kids, too! :)

Uncle Lee said...

Hi Rosebelle, wow! I sure would love to drop by this place.....guess need a whole day. Really impressive.
And educational too. Love that green pool with jungle ferns.
You keep well and have fun, Lee.

Veronica Lee said...

WOW! Sounds like a cool place to visit! Awesome pics, Rosebelle.

ModernMom said...

What a cool way to spend a day, although it does sound like they need to label those lines a little more clearly!

MaryAnne said...

What a neat place! I loved the picture of the giant sequoia tree =)

Meldylocks and Her Three Bears said...

Nice and educational...I really wish Malaysia has one like this.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

That is a great place! A wonderful day.

Cheers,

Rosa

CaptainRunner said...

Oh, I'd love to visit that museum someday. I guess a day won't suffice my tour.

I love the last picture. Seem like a scene from a movie or something.

Natalie said...

I've always wanted to go to SF because it seems like such a cool place and I've never been (can you believe that?! I grew up in So Cal! and have never been!). Now, I have one more reason to want to go...the museum is incredible!

Your pictures are fantastic, too!

Glad that you stumbled across my blog, and I look forward to getting to know you!

Jen said...

Flash photography doesn't work well for anything behind glass, anyway. It reflects the light back at you, just like a mirror. You'll have a picture of yourself taking a photo.

Sounds like a fun place to visit. I'll have to make sure I check out the rain forest next time I'm in San Francisco.

Dora said...

This is a very expensive museum but it doesn't turn its visitors down with so many of exciting exhibits!

KidsDreamWork said...

Wow, look so interesting. How nice if we have this over here! My boys will be trilled over that!

TK said...

Wow..that is a very expensive museum. I would love to visit such a place. Very interesting and it is certain a very educational trip for children.I love that tropical plants..Makes me realize how lucky we are that we have the rain forest here.

Poetic Shutterbug said...

First, great shots within the museum and on the living rooftop. It is expensive there but free on the third either Tuesday or Wednesday of the month. I forget which now. It is frustrating trying to find which line to wait etc... I don't think it is that well organized for the price paid to be very honest. There are come cool exhibitions there and I think the highlight is Claude, the albino alligator. Did you see him?