Located in Golden Gate Park, the California Academy of Sciences is one of the greenest buildings in the city and has a platinum certification from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). The museum features the newly renovated and expanded Steinhart Aquarium, complete with a hands-on tide pool and the well-known alligator swamp. Other exciting features are the Morrison Planetarium, the four-story rain-forest dome, and the Hall of African Mammals. In addition to these educational gems, the museum features other natural history exhibits as well as exhibits about global warming. The Academy Cafe offers international cuisine, while the elegant Moss Room restaurant is the only dining option available in the park past museum closing time.
A part of California Academy of Sciences, Morrison Planetarium comprises of a massive 75 foot (22.86 meter) dome where you can see the cosmos unfold before your very eyes. Regularly held shows at the planetarium are Tour of the Solar System, Passport to the Universe and Expedition Reef.
Visit the Charles F. Hagar Planetarium located on the San Francisco State University premises to learn more about the space that envelopes our planet. The facility has a planetarium that was established in 1973, where shows are hosted from time to time which are updated on the website. The planetarium is home to the Meade 16" Schmidt-Cassegrain and the Meade LX-200-12 telescopes. Expand your knowledge of outer space at the observatory that has star maps and satellite imaging, ideal for star gazers and space buffs.