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One of the top-15 pages on all +Google Cultural Institute? Don't mind if we do—especially when it features our interactive 3D animal skulls!
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Ultimate recycling: "What if we could grow new life after we’ve died?”

This Seattle environmentalist is working on a program for corpse composting, aka "the Urban Death Project."
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Oh okay does California state university have forensic sciences? 
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242 of our skulls—ready for your twisting & turning pleasure on +Google Cultural Institute:
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Super Typhoon Maysak weakened significantly before hitting the Philippines coast, but here's what it looked like from space pre-melt—via astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti.
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Our (colossal) new "Whales" exhibit is now open! Prepared to be wowed. And to feel small. In a good way.
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Global warming is rife with side-effects—including, says a new report in "Nature"—the possible return of "fire lizards."
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Eyes on the prize: Brilliant little longnose hawkfish nestled into a Philippines reef.

(Photographed by Steinhart Aquarium director Bart Shepherd during our current expedition.)
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What healthy, 100% #coral coverage looks like. Snapped by our aquarium director, Bart Shepherd, while on expedition in the Philippines' Verde Island Passage. #casfieldnotes  
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What do you call a school of cuttlefish? Suddenly—with reports that one species of these (usually) anti-social creatures exhibits unusual school behavior—science needs a name!
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I knew it, they're going to take over.
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What do you call a school of cuttlefish? Suddenly—with reports that one species of these (usually) anti-social creatures exhibits unusual schooling behavior—science needs a name!
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A "clique" would be great.
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Easter eggs are lovely, but here’s how nature does it: 
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Hello, froglet! Emerging from our Rainforest's river for the very first time, this Harlequin tree frog's tadpole tail will quickly be reabsorbed. #metamorphosis
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I went to the academy of science while I was in California and I'll tell the truth. It.was.AWSOME!!!!!THERE WAS SO MUCH SCIENCE AND LEARNING I FELT I WAS IN MY OWN WONDERLAND!!!!It was my first time in California and out of my home state Oklahoma and I was glad I went with my mother to California.
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55 Music Concourse DriveUSCaliforniaSan Francisco94118
$$$Science Museum, Aquarium
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Today 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
Monday 9:30 am – 5:00 pmTuesday 9:30 am – 5:00 pmWednesday 9:30 am – 5:00 pmThursday 9:30 am – 5:00 pmFriday 9:30 am – 5:00 pmSaturday 9:30 am – 5:00 pmSunday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
An aquarium, planetarium, and natural history museum—all under one living roof. Our mission is to explore, explain, and sustain life.
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Natural history museum with an aquarium, planetarium & scientists conducting a variety of research.- Google
"Fun natural history exhibits and a good aquarium."
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"Definitely checkout the nightlife events!"
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As a San Francisco mom, this is one of the best places to have a membership. I'm there at LEAST once a week. My kid loves the aquarium, rainforest, and toddler room. He runs around this joint like its his backyard. The museum also treats members well with a lot of perks like early entry on Tues mornings, free behind-the-scenes tour, and discounts at the restaurant. Swing by if you're ever in the area!
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robert leung
5 months ago
This is one of the best experiences and values in the city. This has great night time programs for young adults with music and drinks. During the daytime this museum showcases the diversity of the whole Bay Area. You get to explore ecology through the wonderful ECO-dome (biosphere). The planetarium is fabulous and you get to see the pendulum. Overall great experience and wonderful for both kids and adults. Buy the year long membership for your best value.
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sofia calvo
a month ago
This is a great way for kids to discover and learn something new.It has many sites and things to discover you can even exprince the major earthwquake that hit sanfransico.
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Ryan Paredez
a month ago
This place is awesome. Whether you take a date, friends or family here. It's a cool place to learn some random facts and other exhibits they have going. It's not just a place for kids!
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Marina Sabado
a month ago
Admittance is about $30 per person. Kind of shocking. I've been here on field trips growing up and a couple of times now as an adult. For kids: This place is great. They can interact with some of the exhibits and there are lots of cool fish and creatures. As an adult, each time I went with a different person or persons they always ask "Where's the rest?". There is a lot to do but, the place is small. Kind of giving an incomplete feeling. Maybe it's the shape and design. The highlights are: -The albino alligator -The Earthquake Simulator -The Butterfly house
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Michael Giskin
4 months ago
This museum is what I would consider to be modern, clean, and a good example of the kind of science museums we'll be seeing in the future. Why? Well first of all, this museum has a mix of live animals and taxidermy animals, as well as interactive science exhibits. So this place is kind of like a science museum/natural history museum/zoo/aquarium hybrid. Also, the museum is pretty open with high ceilings and a lot of natural lighting. The museum is primarily two floors, the main floor having views of the underground aquarium from above, and the African animals exhibit, which is mostly taxidermy with some live animal exhibits such as the penguins. The aquarium part, which is probably around half of the museum, was great, but not incredible like the Monetary Bay Aquarium, for instance. The museum part, which is mostly like natural history-type stuff is also great, but not as good compared to the Museum of Natural History in New York City. The rain forest exhibit was good and unique. It features all live animals native to fain forests and as you walk through the fain forest exhibit you go from the rain forest floor to the canopy. The special exhibit they had at the time of my visit (July 2014), Skulls, was done very well and featured skulls from a HUGE variety of animals. As a quick recommendation, I suggest purchasing tickets in advance online just you can walk right in and avoid the line, even though when we went there was no line... Overall, I was glad that I chose to go this museum rather than the Aquarium of the Bay at Pier 39 or the San Francisco Zoo because like I said, this is kind of a mix of both.
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Paul Chintawat
2 months ago
This is a great place. The aquarium is wonderful with fish, turtles, jellyfish. There is a rain forest to explore with birds, insects, frogs, butterflies. I can't put it all into a review. It is even greater to see through my daughter's eyes by seeing the excitement and joy on her face. There is so much to see and experience here.
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Julian Fessard
6 months ago
The Academy of sciences has an amazing aquarium complex that takes a long time to explore and see completely. The layout can be a bit confusing at first, but the high quality exhibits and the signage help. I really like their super small mini aquarium showcasing one tiny type of shrimp or crab, they are very detailed and neat. Their biosphere/dome is really cool too, it has a lot to see and spend time in. It's a one way trip: when you get in, you look at things, walk to the top, and take an elevator to exit into the aquarium. I expected more hands-on things but I guess that's for the Exploratorium. Their planetarium, while limited in seats (get a pass as soon as you arrive!) is cool. I went for the 21+ Thursday night events, which are great, and with a theme, but get very very crowded.
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