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Caught on film for the first time! This beautifully bizarre, deep-sea ghost shark (aka chimaera), thanks to a Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute ROV operating around 6,700 feet: calacade.my/2gJG14R.
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That feeling when you learn the facts about reindeer antlers. (Plus, peek inside our scientific collections & see where our visiting reindeer live when at home!) From KQED Science​: calacade.my/2gX7Quv.
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Chance we can talk our Geology department into doing this: decidedly low. Chance we'll try anyway: exceedingly high.

Japan's "museum of rocks that look like faces," via Colossal: calacade.my/2eCZVTb.
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Excerpt from Academy executive director Jon Foley's letter to staff. Full text: calacade.my/2emAhBQ. ❤️🌎
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From 18th-century poets to last week's lucky witnesses, rare & luminous "moonbows" make it their business to inspire.🌙 Via BBC News: calacade.my/2ezhvX9.
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This story isn’t particularly useful to laypeople, but this “thunder egg” is everything. calacade.my/2eoPFNf
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A tropical holiday hat for biologist Patrick L., or what happens when two green tree pythons decide to snuggle? (📷 by curator Vikki M.)
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Reindeer on the roof? You know what that means: "'Tis the Season for Science" opens TOMORROW! calacade.my/1PQNP4o 🎄❄️⛄
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WINTER IS COMING—which means "'Tis the Season for Science" is too! Snowman Theater > the Others. ⛄🔔❄️ (Vid by planetarium engineer Dan T.)
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Home is beautiful. Let's take care of it—& each other. 
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What everyone needs today: the tranquility of our oh-so-peaceful Shark & Ray Lagoon webcam. Goes great with voting. calacade.my/1pShq1Q 💯
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The most famous bird in California right now? An almost entirely white, leucistic Anna’s hummingbird found at the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum: calacade.my/2ezA5Qf.
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55 Music Concourse Dr San Francisco, CA 94118
55 Music Concourse DriveUSCaliforniaSan Francisco94118
(415) 379-8000calacademy.org
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Natural history museum with an aquarium, planetarium & scientists conducting a variety of research.- Google
"The place is a bit small but oh wow, what a beautiful place."
"This has great night time programs for young adults with music and drinks."
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Shreshth Gupta
a week ago
Incredible museum with a very interesting rooftop environment. Definitely a natural history museum and they even have a small live animal/aquarium area. Not very large but definitely worth visiting, especially if you have younger children. They even have an albino alligator!
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Clemens Freudenberger
in the last week
Natural history museum (Animals and plants) with great digital show about galaxy's in a planetary (independent of weather and view). earth quake simulation, large coral riff. with lots of sea animals, small but lovely snake show for kids and an rainforest dome. Website was not up to date.
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Rory Reynolds
a week ago
A wonderful living museum that contains some amazing wildlife from all corners of the world. Visited during the Thursday night opening and it was great with no children running around.
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Marcus Anzelone
7 months ago
I finally got to visit about a year ago. This museum always inspired knowledge when I was a child. I remember since the Planetarium for the first time, and was just amazed. I think I studied astrology for a year after that experience. The new museum even goes further. The generation today is in for a real treat. Job well done!
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Sebastian Fiedler
a month ago
This is a San Francisco institution that every visitor/local must see. 2300+ reviews and consistent 4 stars don't lie! Your highlights are probably different than mine, but I'll give it a try anyway: - the mysterious green frog with the yellow eyes at the tropical house - the coral reefs down at the aquarium - my long-term friend, the albino crocodile - the earthquake simulator (and no, I do not want to be in a 7.XX quake) Plenty of food options and parking in the garage below. Especially "Nightlife at the Academy" on Thursday night is a popular event and is highly recommended. Obviously, the albino crocodile is not going anywhere so make sure to say hi.
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Matt Clack
in the last week
This museum is huge and feels like 3 large museums in one. Enjoy the aquarium, planetarium and science area, and the huge rainforest areas. It's great for kids during the day and for adults on the Thursday night events.
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Vivek Veeramani
2 months ago
Very well maintained. Do not miss the 3D theatre. One of a kind experience.
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A Ferrari
2 months ago
Really enjoyable day spent here. Particularly appreciated the rainforest environment and the planetarium which is unique in its features.