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California Academy of Sciences

  • Address:
    55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park
    San Francisco, CA 94118

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About

The California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco is a renowned scientific and educational institution dedicated to exploring and explaining the natural world and addressing the challenge of sustainability. It is home to an aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum, and four-story rainforest as well as innovative scientific research and education programs—all under one living roof. This unique combination allows visitors to explore the depths of a Philippine coral reef, climb into the canopy of a Costa Rican rainforest, and fly to the outer reaches of the Universe in a single day. Along the way, thousands of charismatic live animals and a team of fascinating scientists and presenters bring the Academy’s exhibits and shows to life and make each visit unique. The Academy is also home to nearly 46 million scientific specimens from around the world—essential tools for comparative studies on the history and future of life on Earth.

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  • Description Imagine hors d’oeuvres inside Steinhart Aquarium, an underwater wonderland with a living coral reef. Picture a luxurious five-course dinner amidst the dioramas of African Hall, cocktails by the alligators in the Swamp, or a product launch in Morrison Planetarium. With 18 stunning settings to choose from, the Academy can produce anything from an intimate wedding party to an extravaganza for 3,000 guests. And it all comes with behind-the-scenes expertise that ensures the highest standards of excellence.
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  • Largest Room 10,000
  • Total Sq. Ft. 40,000
  • Reception Capacity 700
  • Space Notes The 40,000 sq. ft. Full Building refers to Aquarium, Rainforest, African Hall, Piazza, Grand Hall, East Hall, West Hall, East Garden, West Garden, Planetarium, Main Lobby, Living Roof, and Patterson Plaza. Temporary exhibit installations may alter the 3,000-person reception capacity.
  • Theatre Capacity 600
  • A/V (In-house) true
  • Outdoor Capacity 1780
  • WiFi true
  • Banquet Capacity 500
  • Number of Rooms 18
African Hall
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 4800
  • Theater Capacity: 250
  • Banquet Capacity: 250
  • Reception Capacity: 350
Aquarium
  • Theater Capacity: 70
  • Banquet Capacity: 70
  • Reception Capacity: 350
East Hall
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 10000
  • Theater Capacity: 220
  • Banquet Capacity: 220
  • Reception Capacity: 400
Full Building
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 40000
  • Theater Capacity: 350
  • Banquet Capacity: 1000
  • Reception Capacity: 3000
Grand Hall
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 10000
  • Theater Capacity: 600
  • Banquet Capacity: 500
  • Reception Capacity: 700
Living Roof
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 2880
  • Reception Capacity: 140
Main Lobby
  • Reception Capacity: 200
Patterson Plaza
Piazza
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 5900
  • Theater Capacity: 350
  • Banquet Capacity: 350
  • Reception Capacity: 400
Planetarium
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 1300
  • Theater Capacity: 290
  • Banquet Capacity: 70
  • Reception Capacity: 100
Rainforest
  • Reception Capacity: 275
West Garden
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 14370
  • Theater Capacity: 400
  • Banquet Capacity: 200
  • Reception Capacity: 1240
West Hall
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 10000
  • Theater Capacity: 220
  • Banquet Capacity: 220
  • Reception Capacity: 400
Boardroom
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 1250
  • Theater Capacity: 80
  • Banquet Capacity: 60
  • Reception Capacity: 100
East Garden
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 20990
  • Theater Capacity: 300
  • Banquet Capacity: 200
  • Reception Capacity: 1780
Forum
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 4000
  • Theater Capacity: 260
  • Banquet Capacity: 250
  • Reception Capacity: 300
Moss Room
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 1100
  • Theater Capacity: 95
  • Banquet Capacity: 80
  • Reception Capacity: 100
The Terrace
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 1300
  • Theater Capacity: 80
  • Banquet Capacity: 80
  • Reception Capacity: 130