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Morrison Planetarium

One of the World's Largest Planetariums
The Morrison Planetarium is located on Level 1, near Tusher African Center (African Hall ), just off the main Piazza. You can't miss the huge 90-foot dome structure — its outer shell looks like a giant white sphere.  Get a unique wrap-around visual experience of planet Earth and outer space inside one of the world's largest planetariums. The Morrison Planetarium features a 75-foot-wide 180° screen and state-of-the-art digital projection system, allowing visitors to visit earth and beyond... and see our solar system like never before!

Planetarium shows include:

  • EarthQuake:
    Evidence of a Restless Planet
  • Fragile Planet
  • Cosmic Collisions
  • Speed in Space

Enjoy a FUN Family Day outing at the museum — the Planetarium alone is worth the price of admission. Tip for saving time — buy a pre-paid Skip the Line: California Academy of Sciences General Admission Ticket and skip the long ticket buying lines.



Planetarium Show Times
— Tickets Required

Planetarium shows air every half-hour on the hour, starting at 10am. Tickets are required* — visit the kiosk at the Planetarium entrance to select your show times.

Expect to wait in line during peak times, weekends and holidays. Lines start near the swinging Pendulum and wrap around the walkway along the Planetarium's outer sphere. Typically, the first show of the day is the one to catch if you don't want to wait too long in line. The shows are extremely popular — we recommend that you get your ticket when you arrive at the museum before they sell out.

Inside the Planetarium, every seat is a good seat. However, for the best view and sound, make your way to the middle center seating. Sit back... relax... and enjoy the show! The show runs for about 35-minutes and it's over before you know it. Fun — and educational — for kids and big kids too!

* General Admission
Note: Admission includes access to all Museum and Aquarium Exhibits, the Rainforest, the Living Roof, Planetarium Shows and daily regularly scheduled events.

Skip the Line: California Academy of Sciences General Admission Ticket

Skip the Line: California Academy of Sciences "Behind the Scenes Platinum Tour"

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Before or after seeing the "EarthQuake" Planetarium Show, experience a little "shake, rattle and roll" at the Academy's "EarthQuake: Life on a Dynamic Planet" exhibit

During a recent "Nightlife" event, following the Planetarium Show after dark, we went up to the Living Roof to stargaze through giant telescopes set up to see Venus. It was incredible!

Note: Telescopes, stargazing and other activities vary week-to-week during "Nightlife" events. Depending on the weather, solar telescopes may be available during the day on the Living Roof for sky-gazing. Contact the California Academy of Sciences for more information.

By the way, if you plan on seeing the Planetarium Show during "Nightlife" Thursdays, be sure to get your tickets early. It's very popular and the lines get longer as the evening progresses. FYI... the first show of the evening (6:30pm) is usually the lightest.


Host Special Events
415-379-5497

Host a FUN Corporate Event or Private Party at the California Academy of Sciences — arrange for a Private Planetarium Viewing and make your event a memorable one.


Academy Hours
Mon-Sat 9:30am-5pm
Sun 11am-5pm

Closed Thanksgiving
and Christmas Day


Nightlife Thursdays
Nightlife Thursdays
Feb thru' Oct 2009
6-10pm


More Info
California Academy of Sciences
415-379-8000

Tour Group Info
415-379-5210


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Morrison Planetarium at the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

Morrison Planetarium - The Academy of Science in Golden Gate Park

Alana standing outside the Morrison Planetarium at the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

Lines along the Planetarium's outer sphere at the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

View of Morrison Planetarium at the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

Seating inside the Morrison Planetarium at the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA

Seating inside the Morrison Planetarium at the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA

Stargazing on the Living Roof (looking at Venus) following a "Nightlife" Planetarium Show at the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA

Inside the Morrison Planetarium at the California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

Mars at the Morrison Planetarium - The Academy of Science in Golden Gate Park

The Living Roof at night at the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA

Venus - Stargazing after Planetarium Show on the Living Roof at the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, CA

Close up view of outside the Morrison Planetarium at the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

 


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