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Living Roof
— Open-Air Observation Terrace

Living Roof at the Academy of Science in Golden Gate Park

The Living Roof
Take the elevator to the Academy's Roof level to see the unique 2.5-acre "green" Living Roof. Seven domes resembling small hills sit atop the facility — two larger domes dominate the area (one houses a Rainforest, the other a Planetarium).

Living Roof at California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

The rooftop provides a habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including birds and butterflies — and serves as an exhibit on environmental sustainability and biodiversity.

Living Roof at California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California



Skylights that open and close throughout the day allow sunlight to stream through to the Rainforest and exhibits below — it's quite a sight.

Living Roof with view of Rainforest below at California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

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



Californa Academy of Sciences - Rooftop at Golden Gate Park, SF

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


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

Stargazing
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!

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

Expert advisers are on hand to answer questions during "Nightlife" stargazing  on the Living Roof

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.

Security staff - Living Roof at California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

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Aerial view of Living Roof at California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

The Living Roof (see aerial photo above) features almost two million native California plant species, including perennial plants and colorful native wildflowers.

Alana talking to musuem staff on the Living Roof Open-Air Observation Terrace - Living Roof at California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

Open-Air Observation Terrace — Living Roof
Get an up-close look at the roof’s lush canopy of plants and beautiful native wildflowers. Depending on the season, visitors will see beautiful California Poppies... and more.

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Close-up of the Living Roof at California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

Flowers on the Living Roof at the California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA

Observation Terrace - Living Roof at California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

View of solar panels from Open Air Observation Terrace on Living Roof at California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

Scenic Views
Enjoy a bird's eye view of Golden Gate Park, the Music Concourse (and Bandshell) and the M.H. de Young Museum atop the Living Roof's "open-air" Observation Terrace — great for picture-taking!

Admiring the view from the Living Roof Open Air Observation Terrace - Living Roof at California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

View fo the MH de Young Museum from the Open Air Observation Terrace on the Living Roof at California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

The Academy of Science in Golden Gate Park - Aerial View of Living Roof and CA Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, SF


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