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Morrison Planetarium, San Francisco

#5 of 6 in Childrens Museums in San Francisco
Observatory · Hidden Gem · Museum
The California Academy of Sciences is a natural history museum in San Francisco, California, that is among the largest museums of natural history in the world, housing over 26 million specimens. The Academy began in 1853 as a learned society and still carries out a large amount of original research, with exhibits and education becoming significant endeavors of the museum during the 20th century.
Completely rebuilt in 2008, the building covers 400000ft2 and is among the newest natural history museums in the United States. The primary building in Golden Gate Park reopened on September 27, 2008.
The California Academy of Sciences, California's oldest operating museum and research institution for the natural sciences, is governed by a forty-one member Board of Trustees who are nominated and chosen by the Academy Fellows. The Academy Fellows are, in turn, "ominated by their colleagues and appointed by the Board of Trustees...the Fellows remain members of the Fellowship for life." The Board of Trustees are then responsible for appointing the executive management of the Academy, who in turn are responsible for overseeing the Academy's overall operation and the hiring of its other managers and employees.
Museum and aquarium operationsThe Academy's museum operations are the outward, "public face" of the Academy of Sciences and the educational aspects of the exhibits and public outreach programs are managed in a division called "Public Engagement and Education" . Underlying these operations is a staff of hundreds of employees who operate the day-to-day functions without which the Academy could not offer its programs. The operations branch of the Academy is divided into three departments: Building Operations, Guest Operations, and IT Services.
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  • This was a thrilling show displayed on the vast screen within the large dome. And it is 'free', already included in the main entrance ticket. To ensure that all astronomical details are right up to.....  more »
  • I want to start off by saying that The Planetarium is in Golden Gate Park across from the de Young Museum, not in the North Beach area stated on the maps here on Trip Advisor. Don't go to the wrong...  more »
  • Must see! We learned and enjoyed so much!
  • Loved it. Learned allot. Had 3 different shows today. Also love the staff :)

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