The National History Museum in San Francisco, California has an aquarium and planetarium nearby. There is also a four story rainforest area, which is all under one roof, with walkways between the various exhibits. The building is considered a stunning achievement, architecturally speaking. Roughly 40,000 live animals are housed within the museum and aquarium.
Admission to the California Academy of Sciences includes museum, aquarium, rainforest, living roof, and planetarium access. There are daily programs, dive shows, penguin feedings, swamp talks, and more for families and all other visitors. Admission is $29.95 for adults, and $5 less than that for seniors, students, and children 12 to 17. Children 4 to 11 can get in for $19.95. Specialty tickets for certain events or one area of the natural history museum are less. There are certain times when there are free days.
Museum hours are Monday through Saturday 9:30am to 5pm, and Sunday 11am to 5pm. In the life forms exhibit visitors can see butterflies, anaconda, leafy sea dragons, giant octopus, and much more. The advanced technologies section shows new technology being used and discovered every day. They also show images of the natural world through digital screens.