San Francisco Science Day Trip

This 9-hour day trip takes students to NorCal's famous California Academy of Sciences; a natural history museum in San Francisco, California, that is among the largest museums of natural history in the world. It is home to over 26 million specimens with over 40,000 living organisms. 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. 

  • Kimball Natural History Museum - generally encompasses the entire museum outside the planetarium, rainforest, and aquarium, and comprises Africa Hall (the Academy's oldest running exhibit), the East Wing (which includes the Foulcault pendulum, also a carry-over exhibit from the older, pre-2008 renovation of the Academy), the West Wing (which currently houses several geophysical exhibits), the science "Project Lab" which features real, live scientists working on real, live research projects and who can be viewed doing their work from outside the lab by public visitors, as well as several smaller exhibits distributed throughout the remainder of the Academy building.
  • Morrison Planetarium - features the world's largest completely digital planetarium dome measuring in at 27.5 metres (90 ft.) in diameter with a 23-metre (75-foot) diameter screen.
  • Rainforests of the World - rainforest exhibit enclosed in a 90-foot (27 m) glass dome.
  • Visit the Exploratorium at Pier 15 - The Exploratorium isn't just a museum; it's an ongoing exploration of science, art and human perception—a vast collection of online experiences that feed your curiosity. Step inside a tornado, turn upside down in a curved mirror, count rings on a 300-year-old tree, build your own electrical circuits, and explore more than 600 hands-on exhibits.

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