California Academy Of Science

The only place on the planet where you can explore an aquarium, planetarium and natural history museum under one living roof.

The Rainforests Of The World is a climate controlled sphere within the building. 
Visitors enter at the base of the rainforest and continue upwards.
The floor of the rainforest displays animals found there- snakes, insects, lizards, spiders etc. 

As you move upwards you see the animals that live in the canopy- free flying birds and butterflies-

From the top of the sphere an elevator takes you to the base- where the aquarium and over 2,000 reef fish dart about the Technicolored forest of coral. 

 There is a really cool area where visitors are able to touch and examine marine life through a microscope  which transmits the images on a TV screen above. 

I thought this exhibit was pretty cool:

The living roof houses over two and a half acres of native California plants: 

The natural history museum houses African penguins which the monkeys loved- they had a 'show' where they fed the penguins which was a highlight. 

The planetarium had a great show narrated by Jodi Foster- I have not been to a planetarium since I was in HS seeing Led Zeppelin laser shows- not any less trippy and made me a bit dizzy. 

What is your favorite Natural History Museum? 
Did you see laser shows at the planetarium? 


Bossy Betty said...

Looks like a fun day!

Bossy Betty said...

Looks like a fun day!

Pet said...

Oh, my kids would love it!

Nat said...

Looks like a perfect place to visit! I love aquariums (aquaria?) and natural history museums - the Museum of Natural History in London is fab :-)

tulpen said...

We just did the museum of science. Not as nice as this one!!

We skipped the planetarium but attended the thunder and lightening show... was very loud and wicked cool.

drollgirl said...

i HAVE to visit!!!!!! must-see/do in 2012!!!!

Nikki said...

The contents of the sharks stomach looks like a day at the antique mall!

Dani G said...

I love that museum!!

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