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Golden Gate Park
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11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Members' Hours:


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The Academy will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

Planetarium will be closed Sep. 22, 23, 24

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July 15, 2009

Penguin about town

The Academy’s “Chief Penguin” Dr. Greg Farrington is one of a handful of San Franciscans selected to participate in Google’s new Favorite Places campaign, which launches today. Unlike his cousins in African Hall, this “penguin” needs a dry cleaner’s help to keep his tux looking tidy…via the map below, you can check out his favorite spots in San Francisco (restaurants, venues, local businesses, etc.), all marked with custom penguin pins.


View Greg Farrington’s Favorite Places in San Francisco in a larger map

Filed under: Other News — Helen @ 1:01 pm

July 8, 2009

The moon rocks

Next time you pass through the Academy’s Islands of Evolution exhibit, take a peek at a few new additions by the wall of colorful Frans Lanting photographs. Touch a 221-pound iron meteorite (below, left), and check out an actual moon rock (below, right), collected on the last manned lunar mission, Apollo 17, in December, 1972. The rock was collected from the Taurus-Littrow Valley, between the Sea of Serenity and the Sea of Tranquility, and is on loan to the Academy from NASA. Alongside those extraterrestrial specimens, you’ll also see a sampling of incredible fossils from Earth—up to 900 million years old.

This month marks the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, and to celebrate, staff from Morrison Planetarium will be on hand at the Science in Action exhibit to show video footage of the of the Apollo 11 landing, and introduce the moon rock to visitors on the weekend of July 18-19. Stop by at 1:30 pm either day to check it out.

Filed under: Exhibits — Helen @ 9:20 am

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