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March 28, 2008

Presto Change-O

The Academy is closed to the public right now, but behind the scenes, the action hasn’t slowed one bit during the move back to Golden Gate Park. If you’ve ever lugged a couch up two flights of stairs, spent hours carefully bubble-wrapping your grandmother’s china, or wrestled with where to put everything in a new home, then you can appreciate what the Academy is up against: moving 20 million delicate scientific specimens, and thousands of slippery, feathered and scaly live animals from downtown San Francisco to a brand new building in Golden Gate Park. How will we do it? “Very, very carefully.”

As soon as the doors closed at 5 pm on January 6th, the museum lobby at 875 Howard Street was transformed into a staging area for the movers – the massive admissions desk literally disappeared overnight – poof! The following morning, instead of school groups, the lobby was filled with 9-foot-tall cabinets on rolling carts, waiting for the first moving truck to pull up. And so began the most massive museum move on record…


In the lobby, a gray whale skeleton peeks out above rows of empty cabinets from the Botany department – among the first items to move to Golden Gate Park. And the former Academy Café, now a staging area during the move, hosts a table for two (cabinets).

Filed under: Great Migration — Helen @ 3:30 pm


  1. This will be very AWESOME. I think that it will be very great if they move the soecimens to Golden Gate Park where everyone can see it. Instead of keeping it in a closed academy. The movers will need to be very careful though as they said. The specimens are very important and very fragile so they will need to move it slowly and not try to rush it and hurry to get it over with. I might go and see the specimens at Golen Gate park.

    Comment by Gabe from St Bede — May 27, 2008 @ 7:37 pm

  2. This blog shows how much effort the academy is really trying to make moving as quick as possible to have it open to the public again and have people see the wonderful museum. But it is also good that they are not rushing through it so none of the specimens will not be harmed or broken during the move. It will turn out great when its all finished. It will be a very nice place to visit to see the wonderful specimens they have!

    Comment by stephanie a. — May 27, 2008 @ 7:44 pm

  3. This is a very great idea and it shows how much effort this academy reallly gives. I hope to see how it turns out. Its really great that they take their time because priceless goods can be damaged, but with them being extra careful, they will secure the products. I an sure it will come out very well!!

    Comment by rigo c. — May 27, 2008 @ 8:16 pm

  4. This shows that they are putting a lot of effort they are putting into this. Even though they are trying to make this move as quick as possible its important that none of the specimens or objects get harmed, so they should also take their time for safety issues. Good luck with the move! Hopefully we’ll get to see the finished product because i bet it’ll look great once finished.

    Comment by Bianca M. — May 27, 2008 @ 11:24 pm

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