The California Academy of Sciences Celebrates its 150th
Major Outdoor Festival To Be Held September 6 &
Anniversary Exhibit Runs Through December 31, 2003
SAN FRANCISCO (May 1, 2003) - Before Cable Cars, Golden
Gate Park or the Pony Express there was the California Academy of Sciences.
Founded in 1853, California's oldest museum will celebrate its 150th year
with a special exhibit and a major outdoor festival on September 6 &
7, 2003. The Academy, which is comprised of the Steinhart Aquarium, Morrison
Planetarium and the Natural History Museum, is San Francisco's largest
cultural institution, with nearly 800,000 annual visitors.
During the weekend of September 6th and 7th the Music Concourse in front
of the Academy will be transformed into an outdoor festival featuring
two full days of live music taking place on two stages, nature inspired
arts and crafts, and a children's play area. Visitors will also enjoy
the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to soar above Golden Gate Park on a
75-foot Century Ferris wheel that will be brought in for the event. While
enjoying free birthday cake and traditional street fair food, guests will
have the opportunity to meet Academy scientists and educators and take
part in interactive science demonstrations featuring natural curiosities
and live animals.
Who: The California Academy of Sciences
What: The California Academy of Sciences 150th Anniversary
When: Saturday, September 6, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday, September 7, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
Cost: The Festival is free and open to the public, admission
to the museum will remain $8.50 for adults, $5.50 for youth ages 11to17,
$2.00 for children ages 4 to 11 and free for children ages 3 and under.
Visitors who ride bikes or take public transit will have free admission
to the museum.
The Exhibit - 150 Years of Science: Exploring Nature's Wonders
150 Years of Science: Exploring Nature's Wonders features an enormous
timeline streaming through the Academy's exhibit halls, giving visitors
the opportunity to walk through 150 years of history as they learn how
world events and major discoveries have shaped the pursuit of science
and the Academy.
Outposts placed in exhibit halls will detail each of the Academy's areas
of focus, from the science of herpetology to the craft of designing and
building exhibits. These mini-exhibits will allow visitors to learn more
about individuals involved in the Academy and their work, using scientific
specimens, pictures and historical information.
Throughout the Academy, additional historical markers will highlight innovations
like the Academy's coral reef tank or items of historical interest such
as the Steinhart Aquarium's 75 year-old Swamp. Visitors will see what
these spots were like when they were new and learn why they are significant
Visitors are encouraged to visit the Academy before it moves downtown
at the end of 2003 for a comprehensive rebuilding project. The Academy's
current location will remain open through December 31, 2003. Our downtown
museum and aquarium at 875 Howard Street will open in January 2004. The
Academy will reopen in Golden Gate Park in 2008. Models and additional
information about the future home of the Academy are currently on display.
About the Academy
The California Academy of Sciences is the oldest scientific institution
in the West, founded in 1853 to survey the vast resources of California
and beyond. Today it has grown to be one of the ten largest natural history
museums in the world, with important exhibitions about natural sciences
and human cultures.
The Academy is also an international center for scientific research and
is at the forefront of efforts to understand and protect the diversity
of life on earth. A staff of over 50 professional educators and Ph.D.-level
scientists (supported by more than 100 Research and Field Associates and
over 300 Fellows) work in the fields of anthropology, botany, entomology,
herpetology, ichthyology, invertebrate zoology and geology, mammalogy
and ornithology. Each year, Academy scientists go on dozen of expeditions
around the world, conducting groundbreaking environmental research and
adding to the Academy's collections of over 18 million scientific specimens.