COUNTDOWN TO DOWNTOWN
The California Academy of Sciences Celebrates its Migration to 875 Howard St.
The Academy will close its Golden Gate Park facility December 31, and open at 875 Howard Street Spring 2004

(SAN FRANCISCO) Monday, November 10, 2003 -- The California Academy of Sciences is celebrating its last month in Golden Gate Park before it moves downtown to 875 Howard Street then returns to the park in 2008. Guests are invited to witness the evolution of this historic institution by visiting the plans and models for the new Academy on display in Hofeld Hall, and enjoying programs, lectures, and events taking place throughout the month. Every Sunday in December assistants will take visitors' photos in "Parting Pictures" at specially designated photo zones, including the African Watering Hole and the Swamp. Taking these shots got you feeling shutter happy? Younger visitors are invited to make sun prints in the courtyard. Pressed leaves and flowers, and shells will be on hand for compositions.

Now is the perfect time for visitors to catch exhibits closing December 31st; Visit Skulls, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Seasons of Life and Land, and 150 Years of Science, the Academy's anniversary exhibit. Morrison Planetarium will offer the classic Christmas Star show as well as What's Up, Stars over San Francisco, and the Sky tonight each weekend; See the following schedule for times. To encourage all to attend, the Academy will be open free to the public on the last three days of the year, December 29, 30, and 31. During "Three for Free" the Academy will open extended hours from 9 am to 9 pm.

The Academy will return to Golden Gate Park in 2008. In the interim the Academy will migrate downtown and will be open to the public with Steinhart Aquarium, changing natural history exhibits, courses, and programs at 875 Howard Street opening this coming Spring 2004.

December Program Highlights
For a complete schedule of events, lectures, and programs visit www.calacademy.org/newsroom (or the events calendar but it's not updated yet.)

Three for FREE
The Academy is free and open to the public the last three days of the year. Open extended hours, 9 am to 9 pm, the the public is invited to take the opportunity to visit the Academy in Golden Gate Park before the Academy migrates downtown to 875 Howard Street, and then returns to the park in 2008. 875 Howard Street will open to the public in Spring 2004.
Monday, December 29, Tuesday, December 30, Wednesday, December 31, from 9 am to 9 pm

Parting Pictures
Academy visitors are invited to take farewell photos of the Academy as preparations for moving begin. Special photography zones by the African Watering Hole and the Swamp will be available. Each spot will have an assistant available to take photos of you and your family. Bring your camera and your smile.
Sunday, December 7, 14, 21, and 28 from 11 am-1 pm.

Sun Prints
Younger visitors are invited to make sun prints in the Academy courtyard. Pressed leaves and flowers, shells, animal transparencies and stencils will be available for compositions.
Sunday, December 7, 14, 21, and 28 from 1:30 pm-3:30 pm.

Morrison Planetarium Star Shows
What's Up
In this show for families, explore the sky and some of its wonders: the Sun, the Moon, the stars, and the planets! Identify constellations and the "Man in the Moon." See satellites, and have fun under the stars with everyone's favorite cosmic cartoon critter, Moon Mouse!
Each Saturday and Sunday in December at Noon.

Stars Over San Francisco
Celebrate 50 years under the stars of Morrison Planetarium and find out how the Planetarium and our knowledge of the Universe itself have changed since the planetarium opened on November 8, 1952.
Each Saturday and Sunday in December at 1 pm.

Christmas Star
View the annual holiday sky when the wintertime sky is on the dome. This show also offers explanations of what the fabled star of Bethlehem may have been.
Each Saturday and Sunday in December at 2 pm and 3 pm.

The Sky Tonight
A relaxing tour of the current night sky, focusing on constellations, visible planets, the phase of the Moon, and upcoming celestial events visible with the naked eye. Our most free-form show, where the sky is the main effect; style may vary from one lecturer to another.
Each Saturday and Sunday in December at 4 pm.

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