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California Academy of Sciences - Newsroom

Andrew Ng, Academy of Sciences (415) 379-5123

H. Gordon Diamond, AT&T (415) 778-1230

The California Academy of Sciences and AT&T Announce
Free Admission for San Francisco Residents

Supported by AT&T contribution, a different set of neighborhoods
is invited each weekend betwe
en February 16 and April 1

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SAN FRANCISCO (February 8, 2007) – The California Academy of Sciences launches its 2007 Neighborhood Free Days program this month, giving San Francisco residents free access to the aquarium and natural history museum on special days between February 16 and April 1. AT&T announced a special contribution in support of the program to showcase the museum's coming attractions and help drive community awareness.

"AT&T has a long-standing tradition of supporting critical community-based organizations, and the Academy of Sciences is well-deserving of this support," said Ken McNeely, President, AT&T California. "Its exhibits, programs, and lectures truly make it one of the Bay Area's premier cultural institutions."

The Academy is the oldest scientific center in the Western United States, founded after the California gold rush to survey the vast resources of California and beyond. Today it has grown to be the fourth largest natural history museum in the country and features important exhibitions about the natural world. It also holds 18 million specimens and supports eight scientific departments, which conduct important biodiversity research around the world.

"Neighborhood Free Days are our way of saying thanks to the San Francisco community, our home for the past 154 years," said Patrick Kociolek, Acting Executive Director of the Academy. "The Academy and AT&T hope that residents and families will take advantage of the opportunity."

Among the coming highlights offered at the Academy are:

  • Meet the Biologist, a weekend event throughout February and March, where Academy biologists teach visitors how to care for various animals, including penguins and snakes. Depending on the visit, visitors may learn how to take and test water samples, check filters, clean tanks, or administer appropriate amounts of food;
  • Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration, a series of special activities from February 18 - March 3 that includes information on how the Chinese New Year is determined by the moon; various customs observed on the New Year; what it means to live in the "Year of the Boar"; and,
  • Live Bat Encounter, a program on March 18 that will introduce visitors to a live Malaysian flying fox, the largest bat in the world with a wingspan of almost six feet.

Many other weekend activities await San Francisco families when they take advantage of free admission to the Academy.

Each visiting adult must prove San Francisco residency by showing a driver's license, utility bill, or other form of valid ID with the ZIP code. Accompanying children (up to age 17) do not need ID. Only residents from the ZIP codes invited on the designated dates will be admitted free of charge. The program covers Friday, Saturday, or Sunday visitation. The following schedule outlines the program by ZIP code neighborhoods:



Chinatown, Tenderloin, Downtown, SOMA, Potrero, Treasure Island 94103, 94107, 94130, 94111, 94105, 94108, 94104 & 94102 February 16, 17 & 18
Excelsior, Ingleside, Bayview, Hunter's Point, Visitacion Valley 94112, 94134 & 94124 February 23, 24 & 25
Mission, Bernal Heights, Mission Bay 94110 & 94158 March 2, 3 & 4
Russian Hill, Telegraph Hill, North Beach, Cow Hollow, Marina 94109, 94133 & 94123 March 9, 10 & 11
Sunset, Parkside, Stonestown, Lakeshore, St. Francis Woods 94122, 94116, 94127 & 94132 March 16, 17 & 18
Richmond, Seacliff, Western Addition, Pacific Heights, Laurel Heights, Presidio 94121, 94118, 94115 & 94129 March 23, 24 & 25
Castro, Noe Valley, Diamond Heights, Miraloma Park, Cole Valley, Haight 94117, 94114 & 94131 March 30, 31 & April 1

About the California Academy of Sciences
The California Academy of Sciences is open to the public at 875 Howard Street. The Academy is the fourth largest natural history museum in the United States, home to Steinhart Aquarium, Morrison Planetarium and the Natural History Museum. The Academy is in the midst of an extensive rebuilding project in Golden Gate Park. Pritzker prize-winning architect Renzo Piano is designing the new Academy, which is expected to open in 2008.

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The California Academy of Sciences is home to Steinhart Aquarium, Morrison Planetarium and the Kimball Natural History Museum. The Academy is in the midst of an extensive rebuilding project in Golden Gate Park. Pritzker prize-winning architect Renzo Piano is designing the new Academy, which is scheduled to open on September 27, 2008. (415) 379-8000.

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