Press Release

Helen Taylor (415) 379-5128

Stephanie Stone (415) 379-5121

California Academy of Sciences celebrates
CLOSING DAY at 875 Howard Street & starts its
“GREAT MIGRATION” back to Golden Gate Park

Bring a “housewarming” gift & get free admission on closing day - January 6th

San Francisco, CA (December 13, 2007) – The California Academy of Sciences celebrates the end of one chapter in its history and the beginning of another by inviting the public to a day-long Great Migration Celebration on January 6, 2008, after which the Howard Street museum and aquarium will close permanently.  Starting on January 7, the California Academy of Sciences will be closed to the public while it moves; the doors of its spectacular new home in Golden Gate Park will open in the fall of 2008.

WHAT: Great Migration Celebration – festivities include talks about the complex moving process, slideshows, and arts-and-crafts. It’s a lot of work to move a household – imagine moving an entire museum! Learn more about what it takes to do so, and hear the latest updates on the new Academy.

WHEN: Sunday, January 6, 2008 , 10 am – 5 pm ; Family-friendly activities scheduled throughout the day; closing ceremony at 4 pm

WHERE: 875 Howard Street , the temporary home of the California Academy of Sciences

WHY: The Academy has good reason to celebrate – its new home in Golden Gate Park is complete! After four years on Howard Street , the time has come to pack up and move all 38,000 live animals and 20 million research specimens back to the Park. Great care will be taken to keep the live animals comfortable during the transition, and to maintain the careful organizational system for the millions of specimens.

COST: For visitors who bring a “housewarming” gift from this Wish List – which includes cloth diapers for penguin chicks, wader boots for biologists, butterfly nets and much more – admission is free on January 6, 2008 . Access the Wish List online at, For all others, standard Howard Street admission fees apply: $10 adults; $6.50 youth 12-17, students with valid ID, and seniors 65+; $2 children 4-11; free for children 3 and under.

Among the live animals moving back to Golden Gate Park are pythons, African penguins, a 55-year old alligator gar, a giant Sea Bass, electric eels, and thousands of other species. Millions of delicate research specimens – including thousands of bird egg & nest sets, more than 200,000 spiders and scorpions, fishes of all sizes preserved in alcohol, and full-sized Native Alaskan kayaks – will also make the move.

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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