Press Release

Andrew Ng (415) 379-5123

Stephanie Stone (415) 379-5121

Academy of Sciences offers innovative audio tours of the aquarium

SAN FRANCISCO (March 1, 2007) Thanks to the latest innovations in audio technology, visitors to the California Academy of Sciences can add some twenty-first century flair to their aquarium-going experience. Free audio tours of Steinhart Aquarium are now available, in both English and Spanish, for download to any Apple iPod or MP3 player. Visitors can download them from the comfort of home. Alternatively, audio equipment is available for loan on-site until Labor Day.

The tours currently highlight nine different exhibits in the aquarium, including the 20,000-gallon coral reef tank, African penguin colony, seahorse tank, the slithering inhabitants of SSsssnake Alley, and more. The anecdotes and fun facts relayed by different Academy scientists go well beyond the exhibit text, offering an insider's perspective on animal husbandry, exhibit design, and conservation efforts.

In addition to iPod tours, the Academy currently provides cell phone audio tours and a regularly-updated podcast called Science in Action. These programs are all part of the Academy's ongoing efforts to use cutting-edge technology in its mission to explore, explain, and protect the natural world.


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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