California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco Photos

The San Francisco California Academy of Sciences (aka Steinhart Aquarium) is located in Golden Gate Park just across from the de Young Museum of art. The environmentally optimized building with a living roof (2008) was designed by Renzo Piano. A building-sized atrium contains two giant domes, one containing a rain forest and the second a planetarium.

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California Academy of Science in Golden Gate Park setting. San Francisco, CA.California Academy of Science by Renzo Piano with living roof. San Francisco, CA.California Academy of Science entrance facade by architect Renzo Piano. San Francisco, CA.California Academy of Science surrounded by solar panel overhang. San Francisco, CA.
California Academy of Science in Golden Gate Park setting. San Francisco, CA.California Academy of Science (2008) by Renzo Piano with living roof. San Francisco, CA.California Academy of Science entrance facade by architect Renzo Piano. San Francisco, CA.California Academy of Science surrounded by solar panel overhang. San Francisco, CA.
California Academy of Science rear entrance facade by architect Renzo Piano. San Francisco, CA.Living roof with native plants at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Living roof with round skylights atop California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Rolling hills of living roof mimic seven hills of San Francisco at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.
California Academy of Science rear entrance facade by architect Renzo Piano. San Francisco, CA.Living roof with native plants at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Living roof with round skylights atop California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Rolling hills of living roof mimic seven hills of San Francisco at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.
Solar panel abuts living roof at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.De Young Museum seen from roof of California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Yellow Evening Primrose on living roof at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Ceiling architecture at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.
Solar panel abuts living roof at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.De Young Museum seen from roof of California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Yellow Evening Primrose on living roof at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Ceiling architecture at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.
T-Rex skeleton at entrance of California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Whale skeleton hanging in California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Colorful reef at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Lighting system to keep reefs alive at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.
T-Rex skeleton at entrance of California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Whale skeleton hanging in California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Colorful reef at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Lighting system to keep reefs alive at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.
Planetarium dome inside California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Rainforest dome inside California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Rainforest dome & central Piazza inside California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Relief portrait of Ignatz Steinhart donor of original Steinhart Aquarium in 1923 at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.
Planetarium dome inside California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Rainforest dome inside California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Rainforest dome & central Piazza inside California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Relief portrait of Ignatz Steinhart donor of original Steinhart Aquarium in 1923 at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.
Classic Steinhart Aquarium poster at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Display of treasures from the Steinhart Aquarium Archives at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Original bronze seahorse from old Steinhart Aquarium building at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Rainforest interior at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.
Classic Steinhart Aquarium poster at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Display of treasures from the Steinhart Aquarium Archives at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Original bronze seahorse from old Steinhart Aquarium building at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Rainforest interior at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.
Rainforest foliage at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Rainforest foliage at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Arapaima <i>Arapaima gigas</i> at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Water monitor <i>Varanus salvator</i> from Southeast Asia at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.
Rainforest foliage at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Rainforest foliage at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Arapaima (Pirarucu) Arapaima gigas at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Water monitor Varanus salvator from Southeast Asia at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.
Cave rat snake <i>Elaphe taeniura ridleyi</i> from Borneo at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Flying snake <i>Chrysopelea paradisi</i> from Indonesia, Malaysia & Thailand at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Red-tailed green rat snake <i>Ganyosoma oxycephala</i> from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand & Philippines at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Borneo river toad <i>Phrynoidis juxtaspera</i> from Indonesia, Borneo, Sumatra, Malaysia at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.
Cave rat snake Elaphe taeniura ridleyi from Borneo at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Flying snake Chrysopelea paradisi from Indonesia, Malaysia & Thailand at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Red-tailed green rat snake Ganyosoma oxycephala from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand & Philippines at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Borneo river toad Phrynoidis juxtaspera from Indonesia, Borneo, Sumatra, Malaysia at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.
Harlequin flying frog <i>Rhacophorus pardalis</i> from Indonesia, Malaysia & Thailand at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Cichlid fish at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Golden mantella frog <i>Mantella aurantiaca</i> from Madagascar at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Standing's day gecko <i>Phelsuma standingi</i> from Madagascar at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.
Harlequin flying frog Rhacophorus pardalis from Indonesia, Malaysia & Thailand at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Cichlid fish at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Golden mantella frog Mantella aurantiaca from Madagascar at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Standing's day gecko Phelsuma standingi from Madagascar at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.
Sambava tomato frog <i>Dyscophus guineti</i> from Madagascar at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Giant leaf-tailed gecko <i>Uroplatus fimbriatus</i> from Madagascar at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Madagascar plated lizard <i>Zonosaurus maximus</i> from Madagascar at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Green anaconda <i>Eunectes murinus</i> from South America at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.
Sambava tomato frog Dyscophus guineti from Madagascar at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Giant leaf-tailed gecko Uroplatus fimbriatus from Madagascar at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Madagascar plated lizard Zonosaurus maximus from Madagascar at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Green anaconda Eunectes murinus from South America at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.
Emerald tree boa from Amazon Basin at California Academy of Sciences, Steinhart Aquarium. San Francisco, CA.Boa constrictor ranges from Mexico to Paraguay at California Academy of Sciences, Steinhart Aquarium. San Francisco, CA.Violaceous euphonia <i>Euphonia violacea</i> bird at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Burnished-buff tanager <i>Tangara cayana</i> bird at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.
Emerald tree boa from Amazon Basin at California Academy of Sciences, Steinhart Aquarium. San Francisco, CA.Boa constrictor ranges from Mexico to Paraguay at California Academy of Sciences, Steinhart Aquarium. San Francisco, CA.Violaceous euphonia Euphonia violacea bird at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Burnished-buff tanager Tangara cayana bird at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.
Burnished-buff tanager <i>Tangara cayana</i> & Blue-gray tanager <i>Thraupis episcopus</i> birds at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Blue-gray tanager <i>Thraupis episcopus</i> bird at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Giant owl butterfly <i>Caligo memnon</i> on butterfly feeder at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Blue morpho butterfly <i>Morpho peleides</i> at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.
Burnished-buff tanager Tangara cayana & Blue-gray tanager Thraupis episcopus birds at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Blue-gray tanager Thraupis episcopus bird at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Giant owl butterfly Caligo memnon on butterfly feeder at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Blue morpho butterfly Morpho peleides at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.
Postman butterfly <i>Heliconius melpomene</i> at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Postman butterfly <i>Heliconius melpomene</i> at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Sara longwing butterfly <i>Heliconius sara</i> at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Shark jaw over passage to Steinhart Aquarium wing at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.
Postman butterfly Heliconius melpomene at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Postman butterfly Heliconius melpomene at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Sara longwing butterfly Heliconius sara at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Shark jaw over passage to Steinhart Aquarium wing at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.
Cyprus pond with albino alligator at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Albino alligator at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Bronze seahorses around alligator pond at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Four-eyed fish <i>Anableps anableps</i> from Amazon which sees above & below water at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.
Cyprus pond with albino alligator at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Albino alligator at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Bronze seahorses around alligator pond at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Four-eyed fish Anableps anableps from Amazon which sees above & below water at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.
Glass tunnel under rainforest pond at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Arapaima <i>Arapaima gigas</i> which can reach 2.4m in length at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Arapaima <i>Arapaima gigas</i> seen from below against rainforest dome at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Redtail catfish <i>Phractocephalus Hemioliopterus</i> at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.
Glass tunnel under rainforest pond at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Arapaima (Pirarucu) Arapaima gigas which can reach 2.4m in length at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Arapaima (Pirarucu) Arapaima gigas seen from below against rainforest dome at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Redtail catfish Phractocephalus Hemioliopterus at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.
Underwater reef view at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Underwater reef with urchins & stars at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Giant Sea Bass <i>Stereolepis gigas</i> at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Tidal touching pool at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.
Underwater reef view at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Underwater reef with urchins & stars at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Giant Sea Bass Stereolepis gigas at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Tidal touching pool at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.
Canary rockfish <i>Sebastes pinniger</i> at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.China rockfish <i>Sebastes nebulosu</i> at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Australian lungfish <i>Neoceratodus forsteri</i> which breathes partly through lungs at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Weedy seadragon <i>Phyllopteryx taeniolatus</i> at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.
Canary rockfish Sebastes pinniger at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.China rockfish Sebastes nebulosu at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Australian lungfish Neoceratodus forsteri which breathes partly through lungs at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Weedy seadragon Phyllopteryx taeniolatus at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.
Pot-bellied seahorse <i>Hippocampus abdominalis</i> at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.White-spotted jelly <i>Phyllorhiza punctata</i> at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Moray eel at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Burmese vine snake <i>Ahaetulla fronticincta</i> at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.
Pot-bellied seahorse Hippocampus abdominalis at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.White-spotted jelly Phyllorhiza punctata at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Moray eel at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Burmese vine snake Ahaetulla fronticincta at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.
Blue green chromis <i>Chromis viridis</i> over brain coral at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Reef viewing at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Wall of fish at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Laced moray eel <i>Gymnothorax favagineus</i> at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.
Blue green chromis Chromis viridis over brain coral at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Reef viewing at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Wall of fish at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Laced moray eel Gymnothorax favagineus at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.
Cownose ray <i>Rhinoptera javanica</i> at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Honeycomb ray <i>Himantura uarnak</i> at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Alligator Gar at California Academy of Sciences, Steinhart Aquarium. San Francisco, CA.Queen Angelfish at California Academy of Sciences, Steinhart Aquarium. San Francisco, CA.
Cownose ray Rhinoptera javanica at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Honeycomb ray Himantura uarnak at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Alligator Gar at California Academy of Sciences, Steinhart Aquarium. San Francisco, CA.Queen Angelfish at California Academy of Sciences, Steinhart Aquarium. San Francisco, CA.
Wild Discus fish from Amazon Basin at California Academy of Sciences, Steinhart Aquarium. San Francisco, CA.African Hall at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.African diorama at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.African Penguin <i>Spheniscus demersus</i> at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.
Wild Discus fish from Amazon Basin at California Academy of Sciences, Steinhart Aquarium. San Francisco, CA.African Hall at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.African diorama at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.African Penguin Spheniscus demersus at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.
African Penguin <i>Spheniscus demersus</i> at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Display on tectonic plates & earthquakes at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.

African Penguin Spheniscus demersus at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.Display on tectonic plates & earthquakes at California Academy of Science. San Francisco, CA.


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