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  • The new California Academy of Sciences

    Posted on October 27th, 2008 Jeff Keller No comments

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    I made it over to the new California Academy of Sciences museum in Golden Gate Park last week. I signed up for a membership so I could get myself and a guest (my dad, in this case) in for free, and without waiting in the long ticket lines.
    While the building was interesting, it didn’t seem like there’s really that much to do there. The best things are the Rainforest Dome and the aquarium, though both have poor guest flow (dead ends, exhibits that only one person can view at a time). The planetarium show was blurry and wasn’t what I expected in a science museum — too Discovery Channel for me. The living roof is very cool.
    It was sort-of interesting, but I can’t see myself going back very often. It’s pretty cool architecture, though hard to photograph due to light coming from every direction (you’ll see what I mean in the photos).
    Click the link to see a ton of photos taken with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1.

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    Outside
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    Near the front doors
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    Very high ceilings
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    The alligators are just like I remember from when I was a kid
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    The Rainforest Dome
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    Which is surrounded by water, some of which is part of the aquarium below
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    View from above
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    Here we are inside the dome, which is filled with birds, butterflies, fish, and plants
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    Looking down into the aquarium
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    Lots of really amazing butterflies
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    And these frogs, wow…
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    I always liked the fake “eye” on these huge butterflies
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    Now we’re down in the aquarium
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    This place needs some arrows on the floor, it’s a total maze
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    Yes, that’s a real fish
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    Jellies
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    The Living Roof is cool
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    There are seven “hills” on the roof, just like SF itself
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    Side of the planetarium
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    And above it
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    African Hall
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    Penguins!
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    Let’s finish this gallery with some tortoises

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