March 26, 2010 2:22 PM
Academy of Sciences
I'm so excited to share my experience at this wonderful place in Golden Gate Park! As you may know the Academy of Science is the huge museum with its special features of the planetarium, four story rain forest, and "underground" aquarium. For those 21 and older, you can go Thursday nights for 12 dollars and explore the whole place! I had the opportunity to do that yesterday and it was amazing. The rain forest closed at 7 30 due to animal feeding regimen/sleeping patterns but you just come earlier to check it out! Besides that, I got to see the aquarium and (for those bio 1b students) Galapagos islands! Well, the replica. Not only that,at the aquarium, I saw a seahorse -I think it's called leaf seahorse that can camouflage due to it looking like a twig with leaves! Yes, thanks to bio 1b, I couldn't stop explaining to my friends that this was an evolutionary phenomena! That was by far the most interesting creature in the aquarium.
At another area, there was this pendulum that showed earth rotated and moved via knocking blocks down every 1/2 hour, proving that the pendulum didn't just move back and forth at the same spot! It's amazing!!! It takes I think, 39 hours to knock down the stack of blocks.
I also got to see a huge bird that is now extinct in Madagascar - it looks like a dinosaur! Its egg is 12g!!! It's 4 times the size of the chicken egg. What's sad is that due to human hunting and pollution, most of Madagascar animals( and pretty much in CA too), are becoming and some are, extinct.
Those were some of the things that really leapt out but overall, this is a fantastic place. The museum is also situated beautifully next to other attractions like Tea garden, de Young museum; it's very relaxing and refreshing!
Due to the huge diversity that the museum offers, it's a great way to spend time with friends while sipping on yummy cocktails. With general admission(if you aren't 21), it's still a great opportunity to check it out! I think you get to see more though-feeding, scuba diver lecturing on different fishes, but all in all, it's a great way to spend vacation! I encourage anyone of all ages to check it out!
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