After being completely rebuilt, due to damage from the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. The California Academy of Sciences re-opened September 28th, 2008. The building covers 400,000 square feet and is among the newest natural history museums in the United States. The new building includes an array of environmentally friendly features.
- Produces 50 percent less waste water than previously
- Recycles rainwater for irrigation
- Uses 60,000 photovoltaic cells
- Supports a green roof with an area of 2.5 acres
- Uses natural lighting in 90 percent of occupied spaces
- Was constructed of over 20,000 cubic yards of recycled concrete
- Construction includes 11 million pounds of recycled steel
- Wall insulation made from scraps of recycled denim
There are many different exhibits, shows, tours, special events, and lectures to explore. Oh don’t forget to check out Claude, the albino American alligator. Some of my favorites are the Morrison Planetarium shows where you can reach out to galaxies and the cosmos. Another favorite is stopping by and seeing the Penguin feedings. The Steinhart Aquarium is one you wont want to miss. Thursday nights, adults 21 and over can enjoy live music and special activities. There’s so much to see, you can’t see it all in one day. I recommend planning out ahead of time what you want to see that has shown times and get your tickets. Then plan what exhibits you want to walk around between your show times. Check out the link below for more info.