Get the skinny on a skink

August 3, 2009 3:53:26 PM PDT
Bart Shepherd, curator for the Steinhart Aquarium at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, stopped by our studio with some unusual animal friends.

INFORMATION FROM THE MUSEUM:

Extended summer hours at The California Academy of Sciences
From August 3 - September 8, 2009
Museum to stay open until 8:00 pm every Monday and Tuesday night

WHAT: Summer nights in San Francisco just got steamier. Visitors to the California Academy of Sciences can now enjoy the four-story rainforest exhibit, the swampy alligator habitat, the mangrove lagoon, and the rest of the museum's exhibits and shows until 8:00 pm every Monday and Tuesday from August 3 through September 8, 2009. San Francisco residents and tourists alike can take advantage of the long summer days to visit the Academy during off-peak times for Golden Gate Park-and to catch some of the aquarium's nocturnal animals at their most active.

WHO: Visitors interacting with snakes, frogs, penguins, and thousands of other live animals; families enjoying "dinner and a museum"; astronomy buffs taking in an evening planetarium show; and tourists exploring San Francisco's most visited cultural attraction.

WHEN: Every Monday and Tuesday from August 3 though September 8, 2009
All exhibits will be open until 8:00 pm

WHERE: California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco

WHY: "We have been delighted by the strong interest that San Francisco residents and visitors have shown in the new Academy since we opened last September," says Dr. Greg Farrington, executive director of the Academy. "These extended summer hours will help ensure that everyone who wants to visit with our penguins and zoom through our digital Universe is able to do so."

MORE: Throughout the extended summer hours program, all of the Academy's exhibits will remain open until 8:00 pm on Monday and Tuesday nights, and the planetarium and 3D theater will offer additional shows. The Academy café will also remain open, giving working parents the opportunity to bring their kids to the Academy for "dinner and a museum" as a special weeknight treat.

About the museum:
The California Academy of Sciences is home to Steinhart Aquarium, Morrison Planetarium, Kimball Natural History Museum, and world-class research and education programs-all under one living roof. The new Academy, designed by award-winning architect Renzo Piano, opened to the public on September 27. Admission to the Academy is: $24.95 for adults; $19.95 for youth ages 12 to 17, Seniors ages 65+ and students with valid ID; $14.95 for children ages 7 to 11; and free for children ages 6 and younger. The Academy is free to the public on the third Wednesday of each month. Admission fees include all exhibits and shows. Hours are 9:30 am - 5:00 pm Monday - Saturday, and 11:00 am - 5:00 pm on Sunday. The Academy is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Website: http://www.calacademy.org
Phone: (415) 379-8000


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