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Last weekend Mr. VV and I finally made a trip to the new(ish) California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. We have been meaning to go for years, but never got around to it. I was super excited because this museum, which was completely remodeled a few years ago, was my favorite museum when I was a kid. I went on many field trips here over the years. Here you can see right in the middle is a huge bio-dome with free-flying birds and butterflies!

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A small black tip shark greeted us when we came in.

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And a GIGANTIC leopard spotted stingray. I mean this dude’s stinger was super long…

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There it is. Eeek.

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The water in the tide-pool area is so pretty. Many colorful sea urchins in it and actual waves. I really wanted to jump in!

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Cute giraffe.

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My favorite part of the museum is what I call the stuffed animal area. ๐Ÿ™‚ Even when I was a kid I was totally fascinated with these little worlds behind glass. I always loved making dioramas out of shoe-boxes, and this reminds me of a gigantic sized diorama. Makes me want to go make one right now actually.

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I can’t remember what these things were but the one standing up reminds me of Squirt! She always does this. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Lion pride.

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While walking through the exhibit all the sudden I heard this growl and I looked up. This is what I saw, a leopard in a tree waiting to pounce!

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On the roof of the building you can look out over at the DeYoung Museum right across the way.

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Right where you see those trees at the bottom of the photo is where we always ate lunch on my field trips.

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The roof is a sustainable “living roof”. Pretty cool and futuristic looking.

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These friends were on the inside of the Bio-dome.

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Butterfly inside bio-dome.

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Creepy-ass HUGE spider inside exhibit in bio-dome. This sucker was huge. I would die from fright if I ever saw one outside a container.

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This cute little baby mountain lion was inside a learning area. They have spots when they are little. He’s about Chewbacca’s size!


Written by Kelly
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