"Altum Angel Fish," Photograph, Rita Prigioni
Bureau of Communications, Facilities and Operations; Division of
Was on Display:
December 2010 - February 2011
"A MUST SEE—The California Academy of Sciences in San
Francisco's Golden Gate Park.
The summer of 2010, my husband and I visited our son, who is studying
in San Francisco to become a graphic designer. One of the highlights of
our trip was visiting the amazing California Academy of Sciences. It is
actually much more than a single museum. It is a natural history museum,
planetarium, aquarium, and rainforest dome, as well as being home to a
world-class research institution with over 25 million specimens in its
Each month, the Academy designates one day when admission is free to
the public. We were in luck, we thought, as we were in San Francisco on
the free day. Making our way across town on the city buses and walking
several blocks, we arrived an hour later, only to be greeted by a line to
get into the museum that stretched for miles all around the Academy! We
knew we'd never make it in that day, but instead of getting discouraged
since we had come all that way, we decided to tour the beautiful grounds
in the Golden Gate Park instead. The sun was shining, so we had a gorgeous
day walking through the peaceful gardens at Golden Gate Park, making it
another highlight of our trip.
A few days before our departure back to Madison, we decided to give the
Academy of Sciences another try. We arrived early in the morning and had
no trouble getting in this time. We began our exploration with a short
film in the planetarium, followed by the aquarium, natural history museum
and finishing up with the 4-story rainforest dome.
Throughout our exploration, we were also impressed with the design of
the building. Environmentally, this Academy promises to be the greenest
museum on the planet, having earned the platinum rating (highest rating
possible) for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). This
commitment to sustainability applies to all facets of the facility. And,
the food in their café is local, organic and extremely tasty.
To say the least, we thoroughly enjoyed our visit. There was so much to
see as it was filled with hundreds of innovative and engaging exhibits and
thousands of animals and plants. Of these sampling of photographs, four of
them are from inside the “Rainforests of the World and Philippine Coral
Reef Gallery.” The first photograph, however, is of a peach-colored
flower, floating peacefully in the water, a reminder of the day we spent
walking through the Golden Gate Park.
I invite you all to visit these wonderful places if you are ever in San
Francisco. Websites: http://www.calacademy.org/
Sample images from the art display at 1 West Wilson
Street. Select each image to open a larger version.
September 03, 2013