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California Academy of Sciences ~ A quick tour through its 155 year history. Our beginning on April 4 th , 1853 as the California Academy of Natural Sciences
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as the California Academy of Natural Sciences
“On the evening of April 4, 1853, seven men assembled in a candle-lit room at 129 Montgomery and founded the first academy of science west of the Atlantic seaboard.”
located at DuPont [Grant Avenue] and California Streets from 1872 to 1890.
With a bequest from James Lick, this stately, six story stone building was built at 833 Market Street [between Third and Fourth Streets].
The center archway leads to the museum in the rear building. The front building was an income producing commercial building.
The mammoth now dominates the second floor in this sky lit, open court of the museum.
Research offices were located on the top floors.
While the Academy was being destroyed by the 1906 earthquake, the Schooner Academy and its scientists [in suits] were on expedition in the Galapagos Islands.
became the beginning of the new Academy
January 1894 ~ The Concourse developed for the Mid-Winter International Exposition
San Francisco City / County charter ~ citizens voted in 1910 to authorize
a museum to be located in Golden Gate Park on the Concourse
These large doors are the public entrance to the first building, North American Hall. This 1925 view shows the entrance with the Francis Scott Key statue.
Steinhart Aquarium, the Academy’s second building, was dedicated on September 29, 1923, fulfilling Ignatz Steinhart's dream and bequest of a public aquarium for the city of San Francisco.
Visitors are viewing the center of three pools at the courtyard entrance.
The tile dome is Morrison Planetarium.
Sea horse railings and bronze doors sculpted by San Franciscan Edgar Walters with bronze produced by C.J. Hillard Company, Inc.
Tiles designed and produced by Solon and Schemmel of San Jose. “The lively intrusions of polychrome tiles into the prevailing sea-green ground tone are most happy in effect”.
Age: 1,710 years
African Watering Hole
Listening to the gorilla
Morrison Planetarium star projector
EarthQuake exhibit and theater
“Butterball” the manatee
Karren Elsbernd, Aimee Morgan, Larry Currie and volunteer Marilyn Duman