California Academy of Sciences

California Academy of Sciences

California Academy of Sciences

The oldest scientific institution in the West, the California Academy of Sciences has reinvented itself in a new building in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park: the largest green building in the world open to the public—and the only one to house a research institute, aquarium, natural history museum, and planetarium.

The Morrison Planetarium opened in 1952, and its legacy continues into the 21st Century with a flexible all-digital system.

The Academy’s Visualization Studio produces fulldome content by tapping into the remarkable resources of the Bay Area: the collective experience of the studio’s staff in the visual effects industry totals more than 120 years, including work at Industrial Light & Magic, Pixar, and Lucasfilm Animation.

Opened in: 1853
System type: fixed
Category: Museum / Science Center
Dome size: 23 (m)
Number of seats: 290
CEO / Director: Ryan Wyatt - Director of Morrison Planetarium
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Theatre Details

Theater name: California Academy of Sciences
Dome Type: fixed
Dome System: Digital
Main Purpose: Education
Main Audience: Families
Opened in: 1853
Yearly average attendance: 650000

Dome Details

Dome Vendor: ADD vendor
Diameter: 23 (m)
Dome Shape: Geodesic
Dome Alignment: tilted
Dome Tilt: 30°

Video Equipment Details

Most recent upgrade: 2008
Projectors Configuration: Multi Channel
N° of Projectors: 6
Projectors Brand:
Projectors Technology: DLP
Closest Dome Resolution: 4K
Stereo 3D: None

Audio System

Audio System: Stereo System
Tot. N° of speakers:


Orientation: Unidirectional
N° of Seats: 290
Headrest Yes
Interactive device

Programming & Features

Programming & Features: Educational, Fulldome features
Additional features:

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People working at California Academy of Sciences

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Ryan Wyatt Ryan Wyatt


M. Josh Roberts M. Josh Roberts


M. Josh Roberts M. Josh Roberts

Media Artist

Cheryl Vanderbilt Cheryl Vanderbilt


M. Josh Roberts M. Josh Roberts Senior Planetarium Presenter Paulo Vergara Paulo Vergara Planetarium Licensing Sales

Productions & Co-Productions

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Fulldome Shows screened and screening here

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Pal O’ Me Heart
Dawn of the Space Age
Chaos & Order – A Mathematic Symphony
Bella Gaia

Contact Details

Address: 55 Music Concourse Drive
ZIP / Postal code: 94118
City: San Francisco, California, USA
Country: USA
Continent: North America
Latitude: 37°46'11.514"
Longitude: -122°27'57.942"
Phone: (415) 379-8000

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