After many years of reconstruction, the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park has finally opened.
The big feature is the ‘green roof’, shown here:
The surface features a variety of plants which should thrive year-round:
The Steinhart aquarium has been re-created below ground, where it connects with the spherical rainforest above:
Old favorites such as Africa Hall have been restored:
Long-time visitors to the old museum will remember the decorative railings surrounding the alligator pit, which have been restored:
For more nostalgia, the SFGate has a blog entry on people’s memories of the old museum before its renovation. But there’s no doubt the new museum reflects the moment of its creation — the trash cans all say “Landfill” for non-recyclable items: