The California Academy of Sciences is another great example of an environmentally friendly museum. The CAS is the only place on the planet with an aquarium, a planetarium, a natural history museum, and a 4-story rainforest all under one roof. It’s a stunning architectural achievement with hundreds of unique exhibits and nearly 40,000 live animals. Designed by famed museum architect Renzo Piano, his masterstroke of design lies in making the park’s environment such a visible part of the building itself. Situated in the enormous Golden Gate Park across from the de Young Art Museum, the CAS rooftop features seven undulating green hillocks which pay homage to the iconic topography of San Francisco and blurs the boundary between building and parkland. The museum is a LEED certified building and is the largest public Platinum-rated building in the world and the world’s greenest museum with a total score of 54 points. The California Academy of Sciences is a MUST SEE for anyone visiting San Francisco, one of my favorite cities in the United States and an amazing destination for museum lovers.
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