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CuriOdyssey, San Mateo

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Science Museum · Hidden Gem · Specialty Museum
CuriOdyssey is a science museum and zoo for children and families where visitors see wild animals up-close and play with kid-friendly science exhibits. CuriOdyssey is home to nearly 100 rescued animals, most native to California, that cannot survive in the wild. CuriOdyssey's custom-designed exhibits are a science playground where kids play with scientific phenomena, including physical forces, perceptions, and reflections, patterns in nature and backyard science.

Located at 1651 Coyote Point Drive in San Mateo, California, it is part of the Coyote Point Recreation Area, which overlooks the San Francisco Bay. The museum was founded in 1954 as the San Mateo County Junior Museum, and is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

CuriOdyssey connects kids to nature with daily public animal feedings and educational programs where visitors meet the museum's Animal Ambassadors. CuriOdyssey is a member of the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). CuriOdyssey also participates in the Museums for All program, offering free admission and reduced-cost membership to qualifying families.
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  • A friend of ours wanted to take our son and her son. We saw the price of admission and it was more than the SF or Oakland Zoo. If she hadn’t offered to pay, we would have waited at the park down the.....  more »
  • Curiodyssey is a great way to see animals and do fun activities like science projects. They are very hands-on.  more »
  • Such an awesome place to bring your little ones. Our two year old loves CuriOdyssey. Their zoo is filled with adorable (and some creepy) local animals. Our little one especially loves the bobcats, eagles, and sea otter. The zoo is the perfect size. Not too big, not too small. Just the perfect amount amount of nature to hang out with for an afternoon. And when you're done with the zoo, they have an entire interactive, hands-on science museum to go play and learn from. Lots of awesome exhibits that are both fun and educational. I would highly recommend a visit if you have a toddler, and if you live in the area, the annual membership is totally worth it.
  • Animals were very active and "friendly" (coming right up to the glass to get a closer look at us) when we went. We love the combination of zoo and science museum. It has a bit of everything for the whole family. We loved it and can't wait to go back again! Pro tip: if you have a zoo or aquarium membership somewhere else, you may be able to get a discount or free admission when you show the membership card and your ID ;-)
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