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Exploratorium

4.5/5108 Reviews
Museum
Tuesday-Sunday 10:00-17:00, Thursday night 18:00-22:00 (open to adults over 18), closed on Mondays and holidays.
Pier 15, on the Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111
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About Exploratorium

The Exploratorium is a museum in San Francisco that combines science, art and multimedia presentations in order to promote public understanding of scientific and natural phenomena. The museum has over four hundred exhibitions on display at any one time and over seven hundred total. Most of these were designed by in-house engineers and educators. Extremely popular as a children's activity, the Exploratorium has much to offer for adults as well, and is a great place to visit when in San Francisco.

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  • Kat Sun
    5.0

    I came here for Exploratorium After Dark with some coworkers. For $15, this is quite the experience! The space is large and there are quite a few things to check out, interact with, and learn about. It was kind of like a maze...so many things to look at! It got pretty crowded around 8pm. There's easy access to Pier 15 with Bart off of Market Street a couple of blocks away and there are several MUNI buses in the area. I wouldn't recommend driving if you're here for the After Dark event (with beers and cocktails going throughout the night).Overall a fun place to hang out with friends or even bring the family to learn something!

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  • Mimosa Chloe
    5.0

    The Exploratorium has finally opened on the Embarcadero, and it is spectacular. It's hard to imagine it being better than it's location at the Palace of Fine Arts, but they have managed. Just being on the waterfront, with a full glass back room for a view of the Bay Bridge, the Easy Bay, Alcatraz and more, is enough, but then there are the exhibits! Many classic favorites brought over from the old location, including the shadow room, the tactile dome, and many new exhibits and surprises as well. This is not just a kid place - definitely fun and interesting for people of all ages. Spend the whole day!

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  • GLSQ_****5123
    5.0

    This one is for the Kids, Oh OK adults too, You've got five senses and you'll use them all when you visit the Exploratorium, San Francisco's premier site for fun and science. Touch it, taste it, smell it, listen and see, it's all there for you to enjoy, but be forewarned, if your inner child has taken a haitus you're not gonna get the most from this exciting and informative 'musuem'. Imagine a science fair where you get to play with all the exibits and you'll have a fair idea of what this place is like. It's more fun than a box of puppies, your kids will love it and so will you.

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  • Sinead Hannan
    5.0

    A fabulous hands on day out for young and old alike. Whilst many of the experiences were a little advanced for my toddler and preschooler there was still so much to keep them entertained... In fact it's nice to know that they will grow with it, that this place can keep older kids mesmerized as well as younger ones. In fact I found myself tinkering with some of the displays! We enjoyed it so much we left as members and will be back on many occasions no doubt. Well worth a visit... Oh and surprisingly I had very little trouble getting street parking.

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  • GLSQ_****0170
    5.0

    If you've always itched to touch the exhibits in a museum, the Exploratorium is the science museum for you. Family friendly, the exhibits are geared for all ages. (Find the two bowl-shaped seats located about half-way into the main space; sit in one, and get a friend to sit in the other. Just do it.) The Exploratorium is next to the Palace of Fine Arts and is within walking distance of Crissy Field. And if you're really up for a hike (and are bundled up) you can walk from here to the base of the Golden Gate Bridge and Fort Point.

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  • Trip Editorial Team
    5.0

    In a new and completely modern location right on the Embarcadero (at Pier 15 near Fisherman's Wharf), this gold standard of children's museums is a pioneer in interactive learning. You know all those stuffy museums where you have to be quiet and you can't touch anything? Pshaw. You are required to touch, smell, pick up, turn over, or feel just about every exhibit here. The Exploratorium is famous for its Tactile Dome, an enclosed orb where visitors have to pass a field of objects in total darkness, using touch as their only sense.

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  • Katie Worth
    5.0

    Of course this place is great for kids, but in my opinion, it's the perfect place for a grown-up date as well. It's full of toys and hands-on experiments that push you to understand the world around you. Every single exhibit is hands on - some are simple and fun - an echo chamber, a bubble exhibit - others are complex and fascinating, like an exhibit on how sound works, and neuroscience exhibits. THis place leaves me feeling delighted and curious and in love with the world every time I visit.

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  • GLSQ_****9999
    5.0

    On Thursday nights, the Exploratorium offers half-price, adult-only nights. Once per month, these Thursday nights are also "After Hours" themed parties, which vary by theme but usually have something to do with their interaction-based approach to science education and exhibition curation. A great date night spot or just to go with friends, the space has drinks available and a seemingly neverending range of interactive exhibits to learn all about different scientific principals, including social science.

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  • GLSQ_****0005
    5.0

    You don't even have to be a kid to love this place, but it will bring out the kid in you. Find out how to fake a smile, why we smell, and feel your way through total darkness. Bonus: The drop-dead gorgeous Palace of Fine Arts (and lake -- bring bread crumbs for the swans and ducks) built for the San Francisco World's Fair are next door and yummy restaurants are a short walk away in the Marina District. Kids could spend an entire day here without getting bored.

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  • Dede Tisone
    5.0

    The new Exploratorium is on the Embarcadero and opened in April 2013. It is located on pier 15 and the views of the bay from the end of the pier are spectacular. But the most fun is just to go to play and learn about science. Eat at the exceptional restaurant to buy off the food carts that you will find around the building. Thursday nights are Adults only. Don't miss it if you have time.

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