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The Exploratorium

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Address: Pier 15, on the Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone Number:
+1 415-528-4444
10:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Thu 18:00 - 22:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

Experience the Exploratorium, a hands-on museum of science, art, and human...

Experience the Exploratorium, a hands-on museum of science, art, and human perception that's dedicated to the excitement of experimentation, the pleasure of discovery, and the power of play. Indulge your curiosity in over 600 exhibits-indoors and out-and explore eye-opening ways to understand the world around you. Don't miss the iconic Tactile Dome, where you can take an interactive excursion in total darkness using your sense of touch as your only guide (be sure to make a reservation in advance). There's also a unique museum store plus two delicious places to eat: the SeaGlass restaurant, which has a stunning Bay view, and the Seismic Joint cafe. Located at Pier 15 along San Francisco's Embarcadero between Pier 39 and the Ferry Building, the Exploratorium is easy to get to by public transportation (the F-Market & Wharves Historic Streetcar stops out front and it's a ten-minute walk from BART or MUNI) plus there's parking nearby. Tickets are available online (recommended) or at the door.

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Wish we had more time there- so much to see and do - for any age- educational and fun - allow plenty of time-

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Appleton, Wisconsin
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Appleton, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Wish we had more time there- so much to see and do - for any age- educational and fun - allow plenty of time-

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

When the weather was rainy on our visit to San Francisco, we spent nearly a whole day here. And we didn't even get to see everything!! There are so many activities and things to learn about that it's entertaining even for adults. Of course the morning was busy with school groups but we did manage to still try a lot... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Only a few cool spots for older kids! way to crowded as there must have been 20 schools on field trips that day! A little too pricey as well. Only spent about 1 hour there

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Last night the place was packed with adults playing with all the machines and sipping cocktails. There were neat lecture series too. What a brilliant idea to have an "adult swim" in a museum at night.

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Union City, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Exploratorium is a fun place to visit. We have gone there with younger and older kids. This attraction takes at least half a day.

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Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Unfortunately, we did not have as much time here as we were hoping, but nonetheless it was a great visit! It was great for children and adults of all ages to learn through play. My husband and I are not from the coast so we enjoyed the coast exhibits that educated us on storms, weather patterns, etc. We originally visited... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place was great for kids, endless fun and education. kids liked the fact they both touched a stingray and a starfish! worth the stop.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It was New Year's Day -- very busy with lots of children running around. However, it wasn't difficult to participate in the exhibits -- we just needed to wait a little bit from time to time as we made our way around. We all found something that was interesting and a little bit different. A real asset to the San... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Was our last day of the GO SF card which included the Exploratarium entry as well. I am always keen on science related museums but am yet to come across such a set up which allows you to interact with science hands on.... each installation does! I would suggest for adults to go when they open late evening 6-10pm adults... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I just took my two-year-old grandaughter and she especially loved watching two mice figure out a ladder arrangement. The teen-ager was embarrassed that the waterfountain was part of a toilet! Surprises wherever you turned! There is something for everyone to learn, without pain.

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