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The Exploratorium

Pier 15, on the Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111
+1 415-528-4360
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Ranked #20 of 377 Attractions in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Science Museums, Children's Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Experience the Exploratorium, a hands-on museum of science, art, and human perception that's dedicated to the excitement of experimentation, the... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Rutherford, New Jersey
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

We visited with our twelve-year old son, and there was so much to do and explore. Nice space, fun exhibits, great location - we started that day at the Ferry Building and then walked up to the Exploratorium. We stayed for several hours; used our Citypass for entrance. It was crowded by mid-afternoon, but there was enough room for this... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

While quite expensive, our whole family enjoyed the interactive exhibits. There are also some beautiful views of SF from inside.

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Leatherhead, Surrey
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

An amazing science museum that we only visited as it cam as part of our city pass. Planned to stay for 30minutes but stayed for 2 hours and could have stayed longer. It was packed with children but it was still possible to find attractions to 'explore'

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Cozumel, Mexico
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

This is a great day and you need lots of time. There is soo much to do inside the exploratorium, a great day for both adults and kids. We had a blast. It is an great and interesting way to get kids to understand the working of science etc in a fun and interesting enviorment for ALL the family. Book... More

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Oakland, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

We loved all the interactive exhibits. My son loves science and asked to go (although we've been to the Exploratorium lots of times in its old location). We spent 3 hours there, and all of us had a great time.

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Melville, New York, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

This is an amazing place that the whole family enjoyed. Every inch of it has cool interactive exhibits. We had to come back a second day to see it all. Highly recommended.

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Portland, OR
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42 reviews 42 reviews
14 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Went with the kids - aged 11 and 14 - had to drag them out. Fun educational exhibits - all hands on. Easy to spend a day there. If you are traveling with a family may consider getting a membership. Only ding is that food wasn't great for picky eaters.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

That is the best way to do the exploratorium as there are no annoying noisy kids and so it less crowded. They also serve alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages which makes everything better! Also a must do is the tactile dome!

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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Visited the Exploratorium with my 3 adult kids. Shocked at the high entry fee (currently $29/adult) but in the end it was worth it. Lots of really cool hands-on exhibits to explore, though certainly not for the germaphobe and if scads of ill-mannered, noisy children bother you, I'd recommend to visit during the adult-only hours. (For example, I was interacting... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW via mobile

The exploratorium was awesome! Literally 99% of the things there were hands on and they were all super fun! The tactile dome was awesome too although $15 is a bit steep it was worth it though because we got to go 6 times.

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