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The Exploratorium

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Address: Pier 15, on the Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone Number: +1 415-528-4360
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Description: 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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HUGE kids musdeum

This is the largest and best museum of its type I have been to. Very hands on. We spent 3 hours there and still didn't see it all.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

This is the largest and best museum of its type I have been to. Very hands on. We spent 3 hours there and still didn't see it all.

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

Faced with typical San Fran chilly weather, we decided to give our 11 and 13 year-old kids a break from architecture appreciation. We spent five hours there and still did not spend time with all the interactive exhibits of science in action. It is cleverly divided into sections, so kids can naturally gravitate to what interests them. Let them...you will... More 

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Orangeburg, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

It closes entirely too early (5pm). You can hardly get out of your meetings and gather your family together to enjoy the whole exhibit. The curator upon our entrance warned us that we only had and hour to tour 6 hours of exhibits. I thoroughly enjoyed this place. It brought out the scientific curiosity in me.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

This museum is full of interesting facts and gadgets for both young and old. Spend a couple of hours here and remember how cool science can be!

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Went on a Thursday night. Really fun exhibits but would have rather spent a few hours in 2 or 3 sections and then went back another day to look at more. Information overload! I liked the area that had to do with community and social good. There was a guy doing some cool card tricks, as well. Overpriced food and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Lots of hands-on activities for the kids and I, an amazing group of people working there to soak up some knowledge. A lot of fun overall for the entire group. recommend it!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Took my 10yr old here and spent the better part of a day. It's fun and educational. Lots of hands on exhibits to experiment and learn from. The cafeteria was grossly overpriced. I was really disappointed in the outrageous amounts they charged for food and drink.

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Monterey, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Have so much fun here. It is a different world . Expect to encounter curiosity and lots of smiles. And strollers. Fun.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

You can walk and walk and walk, and still feel like there's more to see. What an amazing upgrade at this new(er) location. Can't wait to come back.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

We took our kids to the Exploratorium many times when they were young but we hadn't been back since the move to the Embarcadero. What an amazing facility with something for everyone. Lots of hands-on activities, research areas with people working one can watch and sometimes question. Many stations require a partner so it helps to go with another person.... More 

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