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The Exploratorium

Pier 15, on the Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111
+1 415-528-4360
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Ranked #18 of 374 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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Dothan, AL
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34 reviews 34 reviews
15 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

We visited the Exploratorium late in the day after a visit to Google glass. It was really just an afterthought. We have been to 9-10 science museums/children's museums around the country and thought we had worn that genre out. However, this museum had more and better exhibits than any we had ever experienced in the same type of facility. Despite... More

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Worth a visit for kids of all ages. Take your time and be patient please. Lots of interesting exhibits

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Mendocino, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
17 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

took our granddaughter to the Exploratorium and we all had such a great time. last time we went it was still in the old location. this one is much better. we did not realize that you had to have separate tickets for the "dome where you touch things in the dark". tickets were sold out by the time we got... More

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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Great educational experience. I would recommend a few trips to the Exploratorium as you can't explore it all in one day. Go to their website to check out the schedules of timed events so you can plan it out earlier. It's huge and little kids can get tired. We had to take frequent breaks so that our kids could also... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Overwhelming with scientific experiences, you could stay the day and still not do all of it, great for younger children, tough to do if you r just visiting San Fran. For a quick visit, worth it

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Kings Park, New York
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

My family loves a good science museums and this ranks among one of the best we have been to. It is fun and the lay out of the exhibits are great. It encompasses everything from the rain forest to a great aquarium. It is expensive so look for discount coupons !

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world citizen
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Part of our pass allowed free, well, discounted entry, so we went for it! Glad we did, although a bit on the basic side for adults, the kids will love it and the food was okay too. I think its best to come with an open mind and wallet. Pricey but again with kids and as part of the pass... More

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Oakland, CA
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

There is so much to see, read and try, best to not try to do it all in visit but split into two visits.

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La Mesa, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The location has changed & there are so many new exhibits. So glad that they kept some of the classic exhibits so that parents can enjoy the exhibits they loved as children with their children.

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San Francisco, CA
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30 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Great place for kids to learn & explore the sciences. The rainforest and planetarium are amazing. Nice aquarium, and hands on projects at times.

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