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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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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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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A wonderful way to spend the day

Went there for a company sponsored event but had a lot of fun exploring all the exhibits. This is surely one of the most educating way to spend a day with family and kids. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
Akshaya S
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Noida, India
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Noida, India
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Went there for a company sponsored event but had a lot of fun exploring all the exhibits. This is surely one of the most educating way to spend a day with family and kids. The little ones would surely learn a lot from all this place has to offer.

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Henderson, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

This is one of my favorite spots in San Francisco. There are so many different things to do, and there are plenty of things to do for the little kids. Definitely plan on spending a few hours in here.

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

We loved it. The diversity of stuff to get into was great. My favorite part was the guy who built SF out of toothpicks. It's a marvel to see! The exhibits were engaging and exciting. Great for families, teens, adults, everyone!

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Spent most of a very enjoyable day with grandchildren ages 9, 7 and 5 at the new upgraded location. Impossible to cover everything in a single trip, especially depending on the interest level of children. One activity the kids loved was the pendulum drawing which requires advanced reservation in person around 2:00 pm. So check sign up times which go... More 

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Scottsdale
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

New location makes it even better than before. So much to explore, experience, and learn. There for three hours and not one minute of downtime. Love the space devoted to the exhibits. Getting to see all with not being on top of one another is fantastic.

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Aliso Viejo, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

This place was amazing and the boys loved it! There were so many interactive exhibits and things for everyone to do. We spent 2.5 hours exploring and learning. Very fun to do with the kids.

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Denver, Colorado
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

yes, this is for children, so if you want to stay away, it might be good to go on a school day. we were there for 8 hours and still could have stayed, there is so much to see, do and read! My brain was overstimulated by the time we left, love the visuals, and interactive things. Love how we... More 

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Henderson, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Took a few hours to do on one of their nite time specials.. Had a great time w/ family. Still talking about facts discovered and interactive displays

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

We could have spent all day in this place. It kept us interested and entertained for hours! Fun for all ages.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

We came here to visit with friends and a 7 year old and had a great time. With or without kids a great place to learn and have an interactive experience...

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