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The Exploratorium

Pier 15, on the Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111
+1 415-528-4360
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Exploratorium Admission: Thursday Evening Happy...
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Ranked #9 of 317 Attractions in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Children's Museums, Science Museums, Museums
Fee: Yes
Owner description: Experience the Exploratorium, a hands-on museum of science, art, and...
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Type: Children's Museums, Science Museums, Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Hours:
Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

I brought my children (11 and 8), and we easily spent the whole day there. As an adult visiting the museum, I found a lot of difficult scientific and social scientific concepts explained in understandable and engaging ways. My kids got varying degrees of information from the displays, but what they loved was how interactive everything was. The 11-year-old got... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

A great place for kids and adults to explore science ideas! It was like a place with so many experiments for the public to explore and understand the differnet concepts of science in a fun way. The kids had a great time!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

We took our kids and were amazed at how much we enjoyed all the exhibits and activities. Always something you learn, or re-learn from high school days. Really aimed at keeping kids imaginations aware of their surroundings.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

Children and adults alike will enjoy the novel, interactive displays. We had as much fun as our little ones.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 NEW

Right on the wharf, this is an attraction for everyone. Mostly all exhibits are "hands on" so it's all great fun, especially for kids. But don't get me wrong, there's lots of serious science going on too.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

There is literally hundreds of hands-on science experiments on site and I was mentally exhausted after visiting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Visited the place with two other friends (all adults) and I think we had as much fun as the school kids trying out the science projects. A great learning experience, and the facilities/exhibits are nothing short of excellent. Interesting rotating side exhibits, too, so remember to check those out!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We always like science centres when we go to a new city but this one is outstanding. I typically expect exhibits focused on elementary kids with some broken/unusable but this is a large facility with really interesting exhibits and well worth the visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

This is a must-do attraction in San Francisco, especially if you are visiting with kids. There is so much hands-on science at the Exploratorium, that you need to spend a whole day there, and even that does not feel enough. There are science projects in electricity, physics, light, refraction, electromagnetism, etc. and great explanations as to how these projects work.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Well not actually when we were there, but at the end of MI4 he walked across the misting bridge, but that's beside the point... We could have spent much longer here, the boys loved it. There are different zones to explore within that are covered in the entry cost. We paid extra for the sensory course which was well worth... More 

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