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The Exploratorium

Pier 15, on the Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 528-4360
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Ranked #18 of 360 attractions in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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Type: Science Museums, Children's Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Enter a world of hands-on curiosity, discovery and play.Experience the Exploratorium, a unique interactive museum dedicated to the excitement of... more » Owner description: Enter a world of hands-on curiosity, discovery and play.Experience the Exploratorium, a unique interactive museum dedicated to the excitement of experimentation, the pleasure of discovery, and power of play. Part museum, part laboratory, part studio, we make it possible for people to see the world around them through new eyes.Indulge your curiosity across six galleries and more than 600 exhibits, as you play, and discover new ways to understand the world around you.Located at Pier 15 along the Embarcadero, between Pier 39 and the Ferry Building, the Exploratorium is a newly polished gem with a restaurant on the Bay, two gift shops and new outdoor exhibits, all located at a nexus of public transit and ample parking.Advanced tickets are available online to ensure quick and easy entry and a great visit. « less
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London
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31 reviews 31 reviews
3 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Fascinating and fun interactive science museum. Good for kids and adults alike, geeks and non-geeks too.

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Reno
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

The new location is very convenient to Bart. Walkable from the Embarcadero station. The Seaglass Restaurant at the Exploratorium has great view of the bay and Bay Bridge. Good, unique food and drinks but pricey. We probably only did 1/3rd of the exhibits - just because we enjoyed those we did and will save the rest for future trips.

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Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

So much science it is amazing. So many fun things to do and learn it was fantastic. Being a science teacher I wanted to take all the exhibits back to my own school. Staff are incredibly friendly. I easily spent 3 hours there and I would recommend an afternoon visit out of the school holidays if you can.

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Hobart, Australia
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

We, like everyone else in San Fran, visited The Exploratorium on a rainy day. Apparently it was a record crowd! However it's so spacious that the crowds didn't impede on the experience. Literally a place for young and old. I've spent the last 17 years telling my kids 'don't touch' but here go for it! So much fun.

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41 reviews 41 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

Its amazing for older kids. I did the membership but with my toddler boy found there were better options for his age

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Sao Paulo, SP
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53 reviews 53 reviews
23 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

I got a little tired after a 5-hour visit, but my two kids didn't seem to bother. Actually they would have stayed a littel longer...

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Los Angeles, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

It was quite amazing waking in there and find all sorts of hands-on stations for all ages to "play" with.

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Pleasanton, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

This is my son who is 9 most favorite science museum in SF. We visited twice already and he still pretty much enjoy it ever the second time around and he didn't want to leave. There are so many hand on thing, very educational stuffs. So many interesting exhibitions that kids all ages and adults will enjoy. It was so... More

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New Jersey
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

Our party of four adults (aged 43 to 51) and one child (age 11) arrived at the start of the day and couldn't tear ourselves away until they turned out the lights and kicked us out! Huge place with many, many hands on activities to keep everyone amused. There are also great views of the bay.

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Calgary, AB
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

This attraction was really good. Our kids (12 and 15) didn't want to leave and really enjoyed all the displays. I loved the toilet water fountain and the reactions it got. Great gift shops as well. Would definitely recommend and return. Quite busy but there's a reason for that.

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