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The Exploratorium

Pier 15, on the Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111
+1 415-528-4360
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Ranked #16 of 377 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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Leerdam, The Netherlands
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I liked this 'museum'. It's very interactive and educational and since I was there on a schoolday, it was not very busy. There were almost too many things to see or do, so I'd definitely recommend going at least all afternoon or maybe even longer. You can get a stamp that will allow you back in (though I think only... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

Unlike any other "museum" I've ever been too! We could have stayed all day. Room after room of the most incredible science experiments ever imagined. Great for all ages - seriously 2yr olds were having as much fun as 80 yr olds! The employees were so friendly and obviously LOVE their jobs.

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Ahmedabad, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

I spent most of my one day in SF out here. A great place , lots of interactive games, puzzles and kits. If you have kids, you must plan atleast one full day out here. Has a great science gift shop and a good eatery. Your kids will love it. The best hands-on science centre in the world.

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San Luis Obispo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

This is one of the great treasures of San Francisco. I remember coming here in the early 70's and it was the spark for my interest in science. The exhibits take complex scientific concepts and turn them into simple, fun, interactive exhibits. The new space is a great improvement on the old location at the Palace of Fine Arts. Plan... More

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Bloomfield Hills
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

We went here for the afternoon. No kids, just my husband and I. We had a blast. This place is not just for kids. We had as much fun as any kid.

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Loved the Exploratorium. We took our children aged 6 and 9 they had a ball. We didn't get to see everything , simply because we didn't allow enough time. If you get the chance defiantly worth the visit

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Vicente Lopez, Buenos Aires
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

It's so much fun and interesting, we spent three hours there and didn't get to see half of it. You can't visit San Francisco with your kids and miss the Exploratorium.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This museum is great for kids and adults alike. Everything is hands on so you are learning without even realising! The museum is pretty big so allow a few hours to get around everything.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Cheaper than regular price, wine/beer in hand, no children running and screaming about, nicely located in wharf area, and a hands on science center type venue. What's not to love?

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We liked it too. There were many facets of this museum that you don't see in most museums. It was worth seeing.

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