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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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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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Great place many great displays

Went with 15 year old son and 12 year old daughter. Son was occupied for most of the time and daughter all time there. We were there close to 4 hours and most of the exhibits... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Went with 15 year old son and 12 year old daughter. Son was occupied for most of the time and daughter all time there. We were there close to 4 hours and most of the exhibits were great. Some things were ho-hum but it was more matter of personal taste.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

This was our second visit. Make sure you have plenty of time to really explore the entire place, a minimum of 1 1/2 - 2 hours to get thru. Kids of ALL ages (adults included) will love it.

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Huge area with Lots of hands on experiments for the kids to engage with or displays to view and explore. With two kids 7 and under we basically spent the best part of the day there until it closed. Only disappointment for us was the food choice / cost. Not a big drama as we got an exit pass and... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

If a kid, or adult, thought that they didn't like science then a visit to the Exploratorium will change that. So much fun & interesting displays that you'll be tempted to come back - & you should. Convenient location and nearby parking. Have fun...

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Could easily spend a full day here - plenty to do and very hands on. Would recommend - we combined with farmers market

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

This museum is very funny. I felt like a kid there, science presented in a very interactive way. I was alone and it's interesting to anyone, but specially for kids. They love it.

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Milledgeville, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

We got tickets to the Exploritorium as part of our City Passes, and we really enjoyed the museum. We went on a Saturday, which was pretty busy, but even on a quieter day, we would still recommend allowing plenty of time for this place. Our SF guide book suggested 90 minutes, but we were there from 10am until 4pm and... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

The Exploratorium is a wonderful place to take kids but also fun for adults. It brings out the curiosity in all of us.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

It would take about 3 days to try each of the wonderful hands on activities in this science oriented attraction. My teen/tweens loved it. We had our hands stamped so that we could leave and return after lunch.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

Lots of fun things to see and learn, definitely worth seeing if you are visiting the Embarcadero. Definitely a must for kids.

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Address: Pier 15, on the Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone Number: +1 415-528-4360
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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