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The Exploratorium

Address: Pier 15, on the Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone Number: +1 415-528-4360
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Ranked #10 of 329 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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Spotsylvania, Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

My husband and I were on a short vacation and decided to check out the Exploratorium. Oh my the fun we had! We both learn differently...I learn by interaction (a hands on kinda girl) and my husband by reading (he is more intellectual...having a Ph.D. in Biophysics). We spent 5 hours exploring and didn't even begin to look at everything.... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Great exhibits that are all hands-on. There were a lot of little children and no hand sanitizer anywhere. We did a lot of watching and reading in an attempt not to get sick. All we could think about the whole time was how dirty everything probably was. One exhibit wanted you to put your face inside. Bring hand sanitizer or... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Wish I had taken my kids with me, rather than being here on a conference visit. Nevertheless, this hands-on science museum has lots of interesting and informative exhibits

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Petaluma, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

We visited the new location for the first time over the Christmas/New Year holiday break. We were able to purchase the tickets online which saved us tons of time when we arrived (the ticket line was really long). They offer a discount ticket for Bay Area Residents. Check out the parking options prior to your arrival. The prices vary widely... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

Excellent place for kids where you cna spend hours and hours and they will have a ball and so will you...

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

Looks like a lot of fun for kids of all ages and my group also enjoyed it even with us all in our 20s.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

So many things for the kids to do - took a 2yo and an 7yo and it was go go go!!! Fabulous! Scientific and fun. We tried to go early as it can get very busy!

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Arcata, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

I had not been to the Exploratorium in many years, not since it moved to its new location at Pier 15. It was great. They had all the old hands-on exhibits and lots of new ones. There were a lot of people there but it did not feel packed, and there were places where you could get outside and get... More 

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Newcastle, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

This is a great, fun museum. During the day there will be lots of kids having a blast. Plan a Thursday night outing with just the two of you though. Fun to see young couples enjoying the various exhibits. Check the website and Facebook for further details.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Having visited many museums of an inquisitive nature, the Exploratorium really stood out to me in many ways. Not least is its very interesting facade - located in a warehouse near the Embarcadero, its exterior seemed very monotonous in nature, but inside it was very modern and well cleaned. The museum is spread out into separate areas, each with its... More 

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