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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 362 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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40 reviews 40 reviews
12 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

Such a crazy place that every one should visit especially school kids. It's amazing and you live an unmatched time! It's showing science and fiction! Fiction as science ! Crazy ideas, crazy designs, belongings if crazy people ... It is impossible to describe what's there, its a heaven for a science geek. It's all perfect! Must visit.

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Surrey, Canada
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38 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

It would be an interesting visit for high school or university students. For someone who graduated recently, its not extremely interesting - you get to see real examples of all the theories you studied during school. Plus, there are a lot of little kids. If you are spending too much time on a certain station and kids are waiting to... More

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Auburn, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Love going here. Groupon had a coupon for 1 year membership so now I can go as often as I want. I love the new location.

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Sandy Hook, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

This was my favorite thing that my husband and I did in San Francisco! We went over to the Exploratorium for their adults-only Thursday evening hours. We only spent about two hours here, and what a mistake! We only made it through one gallery (out of six) and experienced the Tactile Dome. I wish we'd had more time. If I... More

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Boise, Idaho
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56 reviews 56 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

The new location of the Exploratorium, at Piers 15 and 17 on San Francisco's Embarcadero opened in 2013. It dramatically expanded the space for exhibits, adding to the treasure that it is. The Exploratorium is a museum devoted to change the way the world learns. This new incarnation is a huge step to further Frank Oppenheimer' vision that began in... More

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Park City, Utah
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

If you like science, you will LOVE this place. Hundreds of scientific principles are demoed here, every exhibit is hands-on. Each station has a scientific principle and a tag explaining 1. What to do, 2. What you'll see and 3. Why it does that. If you are engineering interested, you will be enthralled with how each station is designed to... More

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The Colony, Texas
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

Much larger than their old location with even more hands-on stuff for kids of all ages to play with. Didn't see any kids bored, they were all engaged with something. And parents were involved. Only criticism is that it is a little light on the science side of why things work. The café is OK, good food but a little... More

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San Antonio, TX
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

We took our 10 year old and he enjoyed the Exploratorium. We were here for a couple of hours and some my wife and I were bored after 1 hour but our boy kept exploring for the full 2 hours we were here amd the got bored. The coolest thing for us adults was seeing the real life skeleton exhibit... More

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Lincolnshire
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Like most places of this type, The Exploratorium fills up with children very quickly so if you can get there before the bulk of visitors you'll have a bit more access to exhibits. As an adult traveller, this place does some adult only sessions in the evening too. Sadly, I didn't know about this, but got there as it opened... More

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London
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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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