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The Exploratorium

Pier 15, on the Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111
+1 415-528-4360
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Ranked #17 of 376 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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Hayward, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

We went here during the fleet week and to our good luck it was a free day.. There was a good line to go inside but its all worth the effort. The effort to make it different and interesting is worth praising. My favorite was soap bubble sheet and toothpick art. It took him 37 years to make that..just unbelievable..... More

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Tacoma, Washington
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

My fiance and I went (it was our first time in San Francisco, we thought it was the museum that was actually in G.G. Park). It was a very neat place to go and learn, and "explore", but there were SO MANY kids. I'm not sure if it was partially due to it being Memorial Weekend, but it was unreal.... More

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Livermore, CA
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11 reviews 11 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

I love the Exploratorium. Growing up in San Diego we had a science museum, which I loved also. The Exploratorium is like the science museum I grew up with, only much much bigger and with more stuff in it. There are many hands-on exhibits from a wide variety of subjects. It would be pointless to try and describe everything, but... More

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No. Cali
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32 reviews 32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

We went to San Francisco during Fleet Week. Decided to take the kids to the Exploratorium on Sunday. When we arrived we saw the sign saying it was a free day. Wow---cool, a family savings of $98. We still made a generous donation anyway. Well, the place is really interesting and fascinating for all ages. However, it was too crowded... More

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Arco
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81 reviews 81 reviews
15 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

We had the chance to access for a private party - so lot of time to play and learn with the number of interactive tools/experiments. Nice location.

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Saint-Nazaire, France
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

The exploratorium is gigantic so if you are bringing kids make sure to keep them in your sights! A wide variety of different exhibits to suit all ages and allowing you to engage your senses! It was very busy when we were visiting which meant hopping from one attraction to the next but would definitly go back again for a... More

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Simpsonville, SC
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

I have visited this museum in its previous location. Being with two science people made it easier to understand some ideas. The new location offers a much brighter venue with views of the bay. Taking a 9 year old and a 6 year old, we weren't how sure things would go. They enjoyed magnet activities, the building wall, the fog... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Very very cool. Especially when you have a beer in hand and you can play on all the science exhibitions. Totally recommend it.

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northeast ohio
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

This facility was fantastic. There was so much to see and do. Due to our poor planning, we ran out of time and didn't get to see everything! We would definitely go back. Just about everything there was hands on. The interaction and the variety were incredible. Physics, life sciences, electricity, are just a few of the areas covered here.... More

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england
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13 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

A great place for the family to visit if you have an inquisitive mind! There is so much to do. You could spend hours here. Very very interactive. Please do leave enough time for this. Probably a good idea to come early with young kids as will get tired. Try not to fit it in with too many things in... More

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