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The Exploratorium

Pier 15, on the Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111
+1 415-528-4360
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Ranked #20 of 375 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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Cullman, Alabama
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

Our children loved this place, but it was very crowded in July. It was difficult to look at exhibits. We definitely would have enjoyed it more another time of year.

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Chester, United Kingdom
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78 reviews 78 reviews
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143 helpful votes 143 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

My husband and I enjoyed our visit to the exploratorium. We visited on a Thursday night when the museum reopens to adults only, meaning you can play on all of the interactive exhibits without feeling like you have to let the kids go first! We didn't do one of the themed 'after dark' session, just a standard Thursday night but... More

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Framlingham, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

Good value as part of the City Pass scheme, the Exploratorium does a superb job of bringing science to the young, but also parents too. Yes, the place was busy with some rather over-eager and occasionally over-possessive kids, but there is such a huge amount of stuff to go on, fiddle with and examine that, for once in SF, there... More

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San jose, ca
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

The new Exploratorium is fun for kids and adults alike. It is worth visiting. The location is excellent. Although, there are not enough eating places around this place. So if you have kids, pack some food in your bag before heading there.

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Philadelphia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
14 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

Traveling with two 14 year olds (one male and one female) this was a great place for all of us. We spent 2 hours and only made it through half of the museum. We should have eaten a good meal before entering. There are so many interesting and fun hands on exhibits. And the workshop where they come up with... More

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Calgary, Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

I've been to several of these science-type places that are geared towards kids, but are also intended to interest adults. This, by far, was the best. There is so much to see, do, and learn here that we nearly spent the entire day here. If we were local to San fran, this is exactly the kind of place that I'd... More

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Greenville, New Hampshire
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

For adults I would say 2/5 if you have kids a 4/5 so my 3/5 is the average. If you have over a high school understanding of science it is not worth the money, if you have one of those city passes it is worth a look since it is included and you might discover something new and interesting. For... More

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San Francisco, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Yes, it is fantastic for kids. However, there is plenty for adults to do and learn. Never get tired of going there.

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Dublin, Ireland
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Visited on a Sunday so it was very busy a weekday would have been a better option they are closed on a Monday---expensive to get in if visiting San Fran well worth getting a San Fran pass as tickets to Exploratorium are included. Plenty to do and see for all ages well laid out

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Bramley, England
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7 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

A great place for children, who were everywhere on the Saturday we visited with our grandchildren. The only problem is that little children necessarily just treat it as an adventure playground. If you're hoping to get your older children more interested in science, or even teach them a bit of science, all the little kids make this difficult. Perhaps a... More

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