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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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There is so much to do for people of all ages. My husband and I got there around 2 and stayed until they turned the lights off, we wish we had gotten there earlier. Prepare to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
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Lancaster, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Our visit here was rather cumbersome. The place was packed with children. Although it's great to see the kids having an educational experience, most were running around and not paying attention to anything more scientific than the souvenir they were holding. It would have been great had there been no kids.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW via mobile

There is so much to do for people of all ages. My husband and I got there around 2 and stayed until they turned the lights off, we wish we had gotten there earlier. Prepare to nurture your inner child and inner geek.

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St. Andrews, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

We thoroughly enjoyed our day at the Exploratorium. Lots of hands-on cool stuff for kids of all ages!

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

The new location has given the Exploratorium room to grow and that is fantastic, but it has also given them room to pack in entirely too many people to actually enjoy the experience.

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Healdsburg, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

I went there 30+ years ago with my kids. Loved it then. The Exploritum has since moved and you will need another day at least to go through it. It is so much bigger and better.

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Pleasant Grove, UT
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

As a child, I used to come here with my elementary school for field trips to explore science. It was fun to take my own children for the experience. The kids will play for hours and its both entertaining and educational for children of all ages. Great place to let the kids wear themselves out before heading back to the... More 

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Oakland, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Very child friendly! Reciprocal with other Science Museums, such as ones in Sacra, San Diego, even OKC! Yes I been to Sacra, San Diego, OKC, ah yes, SAINT LOUS! This place, hands on that always the best! Instead telling Junior or Juniorette that you cannot touch, here you can touch the exhibits, explore, learn by touch and explore! I highly... More 

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Green Cove Springs, Florida, United States
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Very exciting for my son and myself. He enjoyed it and so did I. Many of the exhibits were interactive. My son had a good time with the electric ball that made his hair stand up because olf static. It was fun.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

If you love nature, science, eye illusion, humanity... you wonder why, how... this is the place you must come. My kids took lots of picture of their toilet water fountain even they are not selfie lover. Everything here are available for everyone to touch, feel, and try! I saw most of adults also act like kids here.. lol. Lots amazing... More 

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Ocala, Florida, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

My wife and I were really looking forward to this because we knew it had a lot of really neat things. The goal of the place is to get people to open their minds and actually think how some things are accomplished. Whether it is a a wheel works, or even the human eye. My wife and I did indeed... More 

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Address: 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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