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The Exploratorium

Pier 15, on the Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111
+1 415-528-4360
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Exploratorium Admission: Thursday Evening Happy...
91%
Ranked #11 of 318 Attractions in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Children's Museums, Science Museums, Museums
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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 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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Michigan
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67 reviews 67 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014 NEW

Much more spacious than the old Exploratorium and great exhibits. Dim lighting which is necessary for some of the exhibits. New Tinkering Space is fabulous.

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Mill Valley, California
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

I had been to their previous location a few times when i was a young man but this was my first time to the new location, this time with my wife and two boys (ages 9 and 6). The new location is much better for most tourists because it is much more accessible and closer to many other tourist activities... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

If you have kids, just go, they'll love it. Don't care what age they are 3-18, they'll find plenty of fun things to do here.

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Winnemucca, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

The Exploratorium offers plenty of exhibits for the whole family. Even our 3 yr old daughter enjoyed our visit here. So many things to do and exhibits to explore that offer plenty of learning opportunities for all ages!

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Stanwood, Michigan
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

This is a great place for all ages. We are two senior citizens and we enjoyed working with exhibits as much as any other age group. There are 5 or 6 different areas, and each one focuses on a topic. There was an area that dealt with human interaction that included some games and my favorite was The Tinkering Workshop.... More

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Joshua
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

If you are going to be in San Francisco more than a few days, purchasing the City Pass is recommended. A free admission to the Exploratorium is included in that City Pass. There are over 600 exhibits and even moving quickly you will have trouble seeing and experiencing all. It is fun for kids and nerds of all ages. The... More

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Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

Honestly, The Exploratorium is a piece of history in San Francisco. Growing up, I had to go at least once a year. Way back when it was near the Palace of Fine Arts, it was sometimes a trek to get out there. Now, at it's newer location at the Embarcadero, it is much easier to get to. Of course, this... More

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Montclair, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

STELLAR SPOT! EXCEPTIONAL EXHIBITS! SILLY SCIENCE! You are going to love this! Spent a good 2 plus hours here while visiting San Fran this past month, and we still had tons left to do for the next trip. And yes, there will be a next trip to this place when we visit San Fran again. The admission fee was not... More

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Santa Rosa, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

It is really full of wonder. I just am not much for the crowds. I'd say go on an off day. Other than than, you can be there for many hours.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

We all loved this my daughter had a amazing time and did not want to go home. The cafe out the front was over priced though and food not really family friendly.

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