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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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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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Even Better than Bill Nye the Science Guy!

Bill Nye always made science interesting, but the Exploratorium takes it to another level. This place is a mad scientist's penny arcade, a scientific fun house. You even have a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Bill Nye always made science interesting, but the Exploratorium takes it to another level. This place is a mad scientist's penny arcade, a scientific fun house. You even have a giant mirror. Even non-science geeks will enjoy this. You can easily spend hours here, and it's a go-to place if the weather is inclement. I'll miss the old location in... More 

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Cala Tarida, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

The Exploratorium was a great find. You can send hours there looking at all the exhibits. Parking tends to be a bit of a problem, but well worth a visit. If you have children, they will love it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

We had the best day here and really wish we had got their earlier as we did run out of time to see everything.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

What a great place to kill a few hours! Fun for children and adults, this museum is packed with surprises! I love science museums and this was no exception. Do the Tactile Dome!

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Plano, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

This was an amazing museum. We could have spent hours here as everything was hands on. All exhibits inspired learning and engaged kids of all ages. Our 7yr old was running from one exhibit to the next and was not bored for one minute. If only in San Fran for a short time, make this one of your stops and... More 

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Menlo Park CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

Give yourself a minimum 6 hours, ( better 20 hrs). Kids, and the curious within yourself, will love being there. Mostly hands on displays of sensory, physical, scientific, and everything else. Park in a lot 15 to 24 dollars. Cheaper than a 76 dollar parking ticket. You will not want to leave.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

I ran down to pier 15 in an Uber, just to hit their gift shop for my kids. What a great selection of unique presents that are educational and fun. Dad hit it out of the park with the boys on the return from this business trip! When we return for a family trip, we will make The Exploratorium a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

This is the place to capture amazing photos because of the beauty of the architecture outside. You've seen this area in films like The Rock. Inside the museum is one of the best you will visit for hands-on fun and interaction. It is great for children and teens who will not be bored here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

I am so excited to go back. The time flew when experiencing the exhibits. Be sure to get to the observation deck. This new location is modern, very large and well thought out. The restaurant provided good and nutritious food. We are definitely going back as soon as we can as we live in the Bay area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

if you are visiting SF with your kids, this is the place to take them. I've travelled all over the world with my kids, and there is nothing as interesting as the Exploritorium for kids. Not really targetted for the toddler set, but even toddlers will find interesting things

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