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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
Thu 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
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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Exploratorium General Admission
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Exploratorium Admission: Thursday Evening Happy Hour

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A fun place to learn while on vacation!

The exhibits were very interesting. My husband and I are in our early 50's and we learned a lot of interesting science facts. The mood headpiece was very amazing. You place a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

The exhibits were very interesting. My husband and I are in our early 50's and we learned a lot of interesting science facts. The mood headpiece was very amazing. You place a color globe over your head, relax and let the different colors of the globe change your mood. The difference between blue (calming) and Red (high energy-frustration) was simply... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

A brilliant place for kids of all ages to explore. There is so much to see and do, we often didn't know which way to turn next. Unfortunately we got there mid afternoon after an earlier trip so only had about 2.5 hours to visit as they close quite early (I think it was 5pm closing). We only managed to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

We spent a couple of hours here, but could happily have spent a full day. Kids and older kids at heart will have a fantastic time pressing buttons and playing with the hundreds of exhibits. You can even see the workshop where they are working on the new ones. Really an inspiring place - make sure you allow plenty of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

A surprise stop on our holiday, but well worth it as there is so much to do and everything is interactive, so the kids will love it. Plus they learn stuff without even knowing it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

We are both in our forties and went with no kids, we were the kids for the day! We had so much fun, the is so much to do and it is very interactive and educational. The cafe was also great with good options from fish and chips to salads, sushi, smoothies, alcohol and cakes. Would certainly recommend, i even... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

The children in this place could enjoy a lot and the parents will be children again because the atraccion are very interesting for all personThe children in this place could enjoy a lot and the parents will be children again. All persons could enjoy in each moment

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

I am a bay area local, or so I was. I moved to Mexico a couple of years ago and I return home often to see the family. My youngest siblings are 16 and 18. Great age to not want to hang out with the family. Anyhooooo... It gets hard to mix up the adventures when you feel like you've... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

A wonderful, wonderful hands on science museum. Took our two boys 10 and 13 for three hours. Not remotely boring. Lots to see and do. Could have stayed all day but time wasn't on our side.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

One of the best collection of interactive exhibits I have seen. We only had 2 hours to spend here and I don't think we even covered half of the museum. Was also pleasantly surprised by the quality of the canteen which included made to order sushi!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Although we were concerned that visiting the Exploratorium might take too much of our precious time in San Francisco, in the event, it was a fascinating and absorbing afternoon and for our kids in particular a highlight of our stay in the city. Even for adults, this is a unique and engaging experience.

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