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“Family Trip to USA” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Exploratorium

The Exploratorium
Pier 15, on the Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111
+1 415-528-4360
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Ranked #11 of 318 Attractions in San Francisco
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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“Family Trip to USA”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

A great place for kids and adults to explore science ideas! It was like a place with so many experiments for the public to explore and understand the differnet concepts of science in a fun way. The kids had a great time!

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“Supposedly for the kids”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

We took our kids and were amazed at how much we enjoyed all the exhibits and activities. Always something you learn, or re-learn from high school days. Really aimed at keeping kids imaginations aware of their surroundings.

Visited November 2014
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“Great place to take the family!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

Children and adults alike will enjoy the novel, interactive displays. We had as much fun as our little ones.

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“Fun for Everyone”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 NEW

Right on the wharf, this is an attraction for everyone. Mostly all exhibits are "hands on" so it's all great fun, especially for kids. But don't get me wrong, there's lots of serious science going on too.

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“High Caffeine Attraction”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014 NEW

There is literally hundreds of hands-on science experiments on site and I was mentally exhausted after visiting.

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