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Exploratorium

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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 650 exhibits-indoors and...more
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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Green St, Pier 15, The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111
North Waterfront/Embarcadero
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All reviews all ages science museum interactive exhibits hands on activities kids and adults great hands great for kids any age we spent hours year olds four hours palace of fine arts great museum rainy day lots of fun ferry building bay bridge
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Reviewed yesterday

Bring the whole family from baby to grandma there is something for everyone. Educational and entertaining you can easily spend the whole day and more there. Whenever some I know hasn't been there, we go. great place for a first time date, you can find...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank theinnerpath
Reviewed yesterday

While this place is probably geared more towards kids and families with their hands-on exhibits, it's also really interesting for adults. There are a lot of exhibits here - give yourself enough time to explore for at least two hours. Different rooms focus on different...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Jadedmind
Reviewed yesterday

So much to see here so I recommend you get going early on the day as they clsoe arund 5pm or was it 6pm. Perfect for going around with kids. Lots of activities. Free wifi.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank phoeberutaquio
Reviewed yesterday

This is one of my favorite museums. It is very cool and has a lot of informative information. Kids and adults of all ages will love it

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank DEBORAH C
Reviewed 2 days ago

We arrived around 10 and the place was mobbed with school groups. The person who sold us the tickets was nice enough to tell us that you can get your hand stamped and come back and the kids usually leave between 1-2. We hung out...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Jill R
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a large hands-on museum for families with children and with teens. Our 15 year old was engaged by both the science and artistic interactive displays, and could have stayed far longer than our budgeted time. We were fortunate to encounter the creator of...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This science center is included in the City Pass and that was a grave disappointment to me as a single person. The place was overrun by school groups and the chaperones were doing little to control them. I think it could have been fun if...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank jehenson81
Reviewed 1 week ago

Exploratorium is for every age, anyone with a curiosity to learn and openness to interact with the exhibits. During my first visit, I noticed how few people were looking at their phones/using social media (myself included)...why? Because we were having fun with the displays! What...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Montiesca
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For adults only, try to time your trip to avoid school trips and crowds of children. There are tons of interesting exhibits, but you always get the kids that just want to push/pull/kick/ etc and can be annoying. Plan on 2-3 hours minimum.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been here several times, even though our kids are now teens, they still love to come here, view and play with the exhibits, a fun pace for young and old alike.

Date of experience: December 2018
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CruiseGirl2
August 9, 2018|
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Response from NYCBabeRomford | Reviewed this property |
Definitely not. There’s lots to do and I’d recommend getting there as soon as it opens because it gets REALLY busy.
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Audrey L
July 18, 2018|
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Response from ExploSF | Property representative |
Hi Audrey, All visitors can "pay-what-you-wish" on our yearly Community Days, when museum entry is on a first-come, first-served basis. Remaining Community Days for 2018: • Community Day (Saturday, September 22, 2018... More
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Becka T
April 19, 2018|
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Hi Becka, While SFMoMA is a wonderful experience, it is a traditional museum experience, whereas the Exploratorium is all interactive/hands-on. Our 650+ exhibits are all meant to be touched and experimented with by visitors... More
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