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Exploratorium

Pier 15, on the Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111
+1 415-528-4444
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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 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 (BART or MUNI) plus there's parking nearby. Tickets are available online (recommended) or at the door.
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  • Average6%
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“science museum” (147 reviews)
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Pier 15, on the Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111
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"science museum"
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Reviewed yesterday

We took our 7 and 11 year old grandsons to Exploratorium. There were so many exhibits that even with the large crowd we were able to participate in one of them. We spent the entire day and still didn’t get through the entire building. It...More

Thank dlrook
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We are members. We took our grandsons, 11 and 13. So much to see as always and lots of new fascinating exhibits since last visit. I agree with other visitors that some sound baffles and more seats would raise the enjoyment level. However the restaurant...More

Thank J G
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I wasn't really sure what this was or how large it was to get thru it all. We didn't allow nearly enough time to get thru it all...and I wish we would have packed snacks & more drinks! Be prepared to be there for several...More

Thank franklinstower98
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Love coming here each year we visit San Francisco. Many interactive exhibits that are fun for everyone in the family.

Thank fl0uny
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Reviewed 1 week ago

During summer can be very crowded due to organized groups of kids. Lot of hands on experiments and presentations.

Thank Miroslav M
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The best science museum I’ve ever been too!!! Interaction level 10/10. We went to the adults only evening which was very unique and a lot of fun for me and my husband. This place blew our minds!

Thank Mich84
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the best science museum I've been too. Appropriate from preschool to graduate school student. There is something for everyone.

Thank Lakata
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting experience - physics introduces in very simple and entertaining way. A lot of fun for kids 6 and older.

Thank Boris S
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is by far the best science center I have ever visited. You will experience electricity, motion, mechanical engineering, light and sound, and much more. Plan on spending several hours here to experience everything. Children and adults alike will love this place.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our first day in San Fran was very cold and foggy, to which led us to stumble upon this place. It was great! All interactive and great fun for all ages! You can pretty much spend a good 3hours in there as there is so...More

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CruiseGirl2
August 9, 2018|
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Response from Mete K | Reviewed this property |
Definitely not! My wife and I had more fun than our daughter.
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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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Response from ExploSF | Property representative |
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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