Exploratorium
Exploratorium
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
The Exploratorium is more than an iconic San Francisco museum perched by the Bay—it’s an all-ages gateway to joyful exploration of science, art, and human perception. Let your curiosity roam free through hundreds of exhibits in six spacious indoor and outdoor galleries. Watch, listen, notice, experiment, and play with wondrous phenomena from the world around you: from living cells to cosmic rays, from bubbles to human behavior, from optical illusions to electricity, from playful machines to rainbows, and much more. Plus observe the Exploratorium’s open shop, where our exhibits are designed, built, and tinkered with. You’ll find thoughtful safety protocols for visitors and staff, our unique museum store, excellent dining, and beautiful San Francisco Bay views. Located in the historic Pier 15 along San Francisco's Embarcadero, between Pier 39 and the Ferry Building, the Exploratorium is easy to get to by public transportation, and there's ample parking nearby.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles3,568 reviews
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2,527
Very good
786
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206
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38
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Ashley D
North Dakota18 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Family
This place is a lot of fun, but....Be prepared. It’s pricey. $50 for a child and an adult to walk through the door. We had a few hours of fun, but if you live in or near a major city and/or travel frequently to have access to museums, I’d pass for the price. If you don’t have as much access, you’ll get in a few hours of fun.
Written March 4, 2020
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Wallace M
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
There is nothing like The Exploratorium - a museum where you can pretty much touch and play with everything there! This isn't just fun, it is also the essence of what real science is about. i've been going for years and every time i go, I see new things that I had't noticed before. As a longtime resident of San Francisco I can categorically say that this is the best museum in our city.
Written January 22, 2020
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Fiorella04
San Rafael, Argentina18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
I loved it! I went with my family in July 2018 and we really enjoyed it. It’s a great activity to do with kids because you learn playing and touching the different objects around the building. So didactical and fun.
Written February 1, 2020
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20LWood
Seattle, WA15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Our family of four (2 adults & 2 teens) spent a rainy afternoon exploring the scince center. It is a huge complex filled with interactive tactile attractions for all ages. Be prepared to spend atleast 2 hrs or more there.
Written January 2, 2020
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Amy P
San Jose, CA19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
This museum touches different sciences - biology (dissecting a cow's eye. seeing a chick's heart beating, shrimps), geology, physics (wheels, floating fabrics). So much to see and explore with kids. Worth the time and energy to visit!
Written September 1, 2022
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Basman
31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
This facility was fantastic and truly engaged the tweens. The only issue is that we allowed 3 hours and while the kids had an excellent time, you really need the whole day to sample the majority of exhibits. The staff were friendly and ready to help. If we had more time in SF, we would have spent the day.
Written December 31, 2019
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Ben C
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
I've never experienced anything like the Exploratorium anywhere else in the world. It's hard to describe without actually visiting, but it's well worth the trip. Equal parts, science, mystery, and pure fun, it's the kind of place you can completely lose track of time.

Highly recommended!
Written January 22, 2020
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Ldiva001
San Diego, CA85 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
The very best entertainment for any age. Every time I travel to SF I find time to visit the Exploratorium because there is so much to do with my granddaughters and I could never finish exploring the hands-on science exhibits that enthrall all of us. Good for ALL ages. I cannot say enough about the learning that happens while you spend the day. There is even a cafe. Easily take a day or two or .... Great place! Nice people working there.
Written December 21, 2023
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John L
San Francisco, CA41 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
OK, let's get the cost out of the way, $30 for adults plus $$ for children. Go early, grab a self-guided map and explore. There are too many things to dwell on, but classify this as "science at your fingertips." I know, in an era where touching and being close to others is not cool, take precautions and wear latex gloves or something similar. Wait until it's OK to roam freely then let your inner science geek discover how you fit into the world in which you live. You don't have to know trigonometry or physics to understand how things work. Plus you can always say "I knew that." It's an all day adventure for friends, family, couples, whoever. Engage, explore, discover and learn.
Written March 22, 2020
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HW_datenights
London, UK63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
We had great fun visiting the Exploratorium with our 2 year old daughter. Spoilt for choice in terms of displays to look at, buttons to press, machines to operate. As parents we had loads to do at the same time as our daughter and all took something away. I found this more value more money versus Academy of Sciences which we did later in the same week.
Written January 28, 2020
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