Exploratorium

Exploratorium, San Francisco: Hours, Address, Exploratorium Reviews: 4.5/5

Exploratorium
4.5
Speciality Museums • Science Museums
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12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 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
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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.
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Neighborhood: North Waterfront/Embarcadero
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Isaac K
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The Exploratorium is the most innovative and fun space I have ever had the pleasure of visiting. While the main exhibits are dynamic, hands-on and truly cerebral, the guts of the building are even more interesting and inspiring. The Zero Net Energy Facility boasts bay source cooling, solar panels and advances lighting controls that rightly deserve their own tour. Chuck, Marie, and the rest of the Facilities team have been informative, fun and knowledgeable tour guides. Keep up the awesome work!
Written January 23, 2020
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simicu
Simi Valley, CA366 contributions
Whether it's time tested favorite exhibits or new ones reflecting today's ever-evolving technologies, you can always count of the Exploratorium to make for a fantastic visit. It really is more than just your going science museum, it's also one of perception, art, and even nature. They were one of the first to offer so many interactive exhibits and lectures where you actually become part of the experience instead of just observing. We love their After Dark feature, also affectionately known as 'Date Night', every Thursday evening from 6-10pm. As to their newer exhibits, one of them, the "Cells to Self" is fascinating in its collaboration of science and the human body. But then again, that's just normal for the E, they're always looking for ways to challenge the mind and showcase the wonders of intelligence.
Written January 23, 2020
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Donna D
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Solo
I was really impressed with the Exploratorium, with the size of the facility, the slick feel of the facility, the diversity of the exhibits, and the interactivity of the guests with the exhibits. Families can spend as much time as they want and let their children explore the magic on the world around them . Even an older retiree like me can have his curiosity piqued and intellect challenged for a modest entrance fee. Money well spent!
Written January 22, 2020
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SailingSeas1207
North Dakota19 contributions
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
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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
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, WA16 contributions
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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Basman
26 contributions
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
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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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John L
San Francisco, CA43 contributions
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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Exploratorium is open:
  • Sun - Sun 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Wed - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thu - Thu 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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