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The Exploratorium

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Address: Pier 15, on the Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone Number: 14155284444
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
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Experience the Exploratorium, a hands-on museum of science, art, and human...

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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$30*
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Exploratorium General Admission
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$15*
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Exploratorium Admission: Thursday Evening Happy Hour
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$94*
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The best hands-on science museum I've ever seen. All the exhibits are thoughtfully grouped by theme; all are hands-on; all worked. Enough to see & do to fill more than one visit.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Hastings on Hudson, New York
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Hastings on Hudson, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The best hands-on science museum I've ever seen. All the exhibits are thoughtfully grouped by theme; all are hands-on; all worked. Enough to see & do to fill more than one visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It's a very family-friendly facility. The staff is very friendly. The price is high but totally worth.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had a lot of fun here. I wish we lived here to get a yearly pass. Such an interactive place. Great for kids, families, couples, and friends. Thursday nights are fun after 6pm.. All adults and a nice glass of wine!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This place is amazing, and has fun hands-on activities for all ages. My sons (ages 10 & 12) declared it the highlight of their trip! Our only regret was that we didn't have more time to spend here. They could have spent a full-day, given all the exhibits. We also bought tickets to the Tactile Dome for an extra fee,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My husband and I brought our 3 kids (ages 10, 12, and 14) to the Exploratorium. We had 4 hours there. We could have gone for 3 days. The kids LOVED it. We loved it. Super fun - the kids have no idea they are learning math and physics! Every single exhibit is hands on. And super fun! Would highly... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We went to see the Strandbeests which were awesome, but we ended up staying the entire day. The Exploratorium has activity after activity to do.... Lots of cool science... I am a science teacher, but my wife and adult daughter actually got more into it than I did!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We did not eat here but we went to see the exploratorium which is absolutely amazing. It opened only about a year ago and the exhibits are very interesting. You can spend hours in there trying all the different experiments

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Visalia, Ca
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I really enjoyed this place. The only problem was that I went on a weekend so it was full of kids. Kids kinda run all over, but it was still awesome!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited the Exploratorium on a recent Sunday. We used tickets included in our City Passes (City Passes may be bought onsite). If you have kids under 12 or so, they will lose their minds at the Exploratorium. So much to see and experience. everything is designed to be touched and played with. We arrived around noon and it wasn't... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We were too tired too join my husband at the Exploratorium one afternoon during our trip to SF. I thought it was just going to be another museum. When he got back to hotel and told us how cool it was and described all the amazing experiments, we decided to check it out before we left to the airport that... More 

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