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“More to Explore Than Before” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Exploratorium

The Exploratorium
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$29.95*
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Exploratorium General Admission
Ranked #10 of 528 things to do in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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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San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“More to Explore Than Before”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 12, 2013

Some friends of mine invited me to the "friends and family" private opening of the new (and greatly expanded) Exploratorium a few weeks ago. Recently moved to its new location on the Embarcadero of San Francisco, close to the other tourist attractions like The Ferry Building, Pier 29 and Fisherman's Wharf, the new location take up an entire former pier, in a beautifully renovated building, and is filled with every kind of scientific demonstration and exhibit that you could imagine. It's stimulation for the mind and the eye that is unparalleled. Great for the whole family because there are exhibits for adults and children, plus a great restaurant for when you get hungry (that serves healthy food, not the usual fast food available at tourist attractions). You can spend a few hours or a whole day. There is so much to see and do. Plus they have a wonderful new film theater where all sorts of media is on display.

Visited May 2013
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Hampton, New Hampshire
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“Good way to kill as much time as you want:)”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2013

Great time looking through hundreds of cool displays, games, and experiments. We learned so much in a little bit of time, and it was a great way to spend a half day...we could have stayed for 2 days if we had time!

Visited May 2013
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“Wonderful New Location at Pier 15-17”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2013

The new Exploratorium is such an improvement from the old location. A number of new exhibits have been added and the Bay really features prominently both from a science an aesthetic point of view.

This is a terrific place to bring the kids for a hands on science experience. It is also great fun for adults who enjoy science and learning about the dynamics of the Bay and the related plant/animal life.

Early mornings tend to be the best as it can get pretty crazy later in the day especially on weekends. As one reviewer mentioned the adults only nights are also fun if you don't have kids.

Visited April 2013
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Austinite
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“not for adults w/o kids”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2013

This place was swarming with kids. Unless you want to fight off children to explore the hands on exhibits--don't go! This is not geared to adults who are traveling sans children. If you are traveling with children, be prepared for the crowds.

Visited May 2013
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San Francisco, California
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“BEST kid place in San Francisco”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2013

While this is a hands on place for over active kids and brain kids adults will like being here because it is designed to be 100% kid friendly. No matter how over active your kids are they will
have a great time here with no staff member arching a eyebrow or pointing a finger at your kids.
Plus the food in the food venue is top tier. And the Views from the hugh wall of windows looking
out on the bay is some of the BEST views in the city. Plan on spending at least 3-4 hours here.
If only my science glass in school was 1/10 as interesting.

Visited April 2013
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