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“A little disappointed...”
Review of Exploratorium

Exploratorium
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$29.95*
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Exploratorium General Admission
Ranked #12 of 544 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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Lawrenceville, GA
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“A little disappointed...”
Reviewed March 29, 2014

Reading the reviews and info on the web, I was thinking this would be a little more exciting than it was. It would be a great place for kids and teens to get them inspired by science. As two adults without kids, we had an okay time, but we're not blown away. The best part was the drawing table on a pendulum and the amazing work that can be created. Upon leaving one June evening, we waited an hour for the city light rail transit that everyone told us would stop out front. We finally I had to walk the two plus miles back to our hotel room in the dark. I don't know what the problem was because times were posted but no one could answer any questions about how we could get a ride back.....

Visited June 2013
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“Just Okay”
Reviewed March 28, 2014

We went to the Explortorium there were really fun experiments for the kids to do. I just thought that the value for how much money you spend was poor.

Visited March 2014
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“Wow!!”
Reviewed March 25, 2014

So much to do and see. Great learning opportunities. Sensory overload a possibility for younger children but great for older elementary age kids and teens with an interest in science. Exhibits are intriguing for adults of all ages. Really, too much to see in one day. We went late in the afternoon not realizing that it closed at 5pm. We'll definitely go back. Highly recommend.

Visited March 2014
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“Don't care how old you are - this place is FUN.”
Reviewed March 23, 2014

The exploratorium has special night visits for adult groups which include drinking and, best of all, no kids. Whether or not you have kids, make it your business to get to the Exploratorium - it's FUN. You could easily spend 4 hours here doing and exploring all the exhibits they have.

Students of any age, bring your IDs to get discounted entry. This place is very accessible at Pier 15 on the Embarcadero (the F muni line will get you there).

Visited March 2014
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“Lot's of interesting exhibitions - a bit crowded”
Reviewed March 23, 2014

Visited with a friend on a week day, and really enjoyed myself! As far as science museums go, this is definitely one of the best I have visited. The only "problem" was that there were very large amounts of children, with a lot of commotion and noise as a result, but I guess that is to be expected at a childrens museum. All in all a great place!

Visited November 2013
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