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“A lot to see and do - but well worth it”
Review of Exploratorium

Exploratorium
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Exploratorium Admission: Thursday Evening Happy...
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Ranked #10 of 561 things to do in San Francisco
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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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Reviewed April 5, 2014 via mobile

Finished up our 2 day visit today. There is simply an overwhelming amount of cool things to do here so we split it up into 2 partial days. You could probably do it in one, but after a while you start to suffer from sensory overload. It's in a great location on Pier 15 with stunning views of the Bay, Treasure Island and the Bay Bridge. It's a must for locals and tourists alike.

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Reviewed April 5, 2014

Be prepared to be amazed. This place is awesome. Spent most of the day here, not expecting to, but worth a trip if you visit SF.

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Reviewed April 2, 2014

A wonderful part of a visit to San Francisco. My 8 year-old son and I visited Exploratorium and both had a lot of fun. He loved each of the activity stations/exhibits (the exhibits are so hands-on it is hard to call them just exhibits) and it was pretty interesting to actually see where some are made. I also loved finally visiting a museum and fully joining in activities with him that I actually enjoyed. It was one of the best fun learning experiences he has had in a museum (me too!). I also appreciated the special video exhibit and art-meets-science-and-engineering exhibits. We arrived around 1 in the afternoon and stayed until the very end, at 5 (and then hung out on the pier doing one last outdoor activity until around 6). Unfortunately, four hours was not enough time to see and do everything - the building is much bigger than it looks from outside and is packed full of activity stations. We visited during the school week and it was crowded with school groups that were leaving just as we arrived. I am not sure how much fun we would have had with so many groups but it was comfortably busy but did not feel crowded after they left.

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Reviewed March 30, 2014

We had not planned to visit this attraction, but rainy/windy weather drove us to change our plans and buy the city pass. Once we arrived our children (9, 11, 13)were sucked into all the amazing hands on activities. This attraction is filled with cause/effect scientific activities that could fill 3 days of time, unfortunately we only had half a day as we didn't arrive until after noon. If you are an ADULT, look into the adults only time (Thursday's I think). The nature of this attraction drew in lots of field trips and families with kids (like ours) but it meant a lot of noise and some longer waits to see certain things. We were staying by Fisherman's Wharf and the F-Line streetcars were our transportation to/and from this attraction. Our kids would have gone back if the pass were good for more than one visit, so I would recommend arriving at opening, taking a lunch break, and going back for more.

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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.....

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