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Pier 15, on the Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111
+1 415-528-4444
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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Pier 15, on the Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111
+1 415-528-4444
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Plan to spend the day and broke tickets for the Tactile Dome had of time. The pitch black experience was so fun and good exercise. My 7 year old was a little nervous the first time through but then she ended up going through 6...More

Thank KWReviewWoman
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Listen to them when they say you can do all the stations in one day. My son and I spent the whole day until they ran the bell to tell everyone to leave and we didn't play all the exhibits and stations. It is so...More

Thank Bang X
Reviewed 6 days ago

The exploratorium is a perfect rainy day option, and has many activities for all age groups. Almost everything is hands on and interactive. This was our first visit to this location. We had gone 15 years before when it was located at the Palace of...More

Thank Tammy C
Reviewed 6 days ago

I was in town for a conference and our conference reception was held here. It was a fantastic choice. Huge space with interactive science and art based exhibits. Great views of the Bay Bridge as well. We didn't get to see the upcoming exhibit (was...More

Thank Danielle W
Reviewed 6 days ago

Hello , I need to let you know that I have been here many times , so wonderful . Over the years I shared this experience with many friends , dates , and then wives , but when my dates were my two beautiful Daughters...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Make sure you allocate enough time to visit this very unique experience. My son and I visited on Thursday night, adult only. Place was crowded but not uncomfortably so. We could use more time. 4 hours was not enough

Thank paul k
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A very hands on experience to learn and understand science. We went a school day and diet hour was ok but it was filled with very loud voices and showing after 11. NOAA had moored a boat at the dock. That was the absolute highlight...More

Thank Johan M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great facility to take your kids. All the tactile science experiment is entertaining for anybody at any age. If you want to avoid the children/school field trips I recommend to attend the Thursday night adults only entry from 6pm-10pm.

Thank Mai Y
Reviewed 1 week ago

I took my grandson here on a Sunday morning--arrived when they first opened. Parking across the street was easy ($20 for day), but I felt the Exploratorium was crazy full of parents and kids. For the most part, the parents were watching and interacting with...More

Thank aquaH2Omama
Reviewed 1 week ago

Good for all ages....so family with kids can keep everyone busy. Waterfront views are lovely and walking distance to many attractions

Thank Nava1203
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Paul L
We are going to be in San Francisco in early August. As we plan our schedule what is the best day/times to visit the Exploratorium? Morning or Afternoon? (Planning on a weekday either Wed or Thursday but could do Friday or Saturday, just assuming it will be busier then).
11 June 2017|
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Response from explOratoriumSF | Property representative |
Hi Paul, We're excited to be part of your vacation. Over the summer, we typically tend to be less busy in the mornings right after we open. We open at 10am. We are also open Friday nights till 9pm over the summer (through... More
Ng L
Hi, I would like to cancel the tickets that I'd booked and paid for 7 Jun. I have booked and paid another ticket on 8 Jun. Please advise method of cancellation.
27 May 2017|
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Response from MarlySF | Reviewed this property |
Agree with the poster below. Not many of us here who reviewed Exploratorium and wrote a review would have that experience, as it doesn't apply to the attraction itself. Do go to the source ----- where you bought your... More
Upon reading reviews it says this is great for a family with kids. What about teenagers? Is it too "young" for them to enjoy?
1 March 2017|
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Response from Danny H | Reviewed this property |
Definitely not. Any age would enjoy the Exploratorium. In fact, they may even enjoy it more than younger children would.