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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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Pier 15, on the Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111
+1 415-528-4444
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Reviewed yesterday

We took our 3 grandkids here, ages 11, 8 and 6. All of us had a blast. There are so many interactive and interesting things to explore and learn about here. Truly something for everyone.

Thank Monika H
Reviewed yesterday

Great place to experience the joy of science. Many great exhibits and activities. Unlike any museum you will ever visit.

Thank kbpinkerton
Reviewed 3 days ago

We were in San Francisco for a family wedding. We have been to several science museums on family vacations, and this was at the top of the list. We spent all day here, and still didn't have time to do everything! It is located on...More

Thank SharleneSmile
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We brought our two girls for a short visit (45 min) to the Exploratorium (it closes at 5 pm). My girls were intrigued by the different exhibits and they tried any many as they could. Good to plan at least 2 hours for the experience...More

Thank Edward W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is the first I've been to the Exploratorium in its new digs. It makes great use of the added space; more exhibits, more activities, and lots more people. I especially liked the very careful explanations of various social dilemmas; though I do admit to...More

Thank walters586
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Science is fun! A great place for a family visit with lots of interactive displays covering a wide range of sciences.

1  Thank onezed
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went to the Exploratorium one afternoon and spent a few hours there. Lots of hands on exhibits to try and workshops to sit in on. The kids had a ball. A bit on the pricey side so perhaps think about getting the City Pass for...More

Thank Paul7373
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went on Thursday night (the Exploritorium is open on Thursday nights from 6-10pm for adults only) and it was an amazing experience! We loved that you can have an adult beverage and walk around the place. There was so much to see, do, touch,...More

Thank Andrea K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Imagine if your high school physics class had an unlimited budget for lab experiments. You'd end up with this place. It's size, scope, and the creativity of it's designs is almost startling. They manage to cover just about every topic and concept in everything from...More

Thank ediblecrayonz
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

OK, so I got to visit the museum for free as part of a conference I was attending, and it was the best part of the conference!! I am not a fan of museums at all, I have always found them very boring, but this...More

1  Thank yiabi
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18 November 2017|
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Response from Hillarodri | Reviewed this property |
Ohhh no I think these are perfect ages to go...
Yael D
15 July 2017|
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Response from Hollie834 | Reviewed this property |
I would spend the full day at the California academy of science. You could walk over to the Japanese tea garden, rent a paddle boat on the lake or just picnic in the park nearby. Then do half day at exploritorium. Make sure... More
Paul L
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