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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 5 days ago

After our first full day in SF, decided to go to the Exploratorium for their adults only evening. What a great experience. I know that during the day it must be filled with children, but adults should make time to go to it. We were...More

Thank rockc123
Reviewed 5 days ago

Visited during the "After Dark" one Thursday evening. Worth dealing with the crowds to get discounted admission. Make sure to check out the outdoor exhibits/experiments as well!

Thank rekah21
Reviewed 5 days ago

Our family of four (kids 13 and 10) went here in April 2015 during a family trip to San Francisco. We boated to Alcatraz, biked across the bridge to Sausalito, visited the Academy of Sciences and de Young Museum, etc. We'd never heard of the...More

Thank Traveler_404
Reviewed 5 days ago

This place is the best! We spent hours here. My kids loved it. So many cool things to see. Great learning experience for all ages. It's a must to see. Don't miss it. One of my favorites.

Thank terriland
Reviewed 6 days ago

A large Science Centre, there is lots of hands-on stuff. To our surprise we spent four hours here - without kids!

Thank FamilyVacation2014
Reviewed 1 week ago

A 15 year old grandson chose this place. Mostly there were preschool kids and elementary school kids there, but all ages enjoyed the displays and learned a lot.

Thank annetravels78
Reviewed 1 week ago

My kids (8 & 10 year old boys) loved visiting the Exploratorium. We spend several hours there and did not have time to see everything. It is at the top of their list for a return visit.

Thank lisah1104
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you have kids this is a must. Science is broken down into hands on interactive exhibits. Everything from sound waves to light to centrifugal forces. Trust me your kids will love it and you will spend hours here.

Thank huggy762017
Reviewed 1 week ago

I grew up here, so I went to the old at the Palace of Fine Arts forever. This one is still delightful, remaining true to the philosophy of "hand-on science museum". I love the muons and could stand at the table where you spin various...More

Thank jacquelinemcevoy
Reviewed 1 week ago

I took my teen age daughter who really didn’t want to go, but she loved it! Everything is hands on! This place reminds everyone how much fun science is in general. It feel’s like you are doing experiments through out the place. We will definitely...More

Thank 303kit
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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
Ng L
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