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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 650 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 (BART or MUNI) plus there's parking nearby. Tickets are available online (recommended) or at the door.
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00, 18:00 - 22:00
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 via mobile

This place is for all people who like puzzles and want to know how things work. All sorts of areas, sound and motion, life and water, social behaviour to name a few. It’s on Pier 15 and we got there after walking a few blocks...More

Thank Cynthia N
Reviewed 2 days ago

For so many reasons yes to this place! It is engaging, it is fun for all ages and it is so cool! The best part is that they love teachers so if you are a teacher you can get free admission! It kept my three...More

Thank Ana N
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A visit to the Exploratorium was the last event on our SF family holiday schedule and it was fantastic. Lots to see and actively participate or interact with throughout the museum. Some of the more popular exhibits had small queues but crowding around an amazing...More

Thank MarkDip
Reviewed 3 days ago

Wonderful for children and there Grandparents too. Lots of hands on. Lots of opportunity to learn. Great rainy day or any day adventure.

Thank psalamon
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We only had a few hours to spend here, which was not enough time, you can spend a day here. The kids couldn’t believe all the hands on stuff to do. The kids learnt how things worked and how things happen. Everyone had a fantastic...More

Thank Kensingtoncarole
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visiting from out of town and thoroughly after dark on Thursday nights. So fun to be in a science museum with all adults so you can try out the exhibits without feeling like you need to defer to the youngest in line. Parking across the...More

Thank visitall50
Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum is really interactive and informative, but I felt that it catered more to children than to adults (I'm 21). However, the experience was still great! Had I been younger, I think I would have thoroughly enjoyed my time here.

Thank awkwardgirl17
Reviewed 1 week ago

The place was educational but not as good as the Science museum in Boise, ID (maybe because it was not as crowded and went off-peak there). Best exhibit was the Einstein/Monroe portrait. If you look far away it’s a portrait of Marilyn Monroe but as...More

Thank uncvcutraveller
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So it’s day three in San Fran, you’ve done the Bridges, you’ve done the Wharf, the kids are sick of walking and Mum & Dad are skint.... I walked past twice and thought “please God no !” But yet I was convinced it was on....More

Thank SiBarlow007
Reviewed 1 week ago

When I was a kid I used to go to the older version of the Exploratorium. This new building and exhibits are phenomenal!! Plan to spend an entire day as there is so much to see and do!

Thank Amy M
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17 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
10 June 2017|
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Response from ExploSF | 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