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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 yesterday via mobile

This place was fun for all! We got there early because there are a few things to do outside while you wait for it to open! The activities are easy to do and the explanations are easy to understand! You could easily spend 2 days...More

Thank Janet W
Reviewed yesterday

My husband and I and our 12 year old grandson spent a wonderful afternoon here. The exhibits are captivating, interesting, fun and educational -- no matter what your interests, you're sure to find lots to like. The exhibits are well conceived and constructed, and everything...More

Thank kurseni
Reviewed yesterday

At first I thought it's just another run-of-the-mill science museum. I couldn't be more wrong! What makes this place unique is that every exhibit is hands-on. I consider myself a science and hitech guy and I have to admit that I actually learned a thing...More

Thank dat0da
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Love this place so much! The best science we have been around the world. They don't just tell you the theory directly but let you learn the fun facts by playing with everything. My husband and I are both very into maths so we spent...More

Thank Gene K
Reviewed 3 days ago

This sensational, hands-on science centre invites visitors of all ages to “ask questions and question answers”. It’s a brilliant ambition and the exhibits are perfectly designed for this goal. The exhibits appeal to all ages and they allow visitors to explore all sorts of scientific...More

Thank jacquiupstairs
Reviewed 3 days ago

Museum was busy but was a hit with three generations including teenagers. Could easily have spent a day there with everyone being occupied.

Thank Silvanamoth
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I have been there with my kids ranging between 11 and 20. Everybody enjoyed their 5 hours there!! The place is very interactive, and makes all science topics so interesting. The best science music I have ever been!

Thank Ybens
Reviewed 4 days ago

Be prepared to spend an entire day. We can here the second day of our visit as it was raining and we did not want to roam around but my kids made me come the second day. You need one full day maybe more to...More

Thank DalmatianCanada
Reviewed 4 days ago

My kids (7-9Y) enjoyed the experience and had ready interesting engagement with various sections. we have been to at least 5 children museums all around the States and this one stands out . Not to be missed!

Thank dabbagmm
Reviewed 6 days ago

Oh man! We love science and we love beer! This was a great stop on our trip in San Francisco. But hey, just because you can't go during the adult night does not mean you should not go. Loved the exhibits!

Thank Cheyenne B
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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
10 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