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Skip the Line: Exploratorium General Admission

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    What to Expect
    Kids and adults both will love the all new Exploratorium in San Francisco! Recently reopened in a brand-new building, this favorite family attraction boasts a convenient new location along the Embarcadero waterfront, between Fisherman’s Wharf and the Ferry Building. Enjoy the vibrant bayside energy of Pier 15, and then head inside the discovery museum with your all-day general admission ticket.

    Explore at your own pace on a self-guided experience through more than 650 exhibits spread across five different galleries, including an open air-space outside and many brand-new features. Isolate the senses at the Seeing and Listening gallery, and discover the inner workings of the brain in the Human Phenomena space. 

    Get creative by building mechanical contraptions in the Tinkering gallery, and investigate Earth’s amazing eco-systems at the Living Systems area. Learn about the natural and human forces that shape the unique San Francisco Bay Area in an outdoor discovery space, and take in sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay and new Bay Bridge at the Bay Observatory Gallery. 

    See Itinerary below for a more complete description of the Exploratorium’s multi-sensory galleries.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Exploratorium, Green St Pier 15, The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111
    • Entry/Admission - Exploratorium
    • Guaranteed to skip the lines
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Food and drinks
    • Tactile Dome experience
    • Viator ticket purchases cannot be applied to an annual membership at the museum.
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Free admission for children ages 3 and under
    • All exhibition spaces, stores, dining areas, and all public restrooms are wheelchair and stroller accessible.
    • A limited number of wheelchairs and strollers are available for loan, free of charge. They are located at the Info Desk on a first-come first-serve basis.
    • Guide dogs and other certified assistance animals are welcome
    • Tactile maps for blind and visually impaired visitors are available upon request.
    • Coin-operated lockers are located just past Ticketing and the Info desk
    • Complimentary museum maps are available in English, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, French, German, Portuguese, Korean, and Japanese.
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 1 week ago

    This was my first visit at the Pier 15 location. This was also my 2yr old grand-son's first visit to Exploritorium. Had a ball! Parking was good also (we went on a Thursday afternoon). Anytime my grand-son can touch EVERYTHING , there is fun to...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank James C
    Reviewed September 11, 2019 via mobile

    Me and my wife visited while on vacation. Although we had a great time we realized our kids would have probably had a better time! There is so much to do and learn here. Highly recommend!

    Date of experience: September 2019
    1  Thank Budman5x
    Reviewed September 3, 2019

    I have two engineering degrees, and my kids, my wife, and I spent nearly the entire day climbing all over the amazing hands-on exhibits inside the Exploratorium. It started with the mechanical displays at the front which captured the imagination of my teenagers (how do...More

    Date of experience: October 2018
    Thank 393scottn
    Reviewed August 31, 2019

    This is a great place to explore, because, well, you can really explore! We spent about 2-3 hours in the exploratorium. Pretty much everything is kid friendly, but its a pretty great place for adults too. You can learn and discover, and pretty much everything...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank sivandana96
    Reviewed August 26, 2019

    I love the Exploratorium. There are so many interactive exhibits and so much to do. The kids have so much fun too. The employees and volunteers are very friendly and helpful. We went on a Saturday, and it was very crowded; Obviously, we expected that....More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    1  Thank henxrylife
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    July 29, 2019|
    Response from SW547 | Reviewed this property |
    According to the latest info: The Dome was redesigned and rebuilt for Pier 15 and opened in 2013. Note: The Tactile Dome will be closed for routine maintenance from Tuesday, September 3 through Sunday, September 29.
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    • Duration: 2h
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    • Languages Offered: English, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish
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