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Exploratorium: Tours & Tickets

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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...more
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Hours Today: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
Green St, Pier 15, The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111
North Waterfront/Embarcadero
+1 415-528-4444
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All reviews all ages science museum interactive exhibits hands on activities kids and adults great hands great for kids any age we spent hours year olds great museum palace of fine arts rainy day three hours lots of fun ferry building tactile
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Reviewed 6 days 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 6 days ago

Went here with my grand nieces and nephew this summer. My goodness! What an amazing array of things to play with! And all of them were educational. The location on the Embarcadero in San Francisco is charming. Highly recommend for adults and children alike.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Arcimboldo1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an excellent day out, I would book at least a full day to be able to explore this venue. The things that are available for visitors to do, are excellent to learn about science. The Exploratorium is excellent for kids and for parents...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Elaine B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

wish my kids and grand children were with us to learn hands-on and enjoy . so many interesting parts.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank miri s
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fun for all ages to explore, learn and imagine. If you have an interest in science, you will certainly enjoy your visit.

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Dozens of experiments throughout in which the visitor can participate contributing to actual data collection for refinements of selected endeavors. My favorite was being shown different photographs after each of which a robot would "read" my reaction (happy, sad, disgusted, surprised, etc). I would then...More

Thank Linda A
Reviewed September 8, 2019

Okay, so we weren't too keen on visiting a 'museum' in San Francisco. I mean we grew up near the Science and Industry museum in Chicago and I've been to the Franklin Institute in Philly like way too many times. Our SF relatives suggested this...More

Date of experience: July 2019
1  Thank LoveMy3cookies
Reviewed September 5, 2019

We were looking for something to do to entertain 3 young children (7, 9 & 10)- my friend's grandchildren and decided to take them to the Exploratorium - went with an open mind not knowing what to expect but was glad that we did go....More

Date of experience: August 2019
1  Thank 792viv
Reviewed September 4, 2019

Contains some neat stuff but wouldn't really recommend as a destination for just adults. Kids must be school age to really appreciate.

Date of experience: October 2018
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July 17, 2019|
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Response from tifsterv | Reviewed this property |
Make sure to get a hand stamp.
July 14, 2019|
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Response from tifsterv | Reviewed this property |
There will be some items for a two year old. It can be crowded in the narrow walkways. I would recommend the Bay Area Discovery Museum (North of Golden Gate) and/or the Children’s Discovery Museum in San Jose. Great... More
August 9, 2018|
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Response from NYCBabeRomford | Reviewed this property |
Definitely not. There’s lots to do and I’d recommend getting there as soon as it opens because it gets REALLY busy.