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The Exploratorium

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Address: Pier 15, on the Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111
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+1 415-528-4444
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10:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Thu 18:00 - 22:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
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Experience the Exploratorium, a hands-on museum of science, art, and human...

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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US$29.95*
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Exploratorium General Admission
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US$15.00*
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Exploratorium Admission: Thursday Evening Happy Hour
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US$89.00*
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Well curated and designed science learning for kids

The exploratorium is probably one of the best science centers in the world for young children. Hands-on learning that are fun, exciting, and actually functional most of the time... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Oakland, California
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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The exploratorium is probably one of the best science centers in the world for young children. Hands-on learning that are fun, exciting, and actually functional most of the time. Adults learn as much as kids!

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Napa, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Many stimulating and interacttive evolving installations. My grandchildren understood more of it than I did, but I learned a lot!

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Roseville, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Take your kids. They and you will love a day here. Really interesting and fun. It's close to Golden Gate Park and Fisherman's wharf so you can fit more than one thing into a very fun day.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A terrific place to visit with kids and had we known it was open specially for the holidays we would have walked faster and had a longer visit. Loads of interactive exhibits and the variety meant there were lots of different experiences to be had.

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Santa Rosa, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Recently went with my family. The Exploratorium makes learning science fun. The kids learn as much as the adults. The place is pretty well laid out. Plan on spending at least a couple of hours there (if not longer. We did). The Exploratorium also has an cafeteria-style eatery. The food is not bad. The admission is not real cheap, but... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I love this place and take people who visit from out of town there as often as possible. Don't miss Scott Weaver's toothpick sculpture. See also the shadow box, the distorted room, and the illuminated fog exhibits. And bring your smartphone -- you'll find tons of Instagrammable moments.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A science museum with a difference. Plan to spend at least 4 hours there. Lots of hands on and learning for all ages and Thursday evening adult sessions+talks very interesting.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Exploration is reminiscent of other "experience first" museum institutions, like the Boston Museum of Science (or Computer Science). Most exhibits are interactive, and designed to teach a scientific principle through experimental results. Gravity, electricity, light refraction, biological decay, geysers, organ dissections and sound distortion are just a few of the topics explored with hands on experience. The Exploratorium is... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Exploratorium has moved from Golden Gate Park to the Embarcadero. I was last there 30 years ago with my oldest daughter who was 4 years old. I just revisited with my youngest daughter, age 30 who was not yet born on my first visit. I explained to her that they used to dissect cow eyes and to my amazement,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We love to walk and eat at the Ferry Building. This place is fabulous to spend the morning and then go to the Ferry Building. It is for everyone an you can explore no matter the age.

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