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The Exploratorium

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Address: Pier 15, on the Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone Number: +1 415-528-4444
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

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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My husband and I went to the Exploratorium as part of the San Francisco City Pass. We loved it, it was so interesting and so many different things to see and do. I highly... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Hamilton, New Zealand
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My husband and I went to the Exploratorium as part of the San Francisco City Pass. We loved it, it was so interesting and so many different things to see and do. I highly recommend a visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is an amazing place! Went with our grandchildren. You can spend hours here. It is truly a fabulous place to visit.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We spent a whole day here and the kids had a blast, it is a wonderful place for the family, even the adults can have fun here. this was the whole reason for our trip to explore .

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Took my grandchildren..8&6 to the exploratorium..what an experience but need more then a few hours.so much hands on for them. Science.math.lots to do

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

A 15 minute walk from the Wharf. You can spend hours there and you should because it is a bit pricy to enter and they shut all exhibits down the second it closes and practically shove you out the door. Beside that, it was a fun time and be sure to try the gravel walking challenge in the sound area.... More 

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Dublin, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I knew it would be a great time for the kids (mime were 7 and 9). But what surprised me was the AMAZING food at their cafeteria. I typically avoid cafeterias as I don't like that type of food, but we had no choice. I had a fall salad with pomegranates, avocado, butternut squash, chicken and more... my husband had... More 

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the place to take children of all ages. Changing exhibits and opportunities are interesting, educational and entertaining. Well worth visiting, a particularly great stop if you are dragging children to other tourist locations.

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Bengaluru, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We took 2 kids to the Exploratorium and the 9 yr old had a great time with the various experiments. She loved being able to touch and try everything as most exhibits are interactive.

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Excelsior, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

What a great place for kids of all ages. It would take a day to adequately explore all of the exhibits. Grand kids loved it Grandfather loved it. I would go again to see more. Definitely worth your time

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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We only spent two hours here at The Exploratorium and could have easily spent a few more. Its so hands on for the kids, thats what my boys loved about it..plus they learnt stuff! A win win there!

Thank BeeLeen

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