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Exploratorium

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 650 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 (BART or MUNI) plus there's parking nearby. Tickets are available online (recommended) or at the door.
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  • Average6%
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“all ages” (330 reviews)
“science museum” (146 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Pier 15, on the Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111
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Reviewed yesterday

This place had literally thousands of things to do. As a parent and going to an exploratorium in other places I thought it would be boring. This is well funded operation. Tons of things to do and they are interactive and surprising. Blew my mind...More

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Reviewed yesterday

Lots of hands on science exhibits for all ages, a great place to spend a few hours... just up the street from pier 39 and Fisherman’s wharf

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Reviewed yesterday

We only allotted a few hours of our vacation schedule to this and wish we'd planned for a full day or more! This place was so much fun for kids and adults alike! Make sure to book early for the Tactile Dome, we didn't get...More

Thank Melissa S
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I was here for a private party, so I didn't get to see all of it. However, the bits I did experience were a lot of fun. The place is packed with things to try out, explaining various scientific concepts in ways you can experience...More

Thank Jorge V
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We had a great time there, but would have enjoyed it even more if we had kids with us. Warning: the cafe is expensive, especially if you have kids ($11 for hot dog and fries). Profits go to a worthy cause, though. The stores are...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

If youre a family with kids come anytime, if youre an adult who doesnt want to hear the screaming roar of children, come for AFTER DARK event, for 21+ only with adults only, bars around and a nice friend date or first date kind of...More

Thank boomcaruso
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Reviewed 6 days ago

So much to do, so many things to see and try. We thought we'd spend two hours inside, instead we stayed for four hours and still didn't get enough.

Thank Eran M
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Worth a visit while in SF! Fun for both kids and adults. There’s so much to do you can easily spend three hours. Food is available there but if you want to save money, bring your own snacks. Parking is available at Pier 19 1/2,...More

Thank emnem216
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been to the Exploratorium twice, both times for over three hours or more, and each time I could have stayed for another three hours at least! there is so much to see and do, and it is even fun to watch other people (especially...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lots to do, very well layout, lots of people but don't feel too crowded. Our whole family enjoyed it very much. It's one of the best science museums out there.

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Becka T
19 April 2018|
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Response from ExploSF | Property representative |
Hi Becka, While SFMoMA is a wonderful experience, it is a traditional museum experience, whereas the Exploratorium is all interactive/hands-on. Our 650+ exhibits are all meant to be touched and experimented with by visitors... More
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Chorch2000
13 February 2018|
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Response from ExploSF | Property representative |
Hello, Our average visit is about 3-4 hours, but there are many visitors who will spend from open to close experiencing the 650+ hands-on exhibits. We look forward to your visit!
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Pam m
29 January 2018|
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Hi Pam, While the Exploratorium is geared for visitors of all ages, we do offer exhibits that are particularly appealing to toddlers. Involving color, bubbles, light and shadows these installations get a five-rattle rating... More
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