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Skip the Line: Exploratorium General Admission
From US$25.45*
Skip the Line: Exploratorium General Admission
From US$25.45*
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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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Green St, Pier 15, The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111
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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 whole family four hours palace of fine arts great museum rainy day lots of fun ferry building
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Reviewed 3 days ago

An interactive way to explore the world through science. All ages can learn as they explore the exhibits. We needed more time than our 5 year old grand daughter allowed as she played with the hands on exhibits. Definitely an attraction to see again.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank jimmyjoe88
Reviewed 5 days ago

Taking the children was the goal but the adults became more than willing participants in the fascinating displays and activities.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank revuncledoc
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Was a very very wet Sunday, so very full of kids, but there's so much to see it didn't really matter, it's not your normal museum, it's so interactive and fun, doesn't matter how old you are you're going to learn something you didn't know,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Maisy12345
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stumbled upon the Exploratorium After Dark while taking a walk in San Francisco. What a lucky find! On some Thursday nights, it is adults only and had a bar set up. We thoroughly enjoyed the hands on exhibits that make science and learning fun.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank O4400QYcarolh
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great place to go with Kids, A lot of hands on experiences for all ages. Even as an adult without kids, if you like science or learning how things work, this is a great place to go. Just watching the kids interact...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank maggi3191
Reviewed 1 week ago

First bit of advice is to buy your tickets online! If you do this, you can bypass the line there is to purchase tickets and get straight to the fun! I took my kids here (ages 3 and 5) and they both had a blast....More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank haithai1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is so much fun and learning. We spent the whole day there having our minds blown and trying to get around it all. Best science museum I’ve ever been too. Well worth a look!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Sageyboy1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a whole day of rain in San Fran so decided to spend the afternoon here. Great for kids and adults, very hands on and lots to learn and play with. A bit expensive but worth it. The cafe wasn't bad either with some...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank cyntwh
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very interactive science exhibits that are mostly indoor. It is terrific for all kind of weather. There are rotating exhibits that follow a certain theme. My 4 year old spends the whole day here and does not want to go home.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank sbudiman
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was interesting to see all of the hands on exhibits. It was extremely crowded and hot inside. It was nice to take a break and go outside.

Date of experience: December 2018
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10 August 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.
Audrey L
18 July 2018|
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Response from ExploSF | Property representative |
Hi Audrey, All visitors can "pay-what-you-wish" on our yearly Community Days, when museum entry is on a first-come, first-served basis. Remaining Community Days for 2018: • Community Day (Saturday, September 22, 2018... More
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