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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 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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Pier 15, on the Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111
+1 415-528-4444
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I first visited the Exploratorium about 12 years ago when it was located near the Palace of Fine Arts. I remembered it being a lot of fun. I went with two friends and one of them took an amazing picture of the other one facing...More

Thank Carina G
Reviewed 4 days ago

If you like science, or even have a vague interest - don't think, just go! Make sure you go in the morning and spend as long as you want there to make the most of your ticket, I didn't give myself enough time as I...More

Thank sophia_etc
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The Exploratorium is basically a big warehouse full of machines with buttons, switches, pulleys, and lights. It can be educational but most of the machines teach concepts that are a bit complicated for younger children (i.e. photosynthesis, light refraction, sound waves...). The perfect age group...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I (57 years old ) visited the Exploratorium during our first visit to San Francisco. Somehow, and very fortunately , right after entering to the museum we got to the Human Phenomena gallery, and tried some of the activities in there ....More

Thank iLizzy99
Reviewed 1 week ago

Fascinating science museum with an incredible array of hands on exhibits. So much to see and do. Don't miss the Tactile Dome - a pitch black dome filled with chambers, mazes and slides, which you have to find your way through just using your sense...More

Thank Lucia2Uk
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We spent 6 hours here with it even noticing the time go by! There is so much to see and do, it is an incredible science museum that should be a must see for anyone with children or a slight interest in the sciences. I...More

Thank Keith S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We arrived at opening and left a closing. There was enough activities to keep both boys and adults happy all day long. The information they had out at the check in explains how to fully enjoy your experience.

Thank Janet M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although historically the Exploratorium claims to have been inspired by European models, it should be considered the mother of all hands-on science centres. Its exhibits are an endless source of fascination and it is not to be missed under any circumstances. Entry fee is good...More

Thank Giles H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Part of the Citypass package, this is a place you should reserve 3+ hours for if you really want to try everything. Even adults will find enough experiments to play with (and ignore their own kids). The level of knowledge varies so it is appropriate...More

Thank aycwong2
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been to a few science museums including the one in Indianapolis. This maybe the best one I have been to. We spent all day while taking small breaks in between. A lot of interactive fun and learning and the views of the bay...More

Thank ErangiW
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Yael D
July 15, 2017|
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Response from Hollie834 | Reviewed this property |
I would spend the full day at the California academy of science. You could walk over to the Japanese tea garden, rent a paddle boat on the lake or just picnic in the park nearby. Then do half day at exploritorium. Make sure... More
Paul L
June 11, 2017|
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Response from explOratoriumSF | Property representative |
Hi Paul, We're excited to be part of your vacation. Over the summer, we typically tend to be less busy in the mornings right after we open. We open at 10am. We are also open Friday nights till 9pm over the summer (through... More
Ng L
May 27, 2017|
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Response from MarlySF | Reviewed this property |
Agree with the poster below. Not many of us here who reviewed Exploratorium and wrote a review would have that experience, as it doesn't apply to the attraction itself. Do go to the source ----- where you bought your... More