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Exploratorium: Tours & Tickets

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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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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
Green St, Pier 15, The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111
North Waterfront/Embarcadero
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All reviews all ages science museum interactive exhibits hands on activities kids and adults great hands great for kids we spent hours year olds great museum palace of fine arts rainy day three hours lots of fun ferry building tactile biology
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice new space. Great parking. And my 2yr old grand son had a ball. The pricing options was also a plus. An awesome place for little ones and grown-ups to learn by touching EVERYTHING!!

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank James C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went to the Exploratorium on one of their adult nights. If you don't want to wade through children to play and see the exhibits, this is for you. Awesome Orchestra was playing in gallery 4. There were cocktail bars set up in several places....More

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Exploratorium has always been aimed at the kid in all of us. Today's version of the museum seems to be more professional and more focused on younger students than ever coupled with a strong dose of social consciousness. While still a good museum I...More

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank Seattle_Fil
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not for adult only it is really made for family with kids, Exploratorium offers loads of little interactive exhibits with explanations alongside dealing with mathematics, physics, biology, etc.(6 categories). Many exhibits are not accessible because of the number of kids playing around. Kids might spend...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank LuckyPierre_11
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great morning spent here, however a bus load of school going kids approx 10-12 years of age arrived just before us and took over the qhole ground floor, which was slightly annoying as it proved difficult to experience a lot of the exhibits on display...More

Thank michaelmurphy01
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our 12 yo LOVED LOVED LOVED this place. We spent all day there, and she wanted to return the following day, but our vacation plans did not have time for that. There are so many hands on exhibits and different experiences to try. She and...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Helen K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Exploratorium occupies a large space right on SF's waterfront that makes learning fun - in a way that brings a smile to everyone from toddlers to seniors. The space is easy to get around but filled with one hands on exhibit after another. You...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Mike K
Reviewed 9 October 2019

This was my first visit at the Pier 15 location. This was also my 2yr old grand-son's first visit to Exploritorium. Had a ball! Parking was good also (we went on a Thursday afternoon). Anytime my grand-son can touch EVERYTHING , there is fun to...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank James C
Reviewed 9 October 2019

Went here with my grand nieces and nephew this summer. My goodness! What an amazing array of things to play with! And all of them were educational. The location on the Embarcadero in San Francisco is charming. Highly recommend for adults and children alike.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Arcimboldo1
Reviewed 29 September 2019

This is an excellent day out, I would book at least a full day to be able to explore this venue. The things that are available for visitors to do, are excellent to learn about science. The Exploratorium is excellent for kids and for parents...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from tifsterv | Reviewed this property |
Make sure to get a hand stamp.
15 July 2019|
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Response from tifsterv | Reviewed this property |
There will be some items for a two year old. It can be crowded in the narrow walkways. I would recommend the Bay Area Discovery Museum (North of Golden Gate) and/or the Children’s Discovery Museum in San Jose. Great... More
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.