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Pier 15, on the Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111
+1 415-528-4444
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USD 29.95*
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Exploratorium General Admission
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USD 15.00*
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Exploratorium Admission: Thursday Evening Happy Hour
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USD 89.00*
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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Pier 15, on the Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111
+1 415-528-4444
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Reviewed yesterday

A fascinating lesson on all things science, in a fun, unstructured atmosphere! I am not sure WHO had more fun, the adults or the kids! The best I have been to!

Thank saunderslaurenl
Reviewed yesterday

WOW...... It is like every hands on fun science experience at every science museum across the US all in ONE location. It goes on and on and on. Honestly so overwhelming because you can't say you saw it all ... seriously it would take multiple...More

Thank OrlandoFamily5
Reviewed yesterday

Wow this place is very big! I expected to be there a couple of houre ( the most ) thinking my daugther would get tired... Well we where there for 4h and I had to drag her out! Huge place , not too crowded (...More

Thank Maria B
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is the second time we visited the Exploratorium, the first one being 4 years ago. As then, the Exploratorium is a science centre with a broader scope than an average one and via interactive games challenges preconceptions. A number of hours very well spent.

Thank Anco M
Reviewed 3 days ago

If you buy a city pass, this is one of the passes in the book. Absolutely go! Other than Alcatraz, this is the best thing we did as a family in San Francisco. There is sooo much to do. Fun for kids, teens, and adults....More

Thank karenpY2042IY
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I visited whilst in San Fran with my 5 and 9 year olds. They had so much fun here and learnt a lot. We were only there for 3 hours and could have stayed all day. The restaurant at the end of the pier, attached...More

Thank We_love_holidays_107
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I am 12 and my brother is 9. We came to the Exploratorium and thought it was fun and interesting but it was definitely too crowded. So crowded that, at some exhibits you could hardly see some parts of the exhibit. With less people it...More

1  Thank Catherine D
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is such a cool, hands-on museum with so much to do! It is vast, so a few hours isn't enough to experience even one section. (I would suggest a full day in order to explore everything and not be rushed.)

Thank robinls2015
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Here on a Friday morning (7/14/2017) with my 9 year old and 12 year old. The museum is very interesting and unique. However each exhibit is surrounded by 10-15 kids. Children would like to play and learn from exhibits, but just way too crowded. Especially...More

1  Thank Rad_Danny
Reviewed 1 week ago

Me and my son went here and spent the entire day and still didn't see everything it is the best thing for a family might seem expensive at $30 for adult and $20 for kids but worth every penny been to several hands on museums...More

Thank Kenton W
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Yael D
15 July 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
11 June 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
28 May 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