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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 19.95*
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Exploratorium Admission: Thursday Evening Happy Hour
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USD 69.00*
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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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  • Average6%
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Hours Today: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Pier 15, on the Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111
+1 415-528-4444
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Great place to take kids of all ages. Get there when it opens and you have the whole place to yourself. Within an hour, school trips arrive and it gets very busy.

Thank Lee M
Reviewed 2 days ago

There's so much to see and learn in this place! Very entertaining and interactive for all ages -- definitely felt like I was back in school.

Thank Regina R
Reviewed 3 days ago

This hands-on science museum is for kids of all ages. Originally housed in the Palace of Fine Arts area of San Francisco, the Exploratorium moved to its own building on a conveniently located pier along the Embarcadero, near the Ferry Building. It's a beautiful site...More

Thank travelista717
Reviewed 4 days ago

This place is a very entertaining place for young kids to enjoy an interactive experience. There are many unique displays for learning about sound, connections, sight, function, form, etc. We expected things to be a little more high tech with a little "wow" factor. Instead,...More

Thank Kroneo
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place was really fun. There were plenty of exhibits that sparked my interest in science and learning.

Thank Y3706OVbenjamint
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came here expecting a 1-2 hour trip with some exhibits, but we stayed almost 4 hours. Would HIGHLY recommend if you have kids and would HIGHLY suggest if you're without kids to go during their adults only night session. Plenty of school groups running around...More

Thank TheTangoFox
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's not bad. I imagine for kids it's fantastic! As two 30 somethings we found some parts interesting and some parts not so much. I'd imagine the target audience is children though and it probably hits the spot there. For us though, average and probably...More

Thank DustCobbler
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a perfect choice for spending the morning with family of all ages. We all loved it and it was great seeing the young adult cousins (19, 22) bond with the littles (6, 8) over the exhibits. My 6 year old loved that everything...More

Thank Kathy B
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a pretty amazing place to be considering it is both entertaining for both young and old. We didn't spend too long in here as we had other places to visit but i can only imagine if we had more time. There's too many interesting...More

Thank ChevySim
Reviewed 1 week ago

great spot for learning and fun. Science is explain via exhibits. There are all sorts of special event and the space is really fun. On some nights they have an adult event and there are drinks served. A great tourist or just fun for the...More

Thank SBG415
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18 November 2017|
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Response from Hillarodri | Reviewed this property |
Ohhh no I think these are perfect ages to go...
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