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Pier 15 The Embarcadero San Francisco, CA 94111
The EmbarcaderoUSCaliforniaSan Francisco94111
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Science MuseumToday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am – 5:00 pmTuesday 10:00 am – 5:00 pmWednesday 10:00 am – 5:00 pmThursday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, 6:00 – 10:00 pmFriday 10:00 am – 5:00 pmSaturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pmSunday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
The Exploratorium is a playful learning laboratory of interactive exhibits and experiences that ignite curiosity and transform the way people learn.
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Hundreds of interactive, educational exhibits & activities illustrating scientific principles.- Google
"The interactive exhibits are always fun and informative."
"...like 5-6 times more exhibits than at the Palace of Fine Arts location..."
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Judith or Buck
4 weeks ago
This is a "not to be missed" activity in San Francisco. It helps you and your friends understand their 5+ senses in ways we had never seen before. Plus it's an easy walk down to Fisherman's Wharf for a tasty dinner. Don't miss the Hyde Street Pier with it's tall ships and FREE sea chantey sing-along held on the 1st Saturday of each month at 8 pm to midnight. Just sign in at the gate anytime after 8 pm. Great harmony's and it's lead by a park ranger who helps you learn why certain sea chanteys are sung to different rhythms. Best FREE event in the city!
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John Newcomer
a month ago
The exploratorium is a collection of hands on science projects. It is interactive and fun for children. Be warned that this place gets very busy. Just about every station was occupied during our summer visit. There were countless day camps at the place. Recommend buying tickets on smartphone as the ticket line was very long and slow. They have a nice cafe on the water.
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Laura Knight
3 months ago
So fun, even for adults. It's also huge, so you can easily spend hours here. I've been a couple of times for the Thursday night After Dark events and they are great for dates or friends nights out... Having a drink or two makes everything even more fascinating.
Dolores Devoto
a month ago
Great to go with your kids!!!! Try going early... The only thing I didn't like much was the restaurant. It had very few menu options and they were not very healthy. But the rest is GREAT.
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Richard Sintchak
a month ago
I gotta say I much preferred the old space. This new one is gorgeous but is overwhelming and just way too much of a "good thing". It appears there's like 5-6 times more exhibits than at the Palace of Fine Arts location but at least there 70%+ of the exhibits were interesting and fun. At the new place it's maybe 30-40% and the rest about as interesting as chapter 28 of any college physics, biology or chemistry text book. Yawn. Seems they went for major quantity over interesting quality. The exhibits are well-done but after a while are just plain boring. Also the lay-out of the place is just seemingly disjointed and not very explicitly understood or flowing, and I could not figure out any set organization that would make sense for any parent without really studying the map and floor plan, let alone any kid under 10, which was about 90% of the kids there. This all resulted is kids just running around, slapping and smacking buttons or frantically turning knobs and if they did not see something happen that was interesting or cool in 5-10 seconds would just move on...makes for a very disorganized, tiring and crazy atmosphere inside with limited fun past perhaps an hour or so.
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tom10320
a month ago
This place is something a bit different, a science museum where every single exhibit is interactive, and it's great fun. Yes there are lots of children around, but even packed I don't recall having to wait very long to try out anything because there's always something else that catches your eye. If the kids really bother you, why not go during their 18+ only night? I'll certainly try that next time around. What impressed me most was the detail in which the actual science behind the fun toys was explored. For example,a pendulum exhibit explained the actual mathematical equations that describe the motion of pendulums, and a biology exhibit went through the chemical equations behind animal respiration. It was a step beyond that they probably didn't need to go to, but I appreciated it. One piece of advice - bring some hand sanitiser. If I didn't already have a cold when I visited, I'm almost certain this place would have given me one.
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Lana C
4 months ago
The new space and location along the Embarcadero provide views of the Bay and easy access to BART. The well-spaced exhibits made it crowd manageable. The Tactile Dome (separate admission price) was well organized by a staff member who was enthusiastic and gave pertinent information about what to see and expect without giving too much away. It was enjoyable and kids-friendly, with at least two opportunities to go through the dome. Food at the onsite cafeteria used locally sourced ingredients with a variety of tasty items, such as sushi and tacos.
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Tamara Farhat
6 months ago
What an amazing place. I wish I had places like this next to me while growing up. You need at least 3 hrs to check everything out. I could only imagine how much kids will love this place. I, a 20something woman couldn't get enough of it. Love the experiments and the interactions. Probably the best way to introduce and teach science to kids. Hands on teaching is the best kind. The experiments are laid around the place perfectly, lots of spacing so you don't feel overcrowded by the experiments and so everything is clear. Go and unleash that curious little kid still stuck inside of you!
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