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Exploratorium

Pier 15, San Francisco, CA 94111
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  • ExploratoriumPro 2014
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    Went here as a child all the time and always felt like I stepped into another world. Really great exhibits and a ton of interactive things to do for kids.

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    Super cool museum but totally overrun with kids. If you have kids-- great. If you don't-- try the night version.

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  • Exploratorium

    Don't miss the exploratorium at San Francisco's Pier 15. The kids will love it and it brings out everyone's sense of play and curiosity! Definitely visit the "black box" exhibit - a must see.

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  • ExploratoriumPro 2014

    This is an amazing facility that is geared for children, but fun for all ages. The exhibits are interactive, and it is easy to spend half a day to a day here.

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    Amazing place to explore how things work. Amazing for any age. You could spend the whole day and not do everything. #gogotip: get there when it opens to beat the crowds.

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    Remember the nervousness you feel in museums trying to not touch anything? Go crazy at Exploratorium, interactive science is exhibited here. Everything from trying to pass your fingers through sparks (then brag about it to your friends), learning how the motion picture works, trying different techniques to compete to create the biggest bubbles, so much fun even for adults! It's located in the same square as the gorgeous Palace of Arts and a free shuttle from Golden Gate bridge will get you here.

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    If you're anything like me and wildly excited by hands-on-applications of SCIENCE then you definitely want to check out the Exploratorium. The exhibits are rotated frequently so no trip is the same. The tactile dome is an adventure in the dark (IE the place to go and make-out if you've a partner in crime).

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    Great view along the Pier and fun science, environmental, and technology exhibits! If you're there on the first Thursday of the month, they open late and serve drinks.

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  • ExploratoriumPro 2014

    Established in 1969. On April 17, 2013, the Exploratorium opened to the public at it's new home at Pier 15, on San Francisco's historic Embarcadero.

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    I came here for Exploratorium After Dark with some coworkers. For $15, this is quite the experience! The space is large and there are quite a few things to check out, interact with, and learn about. It was kind of like a maze...so many things to look at! It got pretty crowded around 8pm.

    There's easy access to Pier 15 with Bart off of Market Street a couple of blocks away and there are several MUNI buses in the area. I wouldn't recommend driving if you're here for the After Dark event (with beers and cocktails going throughout the night).

    Overall a fun place to hang out with friends or even bring the family to learn something!

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    The Exploratorium is amazing! Sure, I had to fight kids to get to each little station, but it was so worth it. It was like being a kid again! I love pressing buttons and I love that EVERY single exhibit is hands-on. It's just as much a playground for adults as it is for kids!

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  • Exploratorium

    Of course this place is great for kids, but in my opinion, it's the perfect place for a grown-up date as well. It's full of toys and hands-on experiments that push you to understand the world around you. Every single exhibit is hands on - some are simple and fun - an echo chamber, a bubble exhibit - others are complex and fascinating, like an exhibit on how sound works, and neuroscience exhibits. THis place leaves me feeling delighted and curious and in love with the world every time I visit.

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    The sign posted at the entrance to the museum inviting its guests to "touch everything" just about says it all: this is not a museum full of roped-off exhibits. Rather, the Exploratorium is something of a giant, interactive playground, for adults and children alike. Many of the exhibits are simple - made of rope, wire, wood or magnets - and offer visitors a challenge to figure out what they do. My favorite exhibit is the musical drinking fountain - easy to miss if you don't head to the bathrooms. Every time you bend down to take a drink, it plays a new melody.

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    Full on hands-on science fun. It is noisy! In it's new location you get wonderful bay views and it's easy to walk to from the Embarcadero, or take a trolley.

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    Visiting the exploratorium was a lot of fun. It is a great place for kids to explore and learn about science. Interesting stuff, almost everything in the exhibition is hands on. You can defiantly pass 2-4 hours inside.

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    In a new and completely modern location right on the Embarcadero (at Pier 15 near Fisherman's Wharf), this gold standard of children's museums is a pioneer in interactive learning. You know all those stuffy museums where you have to be quiet and you can't touch anything? Pshaw. You are required to touch, smell, pick up, turn over, or feel just about every exhibit here. The Exploratorium is famous for its Tactile Dome, an enclosed orb where visitors have to pass a field of objects in total darkness, using touch as their only sense.

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  • ExploratoriumPro 2014
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    I would definitely recommend this place for anyone visiting San Fran with kids! It's an excellent place to spend an afternoon! There are a ton of different exhibits and they're all hands on. Nice little food cafe to get a bite to eat.

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    Normally a wacky hands-on science museum that delights kids and adults alike, the Exploratorium also stands in quite nicely as a party venue. Just had my ten year high school reunion and had a pretty solid time reminiscing in a location that was temporally relevant.

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    i'm just another one of the thousands of people that was tricked to going on a field trip here only to find out science was actually pretty fun. they got me good!

    since my very first visit to the exploratorium i have always looked forward to going back. what could be better than a museum where your encouraged to touch and play with everything?! sure they have so many things to see and many have their favorites but mine was always the gift shop. i could get some super sweet new science toy so i could use it to accidentally almost burn down my parents house.

    it's been many years since i've been to the exploratorium but i do know i'm due for another visit soon. i'm really looking forward to taking my kids here someday so i can see the smiles on their faces as i trick them into loving science.

    well first things first so may bye i can meet my future wife by accidentally bumping into her in the tactile dome. this place is too fun. it's pitch black and you need to use your other senses to get around many obstacles including other people. my excuse if i bump into her pretty good is i'm only trying to learn here!:)

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    This is a nice place where kids can learn about science in all its many facets. The exhibits are hands on, or walk on rather and very interactive. Afterwards or before hand you can always bring them around the park outside. The exploratorium is located at The Palace of the Fine Arts and if you walk a little further out to Crissy Fields by the water, you can see the Golden Gate Bridge. And if you feel hungry, you would be located by the Marina district where there are a lot of food locations to try out.

    ON ANOTHER NOTE
    uhm, yeah
    so holiday party at the exploritorium.......
    ok so run down of last night goes like this

    get of land yacht
    get name tags for me and mine
    fine said plus one and then get in line
    somehow get inside after the long ass line
    found the open bar and drank some more with more poeple
    I believe I saw some exhibits.....and some food I think, or perhaps they were exhibits too, but who really knows after that much alcohol
    danced my ass off I think with a bunch of yelpers in a crowd
    amazingly found my way back to land yacht at the right time
    the ride back I recall was a lot more tame than the ride up
    and i'm on the computer now to review this.......
    I don't know how or why
    it just is
    ;D

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The Exploratorium is an educational museum in San Francisco that combines science, art and multimedia presentations in order to promote public understanding of scientific and natural phenomena. The museum is a massive affair, with over four hundred exhibitions on display at any one time and over seven hundred total, most of which were designed by in-house engineers and educators. Extremely popular as a children’s activity, the Exploratorium has much to offer for adults as well, and is a must-visit when in San Francisco.

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