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- 98%Family Travelers
- 58%Art & Design Lovers
- 54%Local Culture
- 52%Nightlife Lovers
- 52%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 52%History Buffs
Member Reviews (86)
- ExploratoriumAmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 9Mar 13, 2014
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!
- ExploratoriumMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily TravelersFoodies+ 2Mar 08, 2014
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.
- ExploratoriumOct 25, 2013
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.
- ExploratoriumMember ofFoodiesBackpackersNightlife Lovers+ 1Feb 21, 2014
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.
- ExploratoriumMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Oct 15, 2013
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.
- ExploratoriumOct 12, 2013
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.
- ExploratoriumMember ofFoodiesBackpackersAdventure TravelersSep 13, 2013
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!
- ExploratoriumMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 11Sep 13, 2013
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.
- ExploratoriumMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 5Sep 13, 2013
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.
- ExploratoriumMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Sep 13, 2013
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.