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Exploratorium

Pier 15, San Francisco, CA 94111
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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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    If you have a kid, or you are a kid at heart, this is the playground for you. The Exploratorium is a wonderful museum of science that challenges your imagination as much as it does your mind. Many of the exhibits are fun exercises in perception, causing you to really think about why you see the world the way you do.

    Have you ever seen a soundwave traveling through water? Have you ever crawled in a pitch black dome where the only sense you could rely on to move was your sense of touch? It’s like a carnival of science that’s constantly being updated. In fact, they will be moving soon, so this may be your last chance to see it at its current location next to the beautiful Palace of Fine Arts.

    It should also be noted that one of the coolest exhibits isn’t inside the Exploratorium building at all. The Wave Organ, a wave-powered acoustic structure located out on a jetty in the San Francisco Bay, creates music through nature. I came out here with some friends at 3AM once. While we didn’t hear the sounds of the structure, we did get an amazing nighttime view of San Francisco from a dark and quiet vantage point. I don’t think you can get a view quite like that anywhere in this town.

    The museum offers a free day during the first Wednesday of every month.

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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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    Check out the new hands on space on the Embarcadero

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    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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    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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    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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    Love the new venue. It's amazing how a little basic physics can provide hours of fun. Great for kids and kids emeritus

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    Amazing hands-on tech and tinkering museum. This is a fantastic full or half-day attraction for kids, and while you're there be sure to also pay a quick visit to the Wave Organ just across the road.

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    Interactive. Hands on. Science. Knowledge. Physics. Sensory. Explore. Open mind. Quest to learn more.

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    In a city full of great things for kids, this is fantastic!

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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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    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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    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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    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
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    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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    Like I had mentioned before about the California Academy of Sciences, this place always brings back good memories of being a kid - this was one of my favorite places to go when my family and I would visit from LA. Ahhhh the memories! So nice places like this still exist for us GenX'ers!

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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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