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- 98%Family Travelers
- 56%Art & Design Lovers
- 54%Local Culture
- 52%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 52%History Buffs
Member Reviews (83)
- ExploratoriumCommunity ManagerMember ofArt & Design LoversLocal CultureFoodies+ 4Aug 09, 2013
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.
- 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 ofArt & Design LoversLocal CultureBudget Travelers+ 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 ofArt & Design LoversLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 7Sep 13, 2013
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
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
- 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.