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- 98%Family Travelers
- 59%Art & Design Lovers
- 55%Local Culture
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- ExploratoriumMember ofStudentsLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 14May 16, 2014
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).Recommended for:
- ExploratoriumAmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 9Apr 27, 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!Recommended for:
- ExploratoriumMember ofFoodiesBackpackersNightlife LoversTrendstersMar 28, 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.Recommended for:
- ExploratoriumMember ofStudentsLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 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.Recommended for:
- ExploratoriumMember ofStudentsLocal 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.Recommended for:
- ExploratoriumMember ofBusiness TravelersFamily TravelersFoodiesNightlife LoversJun 23, 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.Recommended for:
- ExploratoriumMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 3Jun 07, 2014
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.Recommended for:
- ExploratoriumMember ofFoodiesBackpackersAdventure TravelersMar 26, 2014
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!Recommended for:
- 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.Recommended for:
- ExploratoriumSep 13, 2013
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!:)Recommended for:
- ExploratoriumMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 2Sep 13, 2013
You don't even have to be a kid to love this place, but it will bring out the kid in you. Find out how to fake a smile, why we smell, and feel your way through total darkness. Bonus: The drop-dead gorgeous Palace of Fine Arts (and lake -- bring bread crumbs for the swans and ducks) built for the San Francisco World's Fair are next door and yummy restaurants are a short walk away in the Marina District. Kids could spend an entire day here without getting bored.Recommended for:
Open Hours:Tue-Sun: 10am-5pm