Science Museum, Other Nightlife, and Museum · Northern Waterfront
Pier 15 (Embarcadero), San Francisco, CA 94111, United States
Open until 5:00 PM (Show more)
  • Tue–Wed, Fri–Sun
    • 10:00 AM–5:00 PM
  • Thu
    • 10:00 AM–5:00 PM
    • 6:00 PM–10:00 PM
Beer, Wine, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)

The Exploratorium is a world-renowned, playful learning laboratory of provocative exhibits & experiences that ignite curiosity & transform the way people learn.


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    Areej A.
    "Great place for kids and adults .. really really fun"(6 Tips)
    "first Thursday of every month and take a date to After Dark"(5 Tips)
    David M.
    "See the bay view and learn with hands on activities."(7 Tips)
    Jeff W.
    "Great cafe."(5 Tips)
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  • cansu u.

    Take your kid and spend a day full of joy and science

    cansu ugurlu · 1 week ago
  • Bob R.

    Plan a long day. Great for kids 7 and older. Too much for younger ones. Resist the urge to bring the little ones until they can begin to grasp the scientific principles at work

    Bob Raines · 2 weeks ago
  • Rosaline

    Great service and recommendations on cool gifts for curious kids that enjoy taking things apart or seeing how things work.

    Rosaline · 2 weeks ago
  • m d.

    So much fun! Especially for kids, must be enjoyable place.

    m d · October 24
  • Alex P.

    One of my top favorite places. I love adult night, and when I have kids, I want them to take camps here.

    Alex Parker · October 23
  • spaceghost q.

    best museum in the city. loved this place as a kid and as an adult

    spaceghost qa · October 7
  • Kian L.

    Make sure you check out the camera obscura on the top floor! Definitely a highlight

    Kian Lavi · September 9
  • Erin K.

    Great for kids and adults!

    Erin K · September 2
  • Areej A.

    Great place for kids and adults .. really really fun

    Areej Ashour · August 16
  • Arianna B.

    Very interactive. Entertaining for all ages, educational.

    Arianna Berman · August 13
  • Dominic R.

    All the science exhibits bring back memories of childhood!

    Dominic Rios · July 16
  • Rebecca M.

    Great museum for kids and adults alike. Please allow a few hours to see the entire museum; it's quite big.

  • Gilda J.

    Everything. Make sure you have time. Lots to look at.

    Gilda Jaime · July 11
  • Alejandro V.

    Incredible view to the bay. Totally worth the entry.

  • Cameron K.

    My favorite museum of all time! Make sure to set aside enough time! There is a lot to see and explore!

    Cameron Ketcham · June 26
  • shyain c.

    Its way more fun for younger children because they don't have to worry about stepping on them.

  • Hallebeek

    After 6 pm is adults only :)

    Hallebeek · June 9
  • Larissa P.

    The best recreation for kids and adults alike. Maybe even more for the latter.

    Larissa Pak · June 4
  • Stephanie R.

    Awesome place for kids and families. So interactive.

  • Jenny Q.

    Such a fun museum, and the new location is huge. This is science the way it's meant to be taught

    Jenny Q · May 26
  • Bre R.

    Lots of fun but bring hand sanitizer!

    Bre Roz · May 13
  • Runqiu C.

    $29 for adult ticket is expensive! It's easy to spend 2 hours here. Very fun.

    Runqiu Cai · May 13
  • Victoria Z.

    Cool gift shop.

    Victoria Zodrow · May 10
  • Destynee A.

    An amazing building of science omg. Just perfect. I would advise at least 3 hours to get he complete experience.

    Destynee Autumn · April 2
  • Hamdi B.

    Nice museum, really funny !

    Hamdi Ben Lagha · March 24
  • Arjun S.

    Don't miss out on the section upstairs. My favorite was the camera obscura !!

    Arjun Sundararajan · March 23
  • Luis Eduardo C.

    It's a great experience for your senses. A must visit.

  • Michael Y.

    Wonderful place so enjoyable👍

    Michael Yshanghai · March 19
  • Kwendo J.

    The fee to enter is a bit exorbitant but there are some cool stuff

    Kwendo Josh · March 18
  • The Ritz-Carlton

    The Exploratorium, an interactive science museum, is great family fun. Test your sense of touch in the darkness at the Tactile Dome.

    The Ritz-Carlton · March 16
  • Marianella R.

    Its awesome, it will tale you several hours to be able to see most attractions.

    Marianella Raygada · March 16
  • Shreyans P.

    One of SF's best attractions

    Shreyans Parekh · March 15
  • Ashley K.

    Great museum worth an entire afternoon of playing and exploring!

    Ashley Kemper · March 12
  • Michael D.

    WOW. Probably one of my favorite hands on science museums out there. Make a lot of time and try the tactile dome.

    Michael Davidson · March 8
  • Mohammad A.

    Not to be missed specially if you have kids. Adults will like it to

    Mohammad Abusharif · February 17
  • Joshua H.

    Lots of fun and their weekly social lubrication nighttime drinking event is great fun.

    Joshua Haftel · February 13
  • Bettina K.

    Great place to hang out on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon

    Bettina Kast · February 13
  • Frank A.

    Very interesting and fun

    Frank Anes · February 12
  • Jasmine P.

    Lovely place to re-energize your brain juices! It's amazing how little you know :p

    Jasmine Pang · February 11
  • Puu K.

    I recommend spending a whole day here. So much to explore. Kids love it, and so do this 27-yr-old adult. You will have so much FUN.

    Puu Kampolratana · February 11
  • Becca H.

    Super expensive.

    Becca H · January 28
  • Imen S.

    A playground disguised as a museum. Get in touch with the inquisitive child in you and try the tactile dome if you're not claustrophobic or afraid of darkness ! It's worth it.

    Imen Soltani · January 20
  • Clara B.

    Great place even for adults. Lots of science based experiments to touch

    Clara Bayarri · January 18
  • Jacqueline T.

    Great for kids!

    Jacqueline Topete · January 11
  • Alexa Jane D.

    The Exploratorium is so much fun. Go on the 1st Thursday of the month for late night. Also, get the tacos and the potatoes bravos!

    Alexa Jane Denner · January 6
  • Giambattista M.

    Great! #sf

  • Natz U.

    Awesome place and they serve alcohol as well

    Natz Urena · January 4
  • Jonathan

    Interactive, fun, and worth the money.

    Jonathan · January 3
  • KristenPs

    best museum to explore and learn how the world is and why! A must-visit for kids & not only! Will take you at least three to fours hours to see and discover all exhibits!

    KristenPs · December 24, 2014
  • Todd Z.

    This is the best hands-on science/nature experience I've ever seen - great for young and old.

    Todd Z · December 12, 2014

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