Pier 15 (Embarcadero), San Francisco, CA 94111, United States
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The Exploratorium is a world-renowned, playful learning laboratory of provocative exhibits & experiences that ignite curiosity & transform the way people learn. We are temporarily closed as we relocate from the Palace of Fine Arts. Our grand reopening at Pier 15 is Wedn... (See all)


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    Founded in 1969 by the noted physicist Dr. Frank Oppenheimer, the Exploratorium offers visitors exhibits, webcasts, websites and events to explore & understand the world around them.

    HISTORY · April 13, 2010
  • NASA

    Have you ever wanted to fire a laser into Jello? See what a Martian snowflake looks like? Do you want to learn how to make a telescope using reading glasses? Then you've come to the right place! Read more

    NASA · December 7, 2010
  • The Wall Street Journal

    This hands-on museum, set to move to a downtown pier next year, is looking to reach a broader audience via exhibitions geared toward adults like "Sexplorations" night and other evening events. Read more

    The Wall Street Journal · March 20, 2012
  • Tim L.

    Try everything, you'll feel like a kid again.

    Tim Letscher · April 24, 2009
  • Exploratorium

    Adults, leave your kids at home on the first Thursday of every month and take a date to After Dark, the Exploratorium's night exclusively for adults. There's a new theme every month and a cash bar! Read more

    Exploratorium · August 31, 2011
  • Exploratorium

    After 40 years at the Palace of Fine Arts, the Exploratorium, SF’s museum of science, art & human perception, is moving to Pier 15 in 2013. Take a peek at construction behind the fence! More info at: Read more

    Exploratorium · August 16, 2011
  • Dora

    Swing by on the third Saturday of every month for a Physics of Toys workshop. Kids get to make (and take home!) really cool toys and gadgets.Powered by ParentsConnect.com Read more

    Dora · June 30, 2010
  • Mark C.

    Do the spinning-loops thing - one of the first exhibits as you step in the door. I could play it for hours.

    Mark Carstersen · March 16, 2009
  • ToryBurch

    You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy this art and science museum. We think it’s fun at any age.

    ToryBurch · October 12, 2011
  • Kaifu W.

    First Wednesday of the month is free.

    Kaifu Wu · February 5, 2010
  • Laura C.

    Science Museum great for children and adults. Features the Tactile Dome, which is a maze of tunnels and slides that you go through completely in the dark using your sense of touch to get you through.

    Laura C · November 17, 2011
  • Exploratorium

    Watch a cow's eye dissection at the Explainer table on the Mezzanine! Read more

    Exploratorium · August 31, 2011
  • The Bold Italic

    After Dark at the Exploratorium varies in terms of theme and content, so be sure to check online for details about food, presentations, and special exhibits. Read more

    The Bold Italic · March 10, 2011
  • Randy R.

    The entire Exploratorium is awesome, but you simply have to do the Tactile Dome to say you've really done it all. So much fun!

    Randy Reiss · October 11, 2009
  • Holger L.

    Most experiments are just as much fun and educational for adults as for kids.

    Holger Luedorf · December 27, 2011
  • Dora

    This is an official Nickelodeon Parents' Picks Award Nominee!Powered by ParentsConnect.com

    Dora · July 16, 2010
  • Marsee H.

    Don't Miss Open MAKE: A Program to Inspire Young Makers on Feb 27 with MAKE Magazine founder Dale Dougherty. Starts at 11am.

    Marsee Henon · February 15, 2010
  • Jonathan W.

    GO HERE!

    Jonathan Wegener · November 21, 2010
  • Mommy, I'm Home

    Plan on spending lots of time here. A great find! Every city needs an Exploratorium.

    Mommy, I'm Home · March 24, 2010
  • molitov m.

    Go to the Exploratorium on March 14, participate in the Pi Parade. Eat pie!

    molitov manifest · March 15, 2009
  • Dai S.

    Come to after dark hours on the first Thursday of each month to avoid the screaming children and have a beer while sciencing.

    Dai Shi · July 6, 2014
  • Colin M.

    Get the food here. It's amazing and not too pricey. Best museum food ever, hands down - it's a lot better than most restaurants. Bonus: it's a good break from the crowds (kids) too

    Colin Musselman · October 24, 2013
  • Kevin ⚡.

    We trippy mane

    Kevin ⚡ Liu · May 25, 2013
  • Bernard G.

    Feel your way out...

    Bernard Galang · December 31, 2010
  • Beth B.

    Make sure you have a few hours to spare and a lot of energy before entering. It's a big place, don't burn yourself out on the first few rooms of exhibits.

    Beth B · November 4, 2014
  • Modern L.

    Bay Area residents get a discount! Great place to spend an afternoon with nieces and nephews!

    Modern Life · August 20, 2013
  • Wired

    The museum of science, art and human perception. Read more

    Wired · August 8, 2012
  • Exploratorium

    Beneath the 100-year-old piers, highly specialized divers are working to repair and restore the 1,200 concrete piles—sunk into the bay mud—that support the piers! Learn what they do: Read more

    Exploratorium · April 20, 2012
  • The Bold Italic

    The Tactile Dome at the Exploratorium is back in action and it's definitely worth checking out! Read more

    The Bold Italic · February 24, 2012
  • Spif

    If you are visiting and you are not bringing a child, go at opening so you can use everything without waiting for the stuck up moms with their little kids to finish.

    Spif · March 26, 2011
  • David B.

    There are going to be Science of Baseball exhibits, activities, and demonstrations Friday, May 14th with Exploratorium teachers, scientists, and a Giants player in attendance.

    David Barker · April 21, 2010
  • Elkgrove F.

    on Sunday try to get here before 2pm because they close at 5pm.

    Elkgrove Ford (Mike Bhatia) · August 25, 2013
  • Aaron H.

    Baby germs don't touch anything

    Aaron H. · July 15, 2013
  • Pedro P.

    Some genius put all the buttons and tools together and so you can move, transforme and sometimes explodes lots of experiments. Must see.

    Pedro Porto · May 19, 2013
  • Rafael O.

    Visit their new location along the Embarcadero, it's a beautiful new space. I dare you to drink out of the toilet water fountain! Also, head to the back to check out sweeping views of the SF Bay!

    Rafael Ochoa · April 20, 2013
  • Westfield S.

    Come take a trip back in time and see San Francisco’s colorful history come to life. Visit Westfield San Francisco Centre on 865 Market Street to watch our free light spectacular under the dome!

  • 99designs

    Finally, a museum where you're allowed to touch things! - Kaitlyn Ellison, Community Intern

    99designs · December 3, 2011
  • David M.

    If you pick one museum, this outrageous hands-on museum is a must.

    David May · October 1, 2011
  • Amanda S.

    After Dark, every first Thursday. Try it, you'll like.

    Amanda S · September 2, 2011
  • Jesuki

    the science of baseball for the win!!

    Jesuki · May 24, 2011
  • Anessa D.

    Two words tactile dome

    Anessa Dailey · January 10, 2011
  • Alfred C.

    In 2013, the Exploratorium moves from the Palace of Fine Arts (since '69) in the Marina to Piers 15 & 17 in the Embarcadero.

    Alfred Chew · November 27, 2010
  • Chayanee N.

    Try to find guitar and Teddy bear inside

    Chayanee N. · October 29, 2010
  • Alex S.

    Find an Explainer in an orange vest and ask them which exhibit is their favorite! You're bound to learn something cool.

    Alex Smith · July 16, 2010
  • Trent M.

    Fun and interactive science/learning center. Geared toward kids, but was still fun.

    Trent Mayo · May 12, 2010
  • Angelica S.

    This place is awesome. Fun exhibits even for adults and all hands on. Really challenges your perception and what you thought you knew.

    Angelica S · May 11, 2010
  • Alan x.

    Más de 600 instalaciones para tocar todo!

    Alan x el mundo · 5 days ago
  • Karina L.

    Really fun. I loved to play with the experiments. The infrared camera was so cool, showed how my boyfriend has hotter hands than I have

    Karina Lopes · November 20, 2014
  • Renata A.

    Incluso no City Pass, vale a pena o passeio!! Principalmente com crianças...

    Renata Almeida Boucault · October 21, 2013
  • Maria D.

    По счастливой случайности, оказалась в С-Ф в день открытия этого чудесного места. Там раскрываются все тайны физики и всё можно пощупать/увидеть/услышать и испытать на себе. Очень рекомендую!

    Maria Demochko · April 19, 2013

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