Science Museum, Other Nightlife, and Museum
Pier 15 (Embarcadero), San Francisco, CA 94111, United States
Closed until 10:00 AM (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. 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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  • Destynee A.

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

    Destynee Autumn · 2 weeks ago
  • Hamdi B.

    Nice museum, really funny !

    Hamdi Ben Lagha · 3 weeks ago
  • Arjun S.

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

    Arjun Sundararajan · 3 weeks ago
  • 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
  • Alan x.

    Más de 600 instalaciones para tocar todo!

    Alan x el mundo · February 27
  • Il Team Neapolisbook

    Questo posto è ipnotico... non ci si annoia mai! Arte e scienza fuse in un connubio a tratti inaspettatamente geek!

    Il Team Neapolisbook · February 22
  • 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
  • Kyria D.

    Museum para crianças totalmente interativo! Diversão certa

    Kyria Darsaclis · December 28, 2014
  • 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
  • Todd Z.

    The Cloud Chamber is so cool :it shows electrons and muons passing through! #science

    Todd Z · November 29, 2014
  • Bennett W.

    It's excellent and educational for everyone. Also perfect for Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy majors.

    Bennett Wong · November 28, 2014
  • 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
  • Luis E.

    Muy divertido para los niños.

    Luis Ep · November 20, 2014
  • Andrey P.

    You can spend here days and not see it all. Great experience for entire family

    Andrey Plaksin · November 19, 2014
  • Pablo Ariel D.

    Cuando entre fui solo y pense que iba a salir en 5 minutos, dado que pareciera ser para chicos solo. Pero adentro te quedas apasionado con lo que ves. Si vas con niños mejor (ellos exploran mas).

    Pablo Ariel Di Loreto · November 15, 2014
  • Josh W.

    science museum. adult cocktails on thursdays.

    Josh Wentz · November 8, 2014
  • 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
  • Brian S.

    For best crowd free viewing, come when it's not raining. A sprinkle or two and half the city shows up.

    Brian Strauss · October 26, 2014
  • Dominik L.

    Nice giftshop!

    Dominik L. · October 15, 2014
  • cnelson ︻.

    Don't miss the ice crystals under the polarized lenses. Who knew watching water freeze could be mesmerizing?

    cnelson ︻╦╤─ · October 15, 2014
  • currently exploring

    New location! Cafe out front is tasty, but portions are small for price and service perhaps not the greatest. Read more

    currently exploring · October 15, 2014
  • Victor S.

    Great for kids

    Victor Stuber · October 13, 2014
  • Kimberly S.

    Drink water from a toilet! ;) Fun place for kids and adults, lots of different exhibits and things to play with. The magnetic sand is my fave!

    Kimberly S · September 25, 2014
  • Konstantin S.

    Прекрасные физические эффекты для широкой аудитории. Билетик действует и на следующий день тоже.

    Konstantin Serditov · September 22, 2014
  • Erin O.

    Great for kids of all ages!

    Erin O'Quinn · September 21, 2014
  • Camila C.

    Pais, quando vierem a São Francisco, tragam seus filhos no Exploratorium!

    Camila Caligari · September 14, 2014
  • William F.

    Possibly the best Science Museum I have ever visited. Very engaging activities and plenty for all young and old.

    William Felker · September 14, 2014
  • Troy N.

    I felt like a kid again. Don't miss the outdoor playground.

    Troy Nachtigall · September 13, 2014
  • Joel B.

    The Mecca of Science Museums. Take note of how much their staff and artists can do with no words, no context. Think about how each exhibit pulls you in by just existing.

    Joel Bonasera · September 12, 2014

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