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Science Museum
Northern Waterfront, San Francisco
  • Corrie D.
    "Fun for ALL ages and exhibits outside as well as inside so anyone"(11 Tips)
    Areej A.
    "Great place for kids and adults .. really really fun"(7 Tips)
    David M.
    "See the bay view and learn with hands on activities."(7 Tips)
    T.J. A.
    "Fun for kids of all ages!"(6 Tips)
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  • SFist
    SFistAugust 3, 2014
    Take the kids to learn about tides and plankton, play with marble machines, and explore the Tactile Dome in total darkness. There's a restaurant fit for adults now, where you can have a glass of wine. Read more
  • Corrie D.
    Corrie DavidsonAugust 12, 2013
    This place is a wonderland that gives new meaning to the idea if hands-on. Fun for ALL ages and exhibits outside as well as inside so anyone can experience it. A must visit if you have kids.
  • Rafael O.
    Rafael OchoaApril 20, 2013
    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!
  • Colin M.
    Colin MusselmanOctober 24, 2013
    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
  • Geoff G.
    Geoff GreenAugust 23, 2014
    The whole museum is great for kids and kids at heart. The Bay Observatory on the second floor includes some great displays about the history of the bay as well as some informative older and newer maps
  • Ir&Iv
    Ir&IvApril 24, 2013
    We've been in many science museums including NY, SF and London ones. Exploratorium is the very best. You'll discover lots of new ideas about your mind and the world around. And it's fully interactive!
  • DailyCandy
    DailyCandyFebruary 25, 2014
    With three times as much space and more than 600 indoor and outdoor exhibits, there are plenty of ways to play.Enjoy interactive exhibits, fog installations, and observatory rooms w/ waterfront views.
  • Mike S.
    Mike SolimanJuly 22, 2013
    If you can't find garage or lot parking and are forced to park on the street, be sure to have the "paybyphone" app installed. You can pay for your meter via the app. No need for quarters anymore.
  • Exploratorium
    ExploratoriumAugust 31, 2011
    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
  • Laura C.
    Laura CNovember 17, 2011
    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.
  • Peter G.
    Peter GazaryanAugust 31, 2014
    The great science museum with a lot! of the interactive installations to perform the experiments from the different areas of science. Fun for both adults and children guaranteed. 100% worth to visit.
  • Laurie B.
    Laurie BridgesJune 19, 2013
    Never went to see it at its old location, but the new digs are great! We were there opening to closing and didn't get to see it all. Go on a long day so you get the most out of it.
  • kaypsii
    kaypsiiDecember 24, 2014
    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!
  • Exploratorium
    ExploratoriumApril 20, 2012
    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
  • Andres N.
    Thursday nights they hold their After Dark 18+ event which automatically gives you a discount on admission! $15 for a night at one of the best museums I've ever been to!
  • Mouthful Social Media
    Mouthful Social MediaAugust 6, 2011
    The Exploratorium is located in the Palace of Fine Arts building in San Francisco’s Marina district, near the Golden Gate Bridge. Check out the Tactile Dome for an amazing experience!
  • Stefan H.
    Stefan HothAugust 6, 2014
    It's perfect for kids that are interested in how things work. But even adults can learn a lot if they come with an open mind and enough money to afford the pricy admission fee.
  • Exploratorium
    ExploratoriumAugust 16, 2011
    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
  • Marisa L.
    Marisa LownApril 12
    So much fun for people of all ages!! A very large space so plan to spend at least a half day here to enjoy all they have to offer.
  • 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
  • Karina L.
    Karina LopesNovember 20, 2014
    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
  • joulesm
    joulesmApril 27, 2014
    Every Thursday night, the Exploratorium stays open late for adults. To avoid the crowds, DON'T go on the 1st Thursday. They still have bars and a whole lot less people.
    HISTORYApril 13, 2010
    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.
    Upvoted Apr 29
  • 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!
  • Edward H.
    Edward HomickNovember 8, 2012
    Neat place, even as an adult I enjoyed it, HOWEVER go on the free days (1st Wednesday of every month) because its definitely not worth the 25 dollar admission otherwise.
  • Brian S.
    The quintessential SF rainy day spot. Don't miss the cow's dissection! Nice new restaurant in back with very healthy grub.
  • Asher K.
    Asher KrellAugust 8, 2014
    Check out the Thursday night adult only hours. You can have a drink while checking out one of the coolest science museums out there. Almost like an art museum for science.
  • Livia E.
    Livia E.August 30, 2012
    Great for kids, but just as fun for adults. Go on a weekday when it's less crowded. Just don't expect parents to gave taught their kids manners or patience, lol!
  • Spif
    SpifMarch 26, 2011
    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.
  • Dora
    DoraJune 30, 2010
    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 Read more
  • K12 Inc
    K12 IncJune 30, 2011
    Did you know? The Exploratorium was founded by Dr. Frank Oppenheimer, a scientist who worked on the Manhattan Project during World War II, which resulted in the development of the first atomic bomb. Read more
  • T.J. A.
    T.J. A.August 29, 2011
    Fun for kids of all ages! In the Tactile Dome, not being able to see and just feel your way around this non-obstacle course was an interesting experience. Read more
  • Tablet Hotels
    Tablet HotelsFebruary 26, 2013
    Science fans will love this museum. Adults and children alike love the interactive exhibitions like the visual mind set and toilet drinking fountain.
  • Shelly Z.
    Shelly ZordichMarch 22, 2014
    Really awesome exhibits but no warning b4 closing; they just shut down. We didn't check their hours & came in 45 min before close and no one bothered give us a heads up that they closed soon.
  • Jordan S.
    Jordan StanisciaAugust 8, 2014
    You'll never finish everything in one visit. Pick a side and really go for it! For added fun, get tickets to the pitch-black tactile dome!
  • Destynee A.
    Destynee AutumnApril 2, 2015
    An amazing building of science omg. Just perfect. I would advise at least 3 hours to get he complete experience.
  • Beth B.
    Beth BNovember 4, 2014
    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.
  • angela
    angelaAugust 15, 2014
    If you don't like crowds, go on a regular Thursday night when After Dark isn't happening. Booze is still served, and you don't have to wait in line!
  • The Bold Italic
    The Bold ItalicMarch 10, 2011
    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
  • Conor C.
    Conor CumminsAugust 11, 2010
    The Tactile Dome is completely worth the time and extra $! The only downside is all the annoying kids that push buttons on exhibits you're trying to use!
  • Puu K.
    Puu KampolratanaFebruary 11, 2015
    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.
  • Alexa Jane D.
    Alexa Jane DennerJanuary 6, 2015
    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!
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Elisha O.
    Elisha OlguinMay 2, 2013
    This place is awesome had fun. My boyfriend and I enjoyed it. We will definitely have to come back next time we come visit San Francisco
  • Tiara S.
    Tiara SaurusMay 6, 2011
    After Dark, with speakers, exhibits, and programming targeted to an adult audience, and a no-host bar, happens the first Thursday evening of each month.
  • Kimberly S.
    Kimberly SSeptember 25, 2014
    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!
  • David B.
    David BarkerApril 21, 2010
    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.
  • Andrew S.
    One of the most amazing museums in the world. Don't forget to go upstairs. There's a great patio/deck overlooking the bay.
  • Joel B.
    Joel BonaseraSeptember 12, 2014
    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.
  • Pedro P.
    Pedro PortoMay 19, 2013
    Some genius put all the buttons and tools together and so you can move, transforme and sometimes explodes lots of experiments. Must see.
  • NASA
    NASADecember 7, 2010
    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
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