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Science Museum
Northern Waterfront, San Francisco
  • This science museum is famous for their museums. It's one of the most popular in the city!
  • Corrie D.
    "Fun for ALL ages and exhibits outside as well as inside so anyone"(14 Tips)
    Arty S.
    "The Thursday night After Dark event is a lot of fun!"(14 Tips)
    Areej A.
    "Great place for kids and adults .. really really fun"(8 Tips)
    Mark H.
    "Check their website for "free admission" days."(2 Tips)
318 Tips and reviews
  • museums
  • all ages
  • thursday night
  • kids and adults
  • scenic views
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  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Marisa L.
    Marisa LownApril 12, 2016
    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.
  • 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.
  • Mortiche W.
    Mortiche WongJanuary 30, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    Our favorite museum for for the young, & young at heart. Excellent exhibits, great rotating features makes every visit full of new discoveries. A place where all are encouraged to explore, be curious!
  • Marissa C.
    Marissa CFebruary 10, 2017
    Adults should come Thursday night for After Dark which has drinks, special exhibits, not crowded and no kids! Tactile dome was lots of fun and worth the extra $10, buy tickets at the front desk.
  • kaypsee
    kaypseeDecember 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!
  • 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
  • Alex C.
    Alex ChiritescuJune 13, 2017
    This museum is really great. Huge number of interactive exponates: physics, biology, chemistry, psychology, you name it! Also liked the small demonstrations: attended a cow's eye dissection.
  • 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.
  • Brian S.
    Brian StraussMarch 6, 2016
    The quintessential SF rainy day spot. Don't miss the cow's dissection! Nice new restaurant in back with very healthy grub.
  • mipadi
    mipadiMarch 11, 2017
    Thursday nights are Date Night. Unless you don't have a date, then it's Single & Ready to Mingle Night. Unless you're shy, then it's Look At Cool Science Stuff Night. Regardless, there's booze.
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  • 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.
  • Louis H.
    Louis HarboeJuly 22, 2016
    Wonderful, handmade, interactive exhibits on everything from biology, physics, to social behavior. You'll need at least 3 hours.
  • 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.
  • Natasha T.
    Natasha TomishimaOctober 1, 2017
    It was very fun and interesting!! However, it'd be nice if there were hand sanitizer stations around since, you know, hundreds of people (a lot of kids) touch those buttons, handles, etc every day.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Pamela W.
    Pamela WagnerJuly 7, 2017
    I hadn't been to this new location. It was wonderful!!! Make sure you take someone with you, as there are lots of things that require 2 people. This is an inter-active destination.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Andres N.
    Andres NovoaMay 5, 2016
    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!
  • 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.
  • Julia M.
    Julia MaApril 27, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Andrew S.
    Andrew SandlerApril 8, 2016
    One of the most amazing museums in the world. Don't forget to go upstairs. There's a great patio/deck overlooking the bay.
  • Jole P.
    Jole P3 weeks ago
    An amazing place for an afternoon for all ages fascinated by science or not! Also walkable to the ferry building for lunch!
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Jon B.
    Jon BrunerAugust 2, 2013
    The Exploratorium is one of the best museums in the world, but adult nights on Thursdays are more than a little fratty.
  • Lil' Benita M.
    So much to see and do! Making this drawing is fun, but get in line early to grab a limited spot.
  • Hana M.
    Hana MullerovaMay 25, 2016
    Worth to visit even if you staying few days. Not only for children, better to go in 2.
  • Zeke K.
    Zeke KochDecember 31, 2016
    Great exhibits. Challenging with young kids unless you have one adult per kid, but full of fascinating stuff for young and old. The food is surprisingly good, but crowded and chaotic.
  • Rebecca M.
    Rebecca MaldonadoJuly 14, 2015
    Great museum for kids and adults alike. Please allow a few hours to see the entire museum; it's quite big.
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