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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!
  • Jole P.
    "amazing place for an afternoon for all ages fascinated by science"(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)
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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
    Upvoted Oct 17, 2017
  • 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.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • 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 P2 weeks ago
    An amazing place for an afternoon for all ages fascinated by science or not! Also walkable to the ferry building for lunch!
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel StansellApril 24, 2017
    Full of interactive exhibits and sure to blow your mind. This is an engineer's paradise - come early and hit Pier 23 Cafe or Hard Water after!
  • William F.
    William FelkerSeptember 14, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Possibly the best Science Museum I have ever visited. Very engaging activities and plenty for all young and old.
  • 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
  • Tim I.
    Tim IngmireAugust 5, 2016
    Lots to do and see and play with. Prepare to spend a lot of time here especially if you have an inquisitive mind.
  • Cameron K.
    Cameron KetchamJune 26, 2015
    My favorite museum of all time! Make sure to set aside enough time! There is a lot to see and explore!
  • 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
  • Andrey S.
    Andrey StesyakovAugust 7, 2014
    Very good place to have fun, even without children) but I'm really confused about one thing- it is crowdy even on Wednesday
  • Farshid K.
    Farshid KetabchiJune 12, 2013
    Great space, lots of interesting nature and science experiments, widgets, maps, etc; nice view of the bay
  • Larissa P.
    Larissa PakJune 4, 2015
    The best recreation for kids and adults alike. Maybe even more for the latter.
  • Michael D.
    Michael DavidsonMarch 8, 2015
    WOW. Probably one of my favorite hands on science museums out there. Make a lot of time and try the tactile dome.
  • Danielle E.
    Danielle EbsteinNovember 13, 2016
    Check out Thursday nights for the adult science fair. Drinks available too! Perfect for a date night.
  • 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
  • Cass G.
    Cass GrimmJuly 31, 2017
    We went on Thursday at 6pm for adults only where they have a bar and you get to play without kids. It was legit.
    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.
  • Brian S.
    Brian StraussOctober 26, 2014
    For best crowd free viewing, come when it's not raining. A sprinkle or two and half the city shows up.
  • Holger L.
    Holger LuedorfDecember 27, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Most experiments are just as much fun and educational for adults as for kids.
  • Andrew S.
    Andrew ShuttleworthJanuary 17, 2016
    Even if you have a full day I don't think you can experience all the fun and informative exhibits here.
  • shyain c.
    shyain christopherJune 24, 2015
    Its way more fun for younger children because they don't have to worry about stepping on them.
  • Maggie S.
    Maggie SheldonJanuary 17, 2016
    Great place to go with friends or on a date-- so much to do.
  • Westfield S.
    If your heart is in San Francisco, come enjoy Westfield San Francisco Centre’s new free 3D light spectacular under the majestic dome at 865 Market Street until July 7, 2013!
  • Aleksey
    AlekseyMay 13, 2016
    A way for kinds to learn how things work. By the way, brass is a mirror for infrared rays. Try to pay attention to it.
  • 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
  • David U.
    David UristaNovember 16, 2013
    This place is so fun, my favorite section was the Psychology & Sociology exhibits especially the New York hospital exhibit.
  • Connie H.
    Connie HuJuly 9, 2017
    There were many interesting things to explore and learn about, but some attractions would be quite difficult for younger kids to fully understand.
  • Dai S.
    Dai ShiJuly 6, 2014
    Come to after dark hours on the first Thursday of each month to avoid the screaming children and have a beer while sciencing.
  • Imen S.
    Imen SoltaniJanuary 20, 2015
    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.
  • Bob R.
    Bob RainesNovember 7, 2015
    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
  • Kat .
    Kat 🐱January 21, 2016
    This place is for both kids and adults! One of the best science museums I have been to.
  • Angelica S.
    Angelica SMay 11, 2010
    This place is awesome. Fun exhibits even for adults and all hands on. Really challenges your perception and what you thought you knew.
  • Mattias Petter J.
    A LOT to see and closes early, make sure you plan accordingly, it or go for the evening visits.
  • The Ritz-Carlton
    The Ritz-CarltonMarch 16, 2015
    The Exploratorium, an interactive science museum, is great family fun. Test your sense of touch in the darkness at the Tactile Dome.
  • Daniel G.
    Daniel Grayson1 week ago
    Amazing amazing amazing. Good for humans of all ages.
  • 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.
  • Bennett W W.
    Bennett W WongNovember 28, 2014
    It's excellent and educational for everyone. Also perfect for Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy majors.
  • Todd Z.
    Todd ZDecember 12, 2014
    This is the best hands-on science/nature experience I've ever seen - great for young and old.
  • Paul M.
    Paul MederosDecember 10, 2013
    Adult night is first Thursday of every month. It's a great time to get smashed with interesting people, and DO SCIENCE.
  • Etienne H.
    Etienne H.April 5, 2014
    Start at the back of the museum and work your way forward. Much easier than fighting the crowds.
  • Sara
    SaraMarch 26, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Jessica R.
    Jessica RoquéDecember 18, 2015
    It'll take more than 1 visit to see/touch/play with everything here. Fantastic museum for both young and old.
  • Andrey P.
    Andrey PlaksinNovember 19, 2014
    You can spend here days and not see it all. Great experience for entire family
  • 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.
  • Alex P.
    Alex ParkerOctober 23, 2015
    One of my top favorite places. I love adult night, and when I have kids, I want them to take camps here.
  • Jen Q.
    Jen QMay 26, 2015
    Such a fun museum, and the new location is huge. This is science the way it's meant to be taught
  • Arjun S.
    Arjun SundararajanMarch 23, 2015
    Don't miss out on the section upstairs. My favorite was the camera obscura !!
  • Wouter D.
    Wouter DaanAugust 26, 2016
    Great interactive exhibits, lots of things to learn for kids and adults!
  • Michelle F.
    It is always busy here and plan to stay a while, you won't be able to see everything in a few hours.
  • Jeff W.
    Jeff WeinsteinJanuary 2, 2014
    A full day of fun for all ages. Great cafe. Come with a group.
  • Kian L.
    Kian LaviSeptember 9, 2015
    Make sure you check out the camera obscura on the top floor! Definitely a highlight
  • Ali
    AliSeptember 5, 2014
    Bring cash for Thursday nights if you want to drink! Cash lines are always shorter
  • Milli P.
    Milli ParkusNovember 28, 2016
    Location!!! Waterfront view! Excellent learning place!
  • Adam F.
    Adam FahieMay 5, 2017
    An amazing, immersive experience. Would fully recommend the tactile dome too.
  • 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!
  • Chayce O.
    Chayce ONealDecember 16, 2015
    Epic fun time here! Come on Thursday nights for 18+ and drinks. So much fun with friends. 👍😎
  • Joe M.
    Joe Murphy LibrarianApril 18, 2013
    Not really adult friendly. But still possible to make your own fun. The cafe is great.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Joseph L.
    Joseph LeSeptember 28, 2017
    Awesome museum that’s fun for all ages! Way bigger than you’d expect
  • Timur Z.
    Timur ZhabbarovDecember 15, 2015
    Great place to get acquainted with a popular science.
  • Emily D.
    Emily DellasSeptember 23, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    To cool down on hot days, stroll through the Fog Bridge. It goes off twice/hour on the :00 and :30
  • cnelson ︻.
    cnelson ︻╦╤─October 15, 2014
    Don't miss the ice crystals under the polarized lenses. Who knew watching water freeze could be mesmerizing?
  • Modern L.
    Modern LifeAugust 20, 2013
    Bay Area residents get a discount! Great place to spend an afternoon with nieces and nephews!
  • Joshua H.
    Joshua HaftelFebruary 13, 2015
    Lots of fun and their weekly social lubrication nighttime drinking event is great fun.
  • Bilge K.
    Bilge KaşlıFebruary 7, 2014
    Thursday nights, with wine, this place turns into a club for nerds.
  • christina leigh m.
    New location! Cafe out front is tasty, but portions are small for price and service perhaps not the greatest.
  • Chris Z.
    Chris ZxSeptember 20, 2013
    Go there on thursday nights... from 6 to 10 pm it's ages 18+ and just $15
  • Yoav H.
    Yoav HoshenJanuary 12, 2014
    If you like to go to science museums you're gonna love this one!
  • Randy R.
    Randy ReissOctober 11, 2009
    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!
  • Danny P.
    Danny PayneFebruary 19, 2016
    From audio, visual, reaction time or science based games, it's a really cool place to explore.
  • Keith S.
    Keith SmithJanuary 20, 2014
    If you're an over-grown kid take 5 hours to have the time of your life. Hell, even if you're not take 3 hours to do some really cool sh*t!
  • spaceghost q.
    spaceghost qaOctober 7, 2015
    best museum in the city. loved this place as a kid and as an adult
  • Juli K.
    Juli KartikaDecember 8, 2017
    A very spacious, complete n interesting museum...must visit👍👍
  • Saliem (Liem) C.
    Saliem (Liem) ChiuJune 27, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    great space but be warned: it can get very overrun and crowded
  • Natz U.
    Natz UrenaJanuary 4, 2015
    Awesome place and they serve alcohol as well
  • Clara B.
    Clara BayarriJanuary 18, 2015
    Great place even for adults. Lots of science based experiments to touch
  • Susan
    SusanJune 8, 2013
    Come early on Saturday's in the summer. Avoid Taking the Embarcadero b/c of Farmers Market.
  • David M.
    David McGuireMay 5, 2014
    See the bay view and learn with hands on activities. The new exploratorium is a favorite
  • shawn l.
    shawn leeDecember 23, 2015
    I always love all of the exhibits and easy to understand explanations.
  • Gilda J.
    Gilda JaimeJuly 11, 2015
    Everything. Make sure you have time. Lots to look at.
  • Alejandro V.
    Incredible view to the bay. Totally worth the entry.
  • Rosaline
    RosalineNovember 7, 2015
    Great service and recommendations on cool gifts for curious kids that enjoy taking things apart or seeing how things work.
  • Runqiu C.
    Runqiu CaiMay 13, 2015
    $29 for adult ticket is expensive! It's easy to spend 2 hours here. Very fun.
  • Stephanie L.
    Stephanie LMay 22, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Fun for kids and parents alike. Hands on science in a beautiful new building.
  • Marianella R.
    Marianella RaygadaMarch 16, 2015
    Its awesome, it will tale you several hours to be able to see most attractions.
  • Annie 🌺 J.
    Annie 🌺 JalotaFebruary 14, 2016
    Cool to checkout the Exploratorium After Dark events... Have a drink or two and wander around ;)
  • Bernardo G.
    Bernardo GalindoSeptember 8, 2014
    Excelent option to experiment science
  • Akit
    AkitSeptember 1, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Weekends are hell here. Too crowded, no shot at playing with the exhibits. Visit on a weekday.
  • Zach L.
    Zach LonsingerAugust 6, 2014
    The spinning monkey sculpture outside is weirdly and creepily awesome at night!!
    Viator.comDecember 11, 2013
    Come Thursday nights for their 21+ After Dark events and enjoy drinks alongside the exhibits! Read more
  • roxanne
    roxanneApril 19, 2013
    When you walk in sit down and read the sign next to the restroom :)
  • Greg W.
    Greg Wong 🎯May 24, 2013
    Try to come early in the day before it gets over run by kids.
  • David M.
    David MayOctober 1, 2011
    If you pick one museum, this outrageous hands-on museum is a must.
  • Alex S.
    Alex SternJune 13, 2014
    Good place to explore. Walk around back for a nice view.
  • Jeffrey B.
    Jeffrey B.August 10, 2014
    I liked all the exhibits where kids could build things.
  • Keri C.
    Keri CaslerJanuary 6, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    My favorite west coast museum, hence why we have dual lab membership
  • Alex S.
    Alex SmithJanuary 21, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Go to one of the Open MAKE events this spring. Each one focuses on tinkering and exploring a different material: plastic/ cardboard/ wire/ wood. Read more
  • Ashley K.
    Ashley KemperMarch 12, 2015
    Great museum worth an entire afternoon of playing and exploring!
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    If you want to freshen up with a delicious cocktail at Exploratorium, try a Paloma mixed with Pueblo Viejo Blanco.
  • m d.
    m dOctober 24, 2015
    So much fun! Especially for kids, must be enjoyable place.
  • Eugene L.
    Eugene LeeSeptember 21, 2013
    Tons of interactive displays: the four playa PAC-man is priceless
  • Stephanie R.
    Stephanie RobinsonJune 2, 2015
    Awesome place for kids and families. So interactive.
  • Jess L.
    Jess LMarch 13, 2016
    Better for school aged children (and adults) than for toddlers.
  • Tony K.
    Tony KMarch 11, 2016
    An amazing place that challenges you to think about yourself and the world around you in new ways.
  • Bettina K.
    Bettina KastFebruary 13, 2015
    Great place to hang out on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon
  • Luis C.
    Luis CastroMarch 22, 2015
    It's a great experience for your senses. A must visit.
  • Jasmine P.
    Jasmine PangFebruary 11, 2015
    Lovely place to re-energize your brain juices! It's amazing how little you know :p
  • Arianna B.
    Arianna BermanAugust 13, 2015
    Very interactive. Entertaining for all ages, educational.
  • Dina
    DinaNovember 26, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Set your personal best in the tactile dome! Mine was 1 min 27 sec. 7 sec better than my brother and 10 better than my son!
  • Troy N.
    Troy NachtigallSeptember 13, 2014
    I felt like a kid again. Don't miss the outdoor playground.
  • Michelle R.
    Michelle R.June 4, 2013
    Had a blast at After Dark and got to play like kids (without competition from actual kids).
  • Neil B.
    Neil BuckmanJanuary 8, 2016
    Order tickets online beforehand to skip the line.
  • Alex S.
    Alex SmithJuly 16, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Find an Explainer in an orange vest and ask them which exhibit is their favorite! You're bound to learn something cool.
  • Arty S.
    Arty ShipovskyDecember 15, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    The Thursday night After Dark event is a lot of fun!
  • Inno O.
    Inno Orl@ndoJuly 22, 2013
    Make sure you have your sanitizer handy, Wash hands frequently. Lets minimize the spread of germs.
  • Catherine M.
    Catherine MJune 28, 2012
    Pretty awesome science stuff for all ages!
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Pueblo Viejo TequilaFebruary 11, 2016
    When you visit Exploratorium, start by ordering a delicious cocktail mixed with Pueblo Viejo Blanco.
  • Karsten M.
    Karsten McVaySeptember 6, 2014
    Fun for all ages, well worth an afternoon visit
  • Alfred C.
    Alfred ChewNovember 27, 2010
    In 2013, the Exploratorium moves from the Palace of Fine Arts (since '69) in the Marina to Piers 15 & 17 in the Embarcadero.
  • Dominic R.
    Dominic RiosJuly 16, 2015
    All the science exhibits bring back memories of childhood!
  • Nahid A.
    Nahid AshriJune 18, 2014
    Fantastic place ... you enjoy every bit of your time
  • Amanda S.
    Amanda SSeptember 2, 2011
    After Dark, every first Thursday. Try it, you'll like.
    Viator.comJanuary 24, 2012
    It's a fun house for kids and adults of all ages! Read more
  • Manixs M.
    Manixs MarwanMarch 7, 2012
    An amazing play ground for kids! ( and adults)
  • Todd Z.
    Todd ZNovember 29, 2014
    The Cloud Chamber is so cool :it shows electrons and muons passing through! #science
  • 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.
  • Jonathan W.
    Jonathan WegenerApril 6, 2012
    Tactile Dome is soooooo good. Worth the money 100x
  • Daniil B.
    Daniil BrodovichApril 11, 2014
    Can't wait for the show to begin @exploratorium! #ExploNightOut
  • Elkgrove F.
    on Sunday try to get here before 2pm because they close at 5pm.
  • Kevin H.
    Kevin HayhoeSeptember 7, 2016
    Lots to do, watch out for feral children...
  • Chad H.
    Chad HornerApril 2, 2017
    this is endless fun for people of any age
  • Mariska C.
    Mariska CalabreseJuly 7, 2013
    Wish they didn't close so early in the summer. This place is amazing!
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Pueblo Viejo TequilaDecember 24, 2015
    If you are in Exploratorium, try a real Mexican taste, order a Paloma mixed with Pueblo Viejo Blanco
  • Jeremy K.
    Jeremy KrantzAugust 14, 2014
    They offer student and teacher discounts.
  • Wilson F.
    Wilson Favre-DelerueSeptember 26, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Fun for the kids and surprisingly informative and entertaining for the big kids in us.
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Pueblo Viejo TequilaMarch 29, 2016
    The Easter colors reflect in a Margarita mixed with Pueblo Viejo. Get yours here at Exploratorium!
  • Mohammad A.
    Mohammad AbusharifFebruary 17, 2015
    Not to be missed specially if you have kids. Adults will like it to
  • ToryBurch
    ToryBurchOctober 12, 2011
    You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy this art and science museum. We think it’s fun at any age.
  • Leslie T.
    Leslie TApril 11, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    If you're a young professional think about joining the @explo_lab!
  • David M.
    David MSeptember 5, 2014
    Watch water freeze through a polarised lens! It sounds boring, but it's super cool!
  • 99designs
    99designsDecember 3, 2011
    Finally, a museum where you're allowed to touch things! - Kaitlyn Ellison, Community Intern
  • Anna K.
    Anna KaminovaNovember 5, 2017
    Thursday nights is the time to go. Better arrive at 6
  • Matt P.
    Matt PinnerSeptember 10, 2011
    the Sun Painting is my favorite part. Come on a sunny day to see it in full glory.
  • Mikahla V.
    Mikahla VicinoMarch 7, 2016
    Get in free if you're a SF library card holder!
  • Renato C.
    Renato CairoJune 10, 2016
    Good for kids actually. But fun overall.
  • schneidermike s.
    when Thomas Dolby sung "She blinded me with science!", the "she" was the Exploratium.
  • Nick B.
    Nick BelloniJune 1, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Come on Sunday and find free parking
  • Kelly .
    Kelly 🍰June 9, 2013
    The comment cards are hilarious and insightful. Watch out for SBD farts
  • Geotoko
    GeotokoJanuary 22, 2011
    Thanks for checking in at the Crunchies, good luck to all the nominees tonight! powered by
  • Kenny S.
    Kenny StoneDecember 16, 2015
    What's good here? Everything!
  • Au
    AuAugust 8, 2013
    Open until 10pm on Wednesdays in the summer!
  • Areej A.
    Areej AshourAugust 16, 2015
    Great place for kids and adults .. really really fun
  • Joe M.
    Joe MurrayJuly 13, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    If you have to eat here, o sider the salad bar, especially for toddlers
  • Shreyans P.
    Shreyans ParekhMarch 15, 2015
    One of SF's best attractions
  • Katerina M.
    Katerina MartynyukApril 18, 2013
    Thу most amazing way of studying laws of nature!
  • Heath A.
    Heath AckleyMarch 22, 2012
    This is GREAT for everyone. Ask for a discount and you'll get $2.00 off.
  • Blair H.
    Blair HelsingNovember 26, 2013
    Buy tix online, show them on your phone to get in fast
  • Josh W.
    Josh WentzNovember 8, 2014
    science museum. adult cocktails on thursdays.
  • Bre R.
    Bre RozMay 13, 2015
    Lots of fun but bring hand sanitizer!
  • Andrew N.
    Andrew NystromDecember 23, 2012
    Last day at Palace of Fine Arts before move to the Embarcadero is Jan. 2, 2013.
  • Erin R.
    Erin RichardsJanuary 11, 2014
    Bring hand sanitizer- you'll be touching everything!
  • Michael M.
    Michael McMahonJune 29, 2013
    Come when theres not as many kids to have some time with the inventions and gadgets
  • Diego
    DiegoJuly 5, 2013
    It's a clusterf**k of noisy tourists and kids. ALOT of patience is crucial and wear ear plugs.
  • Debby J.
    Debby JacobyMay 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    2yr membership is an awesome deal
  • Jonnelle C.
    Jonnelle CruzJanuary 3, 2013
    Now closed until it reopens at its new location at Pier 15 on April 17, 2013!
  • cansu u.
    cansu ugurluNovember 12, 2015
    Take your kid and spend a day full of joy and science
  • Barb R.
    Barb Rasmussen KaneJanuary 7, 2016
    So much to see and do! Fun day!
  • Cormac R.
    Cormac RiordanDecember 1, 2015
    Preferred it before the move, but still tons of fun.
  • 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.
  • Erin K.
    Erin KSeptember 2, 2015
    Great for kids and adults!
  • Giambattista M.
    Giambattista MarchettoJanuary 6, 2015
    Great! #sf
  • Erin O.
    Erin O'QuinnSeptember 21, 2014
    Great for kids of all ages!
  • Samantha M.
    Samantha McDuffeeJanuary 14, 2012
    If you want to check out the tactile dome, book your tickets at least a week in advance. And do not plan to eat here. Yuck!
  • Ra L.
    Ra LuoJanuary 20, 2013
    Go try the Ferrofluid Experiment, Fun...
  • Mark H.
    Mark HowardJune 6, 2012
    Check their website for "free admission" days.
  • Trent M.
    Trent MayoMay 12, 2010
    Fun and interactive science/learning center. Geared toward kids, but was still fun.
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Pueblo Viejo TequilaDecember 7, 2015
    If you are in Exploratorium, try a Margarita with Pueblo Viejo Blanco.
  • Mommy, I'm Home
    Mommy, I'm HomeMarch 24, 2010
    Plan on spending lots of time here. A great find! Every city needs an Exploratorium.
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel SotoJanuary 13, 2016
    Great place <3
  • J Carlos B.
    J Carlos BolanosJune 21, 2012
    Bring your lunch...the cafe leaves much to be desired
  • maria s.
    maria simoneMay 19, 2013
    Lots of fun even though it's full of obnoxious children
  • CJ T.
    CJ TomaselløSeptember 5, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    This is an exciting project! Watch in awe as this place unfolds!
  • Hallebeek
    HallebeekJune 9, 2015
    After 6 pm is adults only :)
  • Nixie G.
    Nixie GalangMay 27, 2013
    Go here early in holidays!!
  • Michael S.
    Michael SantusNovember 14, 2013
    Make sure you go thru the Tactile Dome
  • Hamdi B.
    Hamdi Ben LaghaMarch 24, 2015
    Nice museum, really funny !
  • Dan F.
    Dan FurmanskyAugust 12, 2011
    This place is a lot of fun! Friendly teenage staff!
  • James C.
    James CJuly 29, 2013
    Hands on Museum a Childs delight.
  • Jonathan
    JonathanJanuary 3, 2015
    Interactive, fun, and worth the money.
  • Tal T.
    Tal TurnerApril 6, 2012
    Hosting a private party here is a solid idea.
  • Lexi
    LexiNovember 14, 2010
    Look for the kitchen wall, the electric guitar and the small keyboard. You can actually play it!
  • Eric A.
    Eric AndersenApril 24, 2014
    Drink from the…toilet!
  • Josh E.
    Josh EstelleAugust 8, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Fun for kids of all ages
  • Shai T.
    Shai TsurAugust 18, 2014
    The shadow box is very cool
  • Nahúm G.
    Nahúm García PeñaSeptember 3, 2014
    Get there early. Time flies inside.
  • Bart D.
    Bart DennyAugust 6, 2014
    Super fun for kids
  • Christine Y.
    Christine YingJune 11, 2011
    Parking is hard; be prepared to circle around.
  • Frank A.
    Frank AnesFebruary 12, 2015
    Very interesting and fun
  • Exploratorium
    ExploratoriumAugust 31, 2011
    Watch a cow's eye dissection at the Explainer table on the Mezzanine! Read more
  • Eric A.
    Eric AndersenApril 24, 2014
    Be inspired by Feynman quotes
  • John R.
    John RichardsMarch 25, 2016
    So much to do for kids!
  • Michael Y.
    Michael YshanghaiMarch 19, 2015
    Wonderful place so enjoyable👍
  • Vero N.
    Vero NikaJune 12, 2013
    Best place in San Francisco!!
  • Brandon C.
    Brandon CainApril 3, 2017
    2 dollar military discount!
  • Inno O.
    Inno Orl@ndoJuly 20, 2013
    Where all kids can exlore science and microbial germs. Yay!!
  • Dan M.
    Dan Mondragón SomeraFebruary 25, 2017
    Cool and fun! @
  • TerraTopia
    TerraTopiaMay 18, 2011
    Experiment, discover, uncover, enjoy! Read more
  • Jared K.
    Jared KJune 2, 2014
    Fun for the whole family.
  • Victor S.
    Victor StuberOctober 13, 2014
    Great for kids
  • Fiona M.
    Fiona M.December 25, 2011
    best museum ever!
  • Kyung L.
    Kyung Lee-GreenApril 15, 2014
    Buy your tix before u leave home.
  • Wired
    WiredAugust 8, 2012
    The museum of science, art and human perception. Read more
  • Lee
    LeeAugust 11, 2014
    Bring your inner child!
  • Jacqueline T.
    Jacqueline TopeteJanuary 11, 2015
    Great for kids!
  • Steve D.
    Steve DeanJuly 1, 2014
    Must play with ALL THE THINGS
  • Liza S.
    Liza SperlingDecember 28, 2013
    Experience a different kind of dizzy.
  • Victoria Z.
    Victoria ZodrowMay 10, 2015
    Cool gift shop.
  • Matthew K.
    Matthew KehrtJune 6, 2014
    They have science here.
  • Toan N.
    Toan NguyenJuly 7, 2012
    go there early. it's closed at 5pm
  • Marsee H.
    Marsee HenonFebruary 15, 2010
    Don't Miss Open MAKE: A Program to Inspire Young Makers on Feb 27 with MAKE Magazine founder Dale Dougherty. Starts at 11am.
  • Luis B.
    Luis BalcedaSeptember 25, 2011
    Make sure to find the telephone in the back
  • Jesuki
    JesukiMay 24, 2011
    the science of baseball for the win!!
  • MuseumNerd
    MuseumNerdJanuary 3, 2014
    Talk to strangers!
  • Dominik L.
    Dominik L.October 15, 2014
    Nice giftshop!
  • Gumby
    GumbyApril 2, 2012
    Try the pulled pork sandwich
  • Jennifer N.
    Jennifer NgMarch 26, 2017
    Free admission on Pi day!
  • Philippe C.
    Philippe CasesJune 29, 2013
    Be prepared to spend 3 hours.
  • Josh M.
    Josh MooneyNovember 11, 2013
    Open on Veterans Day (not closed as info says)
  • clap81
    clap81May 3, 2016
    For those who like science (not my case)
  • Scott G.
    Scott GellerAugust 16, 2013
    try the science
  • Rajeev C.
    Rajeev ChopraJune 20, 2011
    fun for kids of all ages Read more
  • Dora
    DoraJuly 16, 2010
    This is an official Nickelodeon Parents' Picks Award Nominee!Powered by
  • David C.
    David ChangMarch 4, 2016
    Feeling like a kid again.
  • Kevin ⚡.
    Kevin ⚡ LiuMay 25, 2013
    We trippy mane
  • Mark C.
    Mark CarstersenMarch 16, 2009
    Do the spinning-loops thing - one of the first exhibits as you step in the door. I could play it for hours.
  • Arijit D.
    Arijit DasguptaFebruary 20, 2016
    The science
  • Andre C.
    Andre CavalheiroMarch 2, 2013
    Closed til April 2013 what a bummer...
  • SaraElin
    SaraElinMay 20, 2013
    Oops closed on Mondays
  • Aaron H.
    Aaron H.July 15, 2013
    Baby germs don't touch anything
  • Chayanee N.
    Chayanee N.October 29, 2010
    Try to find guitar and Teddy bear inside
  • Jeff M.
    Jeff MojicaSeptember 22, 2013
    If the Exploratorium doesn't make you believe in Science, I don't know what will.
  • Alex B.
    Alex BrickerJanuary 9, 2012
    Great place, but awful employees who are extremely rude. Avoid them. Place closes too early
  • 12 m.
    12 mAugust 1, 2010
    Geometry exhibit is awesome!
  • Bernard G.
    Bernard GalangDecember 31, 2010
    Feel your way out...
  • Anessa D.
    Anessa DaileyJanuary 10, 2011
    Two words tactile dome
  • Kaifu W.
    Kaifu WuFebruary 5, 2010
    First Wednesday of the month is free.
  • Becca H.
    Becca HJanuary 28, 2015
    Super expensive.
  • Jonathan W.
    Jonathan WegenerNovember 21, 2010
    GO HERE!
  • c0uP
    c0uPAugust 15, 2013
    Fucking magnets, how do they work?! Go here to find out.
  • Dan K.
    Dan KleiberNovember 10, 2009
    Try Mr Treasure Hunt's new Mobile Phone hunt at the Exploratorium! - or call Dan Kleiber at 415-412-8376 Read more
  • Tim L.
    Tim LetscherApril 24, 2009
    Try everything, you'll feel like a kid again.
  • molitov m.
    molitov manifestMarch 15, 2009
    Go to the Exploratorium on March 14, participate in the Pi Parade. Eat pie!
  • Fran I.
    Fran InchaustiJanuary 11, 2017
    Buenisimo!!! Muy divertido. Muchas cosas para manipular, aprendes y reis. Para niños apartir de los 6 años. El lugar es muy grande asi que ir temprano. A nosotros nos quedaron cosas por hacer.
  • Maria D.
    Maria DemochkoApril 19, 2013
    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!
  • Leonardo R.
    Leonardo RodriguezOctober 9, 2015
    Un lugar con mucho por recorrer, yo lo visite ya que estaba incluido en el San Francisco City Pass y pasamos un raro agradable. Solo si se tiene tiempo visitarlo si no es prescindible.
  • Benjamin B.
    Benjamin BussièreFebruary 27, 2012
    Une formidable sortie pour toute la famille.A ne pas rater si vous passez à San Francisco
  • Ergin E.
    Ergin EroğluAugust 26, 2015
    Çocuklar için on numara, ama bizim gibiler için biraz basit kaçıyor
  • Konstantin S.
    Konstantin SerditovSeptember 22, 2014
    Прекрасные физические эффекты для широкой аудитории. Билетик действует и на следующий день тоже.
  • Pablo Ariel D.
    Pablo Ariel Di LoretoNovember 15, 2014
    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).
  • Aysun A.
    Aysun AkarSeptember 10, 2017
    Çok küçük çocukların biraz büyümesini beklemelisiniz bence, 10 yaş ve üzeri için güzel bir yer
  • Renata A.
    Renata Almeida BoucaultOctober 21, 2013
    Incluso no City Pass, vale a pena o passeio!! Principalmente com crianças...
  • Il Team Neapolisbook
    Il Team NeapolisbookFebruary 22, 2015
    Questo posto è ipnotico... non ci si annoia mai! Arte e scienza fuse in un connubio a tratti inaspettatamente geek!
  • Ernesto A.
    Ernesto AnayaDecember 19, 2013
    Es un lugar muy padre para niños pre adolescentes, se entretienen mucho.
  • Marco L.
    Marco LozaApril 5, 2017
    El mejor museo de ciencia!!!
  • Alan x.
    Alan x el mundoFebruary 27, 2015
    Más de 600 instalaciones para tocar todo!
  • Kyria D.
    Kyria DarsaclisDecember 28, 2014
    Museum para crianças totalmente interativo! Diversão certa
  • Luis E.
    Luis EpNovember 20, 2014
    Muy divertido para los niños.
  • Camila C.
    Camila CaligariSeptember 14, 2014
    Pais, quando vierem a São Francisco, tragam seus filhos no Exploratorium!
  • GANZO M.
    GANZO MAÏTRENovember 8, 2016
    Je vous accueille avec honnêteté et sincérité. RIEN N’EST IMPOSSIBLE SI ON LE SOUHAITE VRAIMENT ! Le bonheur est à la portée de tous, pas seulement pour quelques privilégiés.
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