Exploratorium

Science Museum
Pier 15 (at The Embarcadero)
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 528-4444
Tuesday
10:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday
10:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday
10:00am - 5:00pm
6:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday
10:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday
10:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday
10:00am - 5:00pm

Tips

  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • After 40 years at the Palace of Fine Arts, the Exploratorium, SFs museum of science, art & human perception, is moving to Pier 15 in 2013. Take a peek at construction behind the fence! More info at:
  • Watch a cow's eye dissection at the Explainer table on the Mezzanine!
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • Don't Miss Open MAKE: A Program to Inspire Young Makers on Feb 27 with MAKE Magazine founder Dale Dougherty. Starts at 11am.
  • You dont have to be a kid to enjoy this art and science museum. We think its fun at any age.
  • Plan on spending lots of time here. A great find! Every city needs an Exploratorium.
  • Try everything, you'll feel like a kid again.
  • Come to after dark hours on the first Thursday of each month to avoid the screaming children and have a beer while sciencing.
  • 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
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  • The museum of science, art and human perception.
  • Most experiments are just as much fun and educational for adults as for kids.
  • Feel your way out...
  • 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.
  • Incluso no City Pass, vale a pena o passeio!! Principalmente com crianas...
  • Bay Area residents get a discount! Great place to spend an afternoon with nieces and nephews!

Nearby places

1 Ferry Building (at The Embarcadero)
3301 Lyon St (btwn Bay & Jefferson St)
Exploratorium Pier 15/17 (Embarcadero)