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Exploratorium, San Francisco

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#2 of 7 in Childrens Museums in San Francisco
Science Museum · Hidden Gem · Specialty Museum
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At Exploratorium, observe a fruit fly under a microscope, create smoke signals, improve your memory, or learn about the world through experiments. You can join in 600 participatory exhibits suitable for all ages at this museum of science, art, and human perception. Take an excursion in total darkness, where you'll have to find the way out using only your sense of touch. More than a million visitors per year come to this site, which has been recognized by the National Science Board of the United States. To explore the outdoor section, dress accordingly. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Exploratorium and many more San Francisco attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's San Francisco day trip planner.
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  • This is an interesting exhibition / event area that is mainly directed towards children. Based on the waterfront area . 
    This is an interesting exhibition / event area that is mainly directed towards children. Based on the waterfront area .  more »
  • I’ve always been a fond of technic and experiences, so how couldn’t visit this museum in SF? It’s a very interactive museum in which you can learn and discover the principles of physics as well as... 
    I’ve always been a fond of technic and experiences, so how couldn’t visit this museum in SF? It’s a very interactive museum in which you can learn and discover the principles of physics as well as...  more »
  • We were struggling for something to do as we had cancelled our Alcatraz tour due to weather, We chose the Exploratorium and were blown away by the experience. We had been there for 3 hours before... 
    We were struggling for something to do as we had cancelled our Alcatraz tour due to weather, We chose the Exploratorium and were blown away by the experience. We had been there for 3 hours before...  more »
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  • The best surprise we get for our trip! The museum is good for all ages. My 9 & 11-year-old boys got so much fun there that we visited it three days in a row! There are over a hundred exhibits there and people working at the workshop are actively creating more exhibits with ideas collected from all over the world! This is world class creation and innovation! Even the clock there is made with excellent thoughts and fun to watch! Don't miss it! It is way better than the expensive just-for-show California Academy of Sciences
  • Fun even without kids, lots of tactile exhibits which are interactive and quite engaging. I figured I would be in here perhaps an hour or two, but I was here about 4+ hours playing with everything as it was so much fun trying everything out. At first I thought it was pretty pricey, but there is so much to do, I can understand the price. Fun even without kids, lots of tactile exhibits which are interactive and quite engaging. I figured I would be in here perhaps an hour or two, but I was here about 4+ hours playing with everything as it was so much fun trying everything out. At first I thought it was pretty pricey, but there is so much to do, I can understand the price.
  • Wow, I expected this place to be fun, but it was even better than I imagined! There are countless exhibits showcasing some interesting phenomenon or other, all very thoughtfully designed to be both fun and educational. I can't believe the sheer variety and quantity of high-quality exhibits! All told, probably one of the best exhibits I've ever seen, honestly. You can easily spend 3–4 hours here and not see everything.
  • This place is way, way bigger than you expected. Easily the best science museum I've visited, with probably 200+ fully interactive and explained exhibits. Each of them provides a very immediate and obvious effect, along with enough information for adults or older kids to understand WHY the effect happened. We spent 3 hours here, but could have spent 4-5 if we were had time. Definitely worth a visit as an adult, don't be fooled into thinking it's a kid-focused museum just because everything is interactive!
  • Kids will have unending fun; Engaging for adults, too. Start early, plan to visit for hours, expect to spend the entire day - almost impossible to leave! So many creative and engaging hands-on exhibits that span the entire science and creativity spectrum. Wonderful location at Embarcadero waterfront.

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