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Exploratorium, San Francisco

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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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  • Love the Exploratorium and try to visit any time we are in SF. There is so much to do which can feel overwhelming but it is very well organized by sections so you can prioritize if pressed for time. ....  more »
  • We visited with our 11 & 13 year old boys! They had a blast. It's not just for kids. We as adults found it fun, enjoyable, and educational! There's so much to do, you could spend the entire day! Plan ...  more »
  • I have been visiting the exploratorium since my first trip to SF in the 80s. It never fails to disappoint. Now I take my tenages boys who have been going since they were tiny. We always find something...  more »
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  • Great place for family time. I recommend the year pass that you can upgrade your tickets to after your day visit. Exhibits are hands-on and educational. They really get kids and adults to think science. Staff is helpful and friendly. There is a restaurant and a small cafe if you get hungry. Location on the bay pier is picturesque with many photo ops for visitors. I've always enjoyed the Exploratorium since I was a kid and now my children get to enjoy it too.
  • I love the Exploratorium! I was there for the adult After Dark hours. It was so much fun. The activities and exhibits are awesome, fun, and educational. I went with a large group. I definitely recommend going with other people because a lot of the things to do need a partner, and it's fun discussing and arguing about the science and math!
  • First time visiting the new location, a step up from the old one. Many of the exhibits I've come to love are still here, along with lots of new ones. It also appears they are doing a good job keeping the exhibits up and running. The Seaglass Cafe is also very nice, with a reasonably wide selection, including some very good made to order sushi.
  • What an incredible museum. I love hands on museums and learning experiences. We want with our 3 year old and 5 year old. We all had a great time. There are so many exhibits and they are organized in a very natural fashion. It felt like every time we found something cool and fascinating to experiment with, we would look to our left or right and see yet another mind blowing activity to put our brains too. We spent most of the day here, having lunch at the Sea Glass restaurant (which is also amazing, see the photo) and it just wasn't enough. This is a place that earned and deserves multiple trips. I look forward to returning in a couple months.
  • The Exploratorium is located at Pier 15 and is a place loaded for the mind that's looking for answers to questions we all ask. And so much more. We were there for 3 hours and didn't see 10% of it. We got to go inside a camera. We go to hear things that we never heard before. And most of all, it was a treat for the eyes everywhere we looked. I am going to have to see it again...and again.
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