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Exploratorium, San Francisco

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#3 of 31 in Museums in San Francisco
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. Using our custom trip planner, San Francisco attractions like Exploratorium can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • August 14, 2017
    It is a great experience to visit this Museum, for adults and children. What you need to learn at this stage in life!
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  • August 14, 2017
    Oh man! We love science and we love beer! This was a great stop on our trip in San Francisco. But hey, just because you can't go during the adult night does not mean you should not go. Loved the exhib...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    My wife and I had a lot of fun here. There's so much to do we got tired before we'd exhausted it all. We went on a Sunday so it was pretty busy but the large number of activities meant this wasn't an ...  more »
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  • July 13, 2017
    Amazing place to visit if you appreciate science, physics and laws of nature. Interesting setups and demonstrations. Just keep in mind, it is very, very busy and kids run rampant so you may not get to even mess with a majority of exhibits because of this. Recommend you go on an adults only day and start as the doors open for the best bang for your buck. Great museum.
  • July 6, 2017
    Positives: Great hands on science exhibits. Knowledgeable staff. Lots of interactive ways to help all ages learn about science topics. Thank you Mr. Oppenheimer! Negatives: Prices, both admission and food are pricey. If you live in the Bay Area, and can afford it, the memberships can be a good option. Overall definitely worth a visit, or several. They have lockers. FYI: It is more for school aged kids than tiny kids. It is a huge place and a day is not enough if you are a science type of person or family!
  • July 23, 2017
    Terrific, interactive museum/living laboratory. Lots of fun and thought provoking things to see, do, and explore. Kids and adults of all ages will experience new and unknown discoveries. It's a bit expensive, but a good value if you spend much of the day there. Who knows, your visit may inspire a family member to become a future scientist!
  • July 5, 2017
    Terrific museum. Very interactive and fun as well as educational. Easily spend an entire afternoon or more tinkering with all the hands on exhibits. Perfect for families. Does get very crowded with lots of children, but great fun for the adventurous types. Well worth the price of admission.
  • July 21, 2017
    Very interesting "museum". Apparently, Oppenheimer wanted it to be called an "exploratorium" and not a "museum". Perfect for school-age children to pique their curiosity and interest in science. Divided into 6 exhibition sections and I would say, it takes at least 3 hours to briefly browse through everything. Will take longer if you want to try everything. All explanations in English. Very interactive and interesting. Can get busy with kids running and laughing everywhere. Did this as part of SF City Pass.

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