Trip Planner:   USA  /  California  /  San Francisco  /  Exploratorium

Exploratorium, 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. 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.
Create an itinerary including Exploratorium
Exploratorium Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
2,935 reviews
  • So it’s day three in San Fran, you’ve done the Bridges, you’ve done the Wharf, the kids are sick of walking and Mum & Dad are skint.... I walked past twice and thought “please God no !” But yet I was ...  more »
  • When I was a kid I used to go to the older version of the Exploratorium. This new building and exhibits are phenomenal!! Plan to spend an entire day as there is so much to see and do!  more »
  • Exhibition very well armed, with attractions for young and old. Everything is an experiment and a learning, very well organized and very good experiments from simple up to complex both indoors and outdoors.
    View original
  • The Exploratorium is famous for its interactive exhibits, and deservedly so. Each one is a stand-alone experience, blending art with science in varying degrees. Some are designed to teach you about a specific phenomenon; some are meant to be thought-provoking or beautiful; some are simply meant to be silly and fun; and some are a combination. The Exploratorium strives most of all to show people how fun and rewarding it can be to truly engage with and learn about the world around you. No one is too young or old, too educated or too ignorant to be able to take something away from the experience of a visit. I would recommend no activity more highly in the Bay Area than a visit to the Exploratorium. Some tips: visitors wanting to avoid crowds would do best to come in the afternoon on a weekday. Adults wanting something geared more towards them should absolutely check out the Thursday night programming, which is stellar. Parking is available but expensive, so I advise taking BART to Embarcadero and walking the 10 or 20 minutes from there (or taking the F streetcar, if you're feeling a little touristy). If you have the time, go through the Tactile Dome. You have to pay extra and make a reservation, but it's an experience quite unlike anything else (and that's all I'll say). There are two cafes, one at the front which is cheaper and has a smaller menu, and one at the back which is pricier but has more options and a spectacular Bay view. Next time you're wondering what to do with your day off, come to the Exploratorium. You can come here once a week for a year and still have a new experience every time.
  • I loved the Exploratorium as a kid, and I love the new location on the Pier just as much. It's a fun, interactive museum that is bright and lively and great for families. Yes, there a ton of kids running around, so don't expect a quiet experience. It is meant to get kids excited for science. Heck, it gets me excited about science...just don't be afraid to elbow your way into the exhibits you want, especially at the peak times.
  • Family time was wonderful, but running after the kiddos made it hard to see everything in the vast expanse there, so I'd recommend a visit with children and another without. The food was delicious (although a tad expensive for the quality). Admission was a tad pricey but it was a huge place to explore. Many different and interesting things to see and interact with. One center showed themselves upside down in the mirror, one center had a microphone that sounded the opposite of your voice (so if you had a soprano voice, you heard a bass voice), there was a neato (putting it lightly for lack of a better word) clock, a huge color changing slinky looking thingy on the ceiling, and many other things (but I was primarily running after the kiddos.) Definitely a lovely day with the family.
  • After Dark (Thursday s 6pm-9pm): museum is open for adults only. There are bars set up throughout. The exhibits are fantastic! Drinking isn't required for enjoyment. The hands on demonstrations of scientific principles are meant for kids but are lots of fun for adults too.
  • We loved this place, very big with heaps to see and do. The kids loved all the hands on experiments etc that there are to do here. There is so much to do we ran out of time. Well worth the money

Plan your trip to San Francisco

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in San Francisco by other users

View more plans