Trip Planner:   USA  /  California  /  San Francisco  /  Exploratorium

Exploratorium, San Francisco

4.6
#2 of 6 in Childrens 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. 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.
Improve this listing »
Create an itinerary including Exploratorium
map
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors
Exploratorium Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
3,090 reviews
Google
4.7
TripAdvisor
  • 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 »
Google
  • This is a fantastic place. Its not quite a museum as its more about experimental science. It would be easy to spend a whole day here, and I wish we'd had more time. We really enjoyed our time here and spent a lot of time going through half of the place, not even realizing just how much was left. I would recommended this for anyone with kids and even if you don't have kids. There's neat things to check out outside.
  • I would highly recommend this to anyone that cares even the tiniest bit about science. It's a lot of fun and not too expensive. If you're an adult I'd also recommend the After Dark experience. It's nice not having a bunch of kids around. There was a pretty strong college vibe the night I went. Also, they sell really tasty cocktails at multiple points in the facility. Overall, it's just a lot of fun. Fair warning though, 4 hours isn't enough time to see everything if you attend the special event and try the tactile dome.
  • I had not come here since I was young. My mom and I decided to go to see the new building, and I am definitely regretting not coming sooner. We loved all the fun and educational stations! As an educator I really enjoyed all the hands on STEAM materials and ideas. I also loved seeing all the kids having fun while learning about the various topics. I would definitely recommend coming here. If you are a teacher you can email them about getting a free day pass.
  • Fantastic discovery museum space for kids from 1 to 92. Would be brilliant for a date! My 4 year old loved it, as did her dad. Loads of hands on stuff, good explanations and well distributed so it wasn't too crowded on a Friday afternoon. The gift shop was fabulous too, and the cafe looked lovely, although it was closing as we arrived. Tickets are pricey but it's great fun so worth it.
  • Superb museum. Wish they had this kind of place when I was a kid. All features are imaginative and interactive. Brings out the kid inside of all of us. Was jammed with little ones on Saturday but I guess that's a sign of how good this place is. Would certainly recommend to people with young kids. And would recommend to adults, but perhaps outside of kid rush hour!

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 to Exploratorium by other users

16 days in California BY A USER FROM ITALY September, popular sights PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 18 days in United States BY A USER FROM IRAQ November, popular sights PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 49 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, romantic, fast-paced, popular sights PREFERENCES: December, romantic ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Fast-paced 12 days in Western US BY A USER FROM HUNGARY April, teens, popular sights PREFERENCES: April, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 13 days in Western US BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, kids, fast-paced, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Fast-paced 25 days in California, Hollywood & Las Vegas BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA July, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 8 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, kids, relaxing, romantic, beaches, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, kids, relaxing, romantic, beaches, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 29 days in Continental USA BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND June, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 22 days in United States BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE March, fast-paced, popular sights PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Fast-paced 60 days in United States BY A USER FROM INDIA November, popular sights PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 34 days in United States BY A USER FROM INDIA December, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, slow & easy, popular sights PREFERENCES: December, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Slow & easy
View more plans