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Exploratorium - 75 Reviews - Pier 15, San Francisco, CA - Science Museums Reviews - Phone (415) 528-4444
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San Francisco, CA 94111
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Exploratorium - San Francisco, CA
Exploratorium - San Francisco, CA
Exploratorium - San Francisco, CA


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For a fun, out of ordinary date, I went to the Tactile Dome and had a great time. I've been to the Exploratorium many times and always enjoyed myself. So if you're into science an...


I went there this past Sunday with my family.

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Exploratorium 3/27/2006

I used to come here on field trips as a kid, and I went back recently for the first time and it was just as fun! They have an impressive number of hands-on exhibits that deal with all aspects of science: plants, animals, genetics, physics, chemistry, etc. It's a great place to take your kids as they'll learn a ton and have fun doing so too. I loved the shadow box and the oversized bubble makers when I was a fourth grader, and was happy to still see both things still around. There is free admission on the first Wednesday of the month. more

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I love to take my kids here 3/25/2006

I graduated college with a degree in Physics, so I'm kind of like a kid in a candy store here. My kids are old enough to find most of this interesting or they like learning from Daddy. We have a membership and we go right when it opens and shut it down. My kids favorite part is the Alice in Wonderland room and they can spend a long time in there, followed by the spinning gazebo thing that simulates how the goldfish feel when they people push a button and make their environment spin around. It gets busy on the weekends and that also teaches my kids to take turns with other children. more

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kids discover the mysteries of the universe 3/20/2006

The first time I went to the Exploratorium was when I was seven years old and this place had a major influence on the interests I pursue now. This place isn't nearly as fun anymore; the attractions don't hold the same mystery they once did. But for a kid, this place is just magical. They can learn so much in just one day in this place. If you have kids or are taking care of some and really want to distract them for a long period of time, you really should bring them here. And for the adults, the exterior of the museum is surrounded by these gorgeous greek ruins. A perfect photo opportunity. I've seen a lot of couples take their wedding pictures here. And if that isn't cool enough, there's a lake with these huge gorgeous swan. Just don't get too close; they'll chase you down. more

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Get your hands on it. 8/21/2005

The Exploratorium is a great place for children, and adults alike. There's no better way to introduce children to the amazing world of science. There are a tremendous amount of hands on experiments, and there is an endless amount of activities to explore. The Exploratorium is one of San Francisco's hidden gems, hidden away from many other hidden attractions, however its a must see for anyone that has children. The lines may get a bit long, unless you go during the weekdays. I highly recommend the Exploratorium. more

Fun, educational museum that's not just for kids 8/21/2005

Science museums are always great places to take kids and the Exploratorium is no exception. They have a wide range of exhibits that appeal to (and can be understood) all different age groups. I'm particularly impressed with their living plants/animals displays and some of the newer interactive/computer exhibits. I often find myself more interested well after the kid I'm with gets bored. Some of the displays are getting a little worn down and it would be nice to have more staff around to help talk about some of the displays, but you have to love any museum that encourages you to touch. more

GREAT!! 8/19/2005

Perfect to bring the kids to when you have spare time. This place has everything that you could imagine. The first time I went there I was so suprised and learned so much about science. This place is very entertaining where you can learn about science, art, and human perception. The entrance fee is worth its cost. They even have WIFI internet if you bring your laptop. more

I love this place 8/16/2005

I used to come here all the time when I was a kid, and I'd love to go back again. There were so many interesting exhibits. Not only were they fun, but they were educational too. This is a great place to go to for a field trip, to take your kids, to go with your friends, and maybe even for a date! more

Hands-on fun 8/16/2005

I love going to this place. It's really more of a fun place than a museum. You learn a lot about science through hands-on exhibits. They have a biology section, ecology section with lots of bugs and plants, physics section with tons of neat little experiments and other cool science and math things, like optical illusions and probability experiments. Very kid and family friendly. First Wed. of each month is free! Go early on that day cuz of long lines. more

Very fun Museum 8/7/2005

THis museum isn't liek the other museums in san francisco which only have things in glass showcases. IN this place, you can play around with toys, learn cool facts, and watch simulators. It is an extremely fun place that changes their experiments all the time so you wont get bored of them. It is free on the first wednesdays of each month so hurry! The tv visual gallery is a must see. more

What a cool place for kids! 8/7/2005

This museum is great for children, in fact it's designed with them in mind! Nearly all the exhibits feature something to push, pull, touch, turn, feel, or explore. There are many different exhibits, so many that children may even feel overwhelemed, wanting to see everything at once. The staff are friendly and helpful, and enjoy entertaining school groups for field trips, as well as daycamps, and other groups. There is nearby park where people can eat lunch, or you can grab lunch at their snack bar inside. If you decide to take your children, it would be smart to set aside an afternoon, as it may take awhile to see and do everything that is available inside. more

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Awesome place 7/27/2005

I love the Exploratorium!! Even though I wasn't much of a physics fan back in school, this place is the best. There are so many exhibits to look at. And the best part about the exploratorium is that almost everything is a hands on expereince. Thats what makes this place unique and interesting. I would recommend this place for all people. You learn alot and have fun too. more

Great place to take your kids 7/16/2005

I used to come here all the time when I was a kid. The exhibits here are the perfect way for kids to enjoy science. They are super fun for the kids, but parents will love them too since they are so educational. I never wanted to leave this place, and always made sure I went to every exhibit before I left. more

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Great scientific fun! 7/10/2005

This is a place for hands on learning. A great experience, I would recomend it to anyone! Here you get to learn and EXPERIENCE scientific facts and laws that you never even thought of before. You will not get bored here. A great place to take the kids (and you will definitly have fun there too.) Parking is kind of a problem, you are going to need to check side streets. Come early or you won't get to see everything. more
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