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Pier 15, San Francisco, CA
URL: Exploratorium  Phone: 415-528-4420

Activity Overview

Situated on the Embarcadero on Pier 15 in San Francisco, the Exploratorium offers hundreds of exhibits to visitors. The best part is that you are invited to touch and manipulate them!

The Exploratorium is a newly designed, enlarged, and relocated version of the classic museum once housed in the San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts.

Filled with hands on fun for all ages, the science museum boasts activities which focus on geography, arts, ecology, photography, astronomy, biology, and countless more subjects of interest.

Things to Do

  • Rely on the sense of touch to navigate the tactile dome.
  • The Listen Exhibition focuses on the human ability to hear, understand, and process sounds, which in turn changes how we see the world.
  • Skateboard Science - Learn how science plays a role in a popular sport.
  • Microscopic Imaging Station
  • Geometry Exhibits - Discover how sight, movements, and thoughts impact how we view our world.
  • Visit the Sea Glass Restaurant, where children, teenagers, and adults are guaranteed to enjoy the menus of locally sources, organic, and multi cultural foods and beverages.

Exploratorium Insider Tips

  • Weekday afternoons are the best times to visit to avoid crowds.
  • Take advantage of library and other local discounts, in addition to periodic free admission days. Residents of the 9 San Francisco Bay counties also receive specialized admission prices.
  • Plan on paying to park. Meters as well as local garages are available.
  • Browse the busy Exploratorium calendar for events of interest before planning your visit.

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