- All entrance fees included
- Family friendly
- Popular choice with kids
Take your time enjoying more than 600 multi-sensory exhibits occupying five different galleries: South, East, West, Central and Outdoor. A large number of these are brand-new exhibits designed specifically for the museum’s new Pier 15 location, so even if you’ve been to the Exploratorium before, there’s lots more to see!
From the physics of sound and movement to human, plant and insect anatomy to optical illusions to global ecosystems, the Exploratorium brings you into a whole new world of discovery, offering intriguing insights for everyone’s interests, whether you’re a kid or an adult!
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Closed Mondays except select holidays; open until 3pm on Christmas Eve
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Visit the Amazing Exploratorium
- General admission to the Exploratorium
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Food and drinks
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Wheelchair and stroller accessible
- A limited number of wheelchairs and strollers are available for loan, free of charge. They are located at the Info Desk on a first-come first-serve basis.
- Guide dogs and other certified assistance animals are welcome
- Coin-operated lockers are located just past ticketing and the Info desk
- Ticket purchase cannot be applied to an annual membership at the museum.
Central Gallery: Seeing and ListeningExperiment with light and vision, sound and hearing, and motion and spatial perception. Our eyes and ears respond to light and sound waves, but these are just the first steps in perceiving the world. Playing with light and sound is the best way to learn how they work, and investigating real phenomena can also give you a deeper understanding of the scientific process.
West Gallery: Human PhenomenaExperiment with thoughts, feelings and social behavior to see how humans think, feel and interact. Here, you and others are the exhibit, so play with social interactions, observe others and contribute your reflections.
South Gallery: TinkeringThink with your hands! Making things and developing ideas by hand helps us construct understanding. So slow down, settle in and make something personally meaningful, from playful contraptions to surprising connections between mechanical systems and natural phenomena.
East Gallery: Living SystemsSometimes life is hard to observe, because it’s too tiny or fast or is hidden underground or in the ocean. Here, investigate the living world to discover what you’ve been missing! Use scientific tools to investigate living things of different sizes, the ecosystems they inhabit and the processes they share.
Outdoor GalleryOpen your senses to this place by the Bay! Investigate forces shaping the city of San Francisco, San Francisco Bay and the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Watch shifting winds and tides, reveal hidden life, shake a bridge, observe human behavior, and find new ways to notice the places we inhabit.
Bay Observatory Gallery: Landscape ObservationSee how natural and human forces interact to create the dynamic landscape surrounding us. Learn to uncover the stories embedded in a place by directly observing the geography, history and ecology of the San Francisco Bay region. The Observatory Gallery also offers incredible views of the Bay and the Bay Bridge!
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
Reviewed by: Alexander G, June 2016
Get there early and bring some snacks. You and your kids are going to want to do everything. I have 2 kids and they wanted to see, touch and read everything. Its a must do when visiting San Francisco. This is a great place to kill some time if you have a day to spare.
Reviewed by: Marco R, April 2016
Spectacular experience. Worth doing in any sort of group you are part of. Family, friends, kids, everyone has someting or a lot positive to take out of this. Super well invested time and money.