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Map & Directions Pier 15
San Francisco, CA 94111
  • Sun, Tue-Sat 10am-5pm


SF Weekly's Description

World-class science museum with tons of hands-on activities for children and mystifying exhibits for everyone.

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  • HISTORY on 04/13/10

    Founded in 1969 by the noted physicist Dr. Frank Oppenheimer, the Exploratorium offers visitors exhibits, webcasts, websites and events to explore & understand the world around them.

  • NASA on 12/07/10

    Have you ever wanted to fire a laser into Jello? See what a Martian snowflake looks like? Do you want to learn how to make a telescope using reading glasses? Then you've come to the right place!

  • This hands-on museum, set to move to a downtown pier next year, is looking to reach a broader audience via exhibitions geared toward adults like "Sexplorations" night and other evening events.

  • Tim L. on 04/24/09

    Try everything, you'll feel like a kid again.

  • Exploratorium on 08/31/11

    Adults, leave your kids at home on the first Thursday of every month and take a date to After Dark, the Exploratorium's night exclusively for adults. There's a new theme every month and a cash bar!

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  • 3.14

    Being an irrational number, pi cannot be expressed exactly as a common fraction. And being an inanimate object, The Exploratorium cannot... More on Exploratorium »

  • McGuire's Magic

    Anne McGuire became a bit infamous for stalking Joe DiMaggio. It was happenstance; the aging baseball legend wandered into McGuire's frame... More on Exploratorium »


    One thing After Dark: Sexplorations has taught us: No matter what your sexual peccadillo, nature has got you beat. Into water sports? The... More on Exploratorium »

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Upcoming Events Here

  • Every Tue., Fri. until June 1

    A series of artist-created audio experiments and interactive sound installations.

  • Every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun.

    One of the Exploratorium's earliest exhibits — a pitch-black maze... More »

  • 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun.

    The family science museum's gigantic new complex is split into six... More »

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