1. Exploratorium (Photograph: Courtesy Exploratorium/Amy Snyder)
    Photograph: Courtesy Exploratorium/Amy SnyderEntrance to the Exploratorium at Pier 15
  2. Exploratorium (Photograph: Courtesy Exploratorium/Gayle Laird)
    Photograph: Courtesy Exploratorium/Gayle LairdPlayaflies by artists Michael Brown and David Williams at After Dark: Glow.
  3. Exploratorium (Photograph: Courtesy Exploratorium/Gayle Laird)
    Photograph: Courtesy Exploratorium/Gayle Laird
  4. Exploratorium (Photograph: Courtesy Exploratorium/Thomas Humphrey)
    Photograph: Courtesy Exploratorium/Thomas HumphreyVisitors to Fujiko Nakaya’s Fog Bridge encounter each other as shadows in the ghostly billows of fog.
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4 out of 5 stars

Time Out says

This eye-popping art and science museum mesmerizes kids and adults alike. Reopened after massive renovations at Pier 15 in 2013, the museum touts over 500 exhibits, including hands-on activities, science experiments, and interactive galleries incorporating sight, touch, memory, and perception. The clever, mind-bending exhibits blend light, tricks of physics, and sound. Whether you’re ogling rare plants or awe-inspiring art (a sculpture made from 100,000 toothpicks?!), it’s easy to spend a full day here.


Pier 15
San Francisco
Cross street:
at The Embarcadero
Streetcar to Embarcadero & Green St/ Bus 2, 4, 8, 18, 24, 27, 38, 44, 54, 56, 58, 72, 74, 76, 82X
Opening hours:
Tue–Sun 10am–5pm; Thu 6–10pm (18+ only)
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