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Exploratorium General Admission Ticket

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icon2 to 5 hours  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English and 4 more

Overview

Engage your senses and delve into a world of discovery at San Francisco’s Exploratorium. With a fantastic location on Pier 15 overlooking San Francisco Bay, the museum offers hundreds of interactive exhibits for the whole family. Explore the amazing realms of physics, anatomy, human perception, and Earth’s ecosystems through inquiry-based displays that delight and inform visitors of all ages.
  • Spend a day with the whole family at this one-of-a-kind museum
  • Enjoy hundreds of fun, immersive, interactive exhibits that engage all the senses for visitors of all ages
  • Learn about physics, music, art, biology, and much more
  • Conveniently located at Pier 15 between the Ferry Building and Fisherman’s Wharf/Pier 39
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Daytime admission to the Exploratorium
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks
Tactile Dome experience (temporarily closed)
Viator ticket purchases cannot be applied to an annual membership at the museum.
After Dark - Thursday Evening Admission (Ages 18+ only)
11/22/2021 - 11/27/2021
Tuesday:10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Wednesday:10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Friday:10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Saturday:10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Sunday:12:00 PM - 05:00 PM
11/28/2021 - 12/18/2021
Wednesday:10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Thursday:10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Friday:10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Saturday:10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Sunday:12:00 PM - 05:00 PM
12/19/2021 - 12/25/2021
Monday:10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Tuesday:10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Wednesday:10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Thursday:10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Friday:10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Sunday:12:00 PM - 05:00 PM
12/26/2021 - 1/2/2022
Monday:10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Tuesday:10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Wednesday:10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Thursday:10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Friday:10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Saturday:10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Sunday:12:00 PM - 05:00 PM
1/3/2022 - 12/17/2022
Wednesday:10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Thursday:10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Friday:10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Saturday:10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Sunday:12:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Kids and adults will love the Exploratorium in San Francisco. This favorite family attraction boasts a convenient new location along the Embarcadero waterfront, between Fisherman’s Wharf and the Ferry Building. Enjoy the vibrant bayside energy of Pier 15, and then head inside this unique museum with your all-day general admission ticket.

Explore at your own pace on a self-guided experience through hundreds of exhibits spread across six spacious galleries, including an open-air gallery. Experiment with lights, mirrors, and bubbles in Gallery 3, and discover the inner workings of the brain and human perception in Gallery 1. 

Investigate mechanical contraptions in the Tinkering Studio, and explore life from DNA and cells to organisms and ecosystems in Gallery 4. Learn about the natural and human forces that shape the unique San Francisco Bay Area in an outdoor space, and take in sweeping views of the Bay and Bay Bridge at the Bay Observatory.
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Kids and adults both will love the Exploratorium in San Francisco! This favorite family attraction boasts a convenient location along the Embarcadero waterfront, between Fisherman’s Wharf and the Ferry Building. Enjoy the vibrant bayside energy of Pier 15, and then head inside the museum with your all-day general admission ticket.
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • IMPORTANT: In accordance with the City of San Francisco Vaccine Requirement, proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and a valid photo ID are now required for all visitors ages 12+, without exception.
  • All exhibition spaces, the Store, dining areas, and all public restrooms are 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
  • Tactile maps for blind and visually impaired visitors are available upon request.
  • Coin-operated lockers are located just past Ticketing and the Info desk
  • Complimentary digital museum maps are available in English, Spanish, French, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, and Tagalog.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Free admission for children ages 3 and under
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY The Exploratorium
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Exploratorium General Admission Ticket?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Exploratorium General Admission Ticket.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Exploratorium General Admission Ticket?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Exploratorium General Admission Ticket.

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  • "Get there early as it will take all day to see and do everything." See review

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star-5
Most excellent adventure
RAND_R
, Aug 2019
Could have spent another day! Fascinating displays, one after another. Kids enjoyed everything. Lunch was pricey! $95 for 5 for hot dogs, fries, mac and cheese and one salad. Bring your own.
star-5
Awesome place!
Theresa_S
, Jul 2019
The Exploratorium was amazing. So much to see and do. Kids were active the entire time. Get there early as it will take all day to see and do everything.
star-5
This is a fun place to explore. Make...
Cheri J
, Mar 2018
This is a fun place to explore. Make sure you check out the view from the second floor balcony. If you get a chance to do the tactile dome, DO IT! If you prefer not to hang out with running screaming kids then pick the nighttime event.
star-5
Fantastic...this is amazing for kids...
Kathleen S
, Aug 2017
Fantastic...this is amazing for kids of all ages. Bought tickets for 2 adults and 3 children...arrived to find it closed and was upset to be out over $100. The voucher said no refunds. Called Viator that night,they changed ticket to next day!! I was beyond impressed and thrilled. Always use Vistor!
star-4
Amazing for Kids. So so for...
Hajime T
, Feb 2017
Amazing for Kids. So so for adults. If I was an energetic kid this would be a feast for the 5 senses. Through no fault of the attraction, it wasn't for an adult like me. If you do visit, make sure you visit the end of the museum section 5 or 6 where the observatory is, very beautiful view of the water.
star-4
This place is great for small...
Victoria_L
, Nov 2016
This place is great for small children and the cafe had a lot of healthy choices that my daughter enjoyed. One word of warning if you buy your tickets on viator you CANNOT use it to upgrade to an annual membership. Wish I had known this before I purchased!
star-5
Get there early and bring some...
Alexander G
, May 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.
star-5
Spectacular experience. Worth doing...
Marco R
, Apr 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.
star-5
This museum is incredible. The exhibits...
Lynny0102
, Jul 2015
This museum is incredible. The exhibits are interactive, engaging, informational and fun for all ages. It is clean, spacious and easy to spend hours there.mthis is a must for adults and children. I would visit again as too many things to experience in one visit.
star-5
I absolutely loved all the displays...
Danielle S
, Jan 2015
I absolutely loved all the displays at the Exploratorium. This is not just for kids, there are plenty of exhibits that could keep you curious and entertained for days. Loved it!

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