The Exploratorium is one of the most fun and interactive museums you’ll ever go to. It allows you to explore the world through science, art, and human perception. Its mission is to create inquiry-based experiences that transform learning. The New York Times describes it as the most important science museum to have opened since the mid-20th century attributing to “the nature of its exhibits, its wide-ranging influence and its sophisticated teacher training program” (Source: Rothstein, Edward. “An Emphasis on Newton’s Laws (and a Little Lawlessness)”. The New York Times. Retrieved 12 June 2013).
This is a great place for both adults and kids. It is located at Pier 15 on the Embarcadero by the waterfront and the Ferry Building. It is a convenient walk from the financial district and downtown. You can also take the Bart to the Embarcadero station. You can also park for $10-15.
Community Free Saturdays are the following for 2018:
- Sunday, May 13, 2018, 10:00am.–5:00pm
- Friday, July 13, 2018, 5:00pm–9:00pm
- Saturday, September 22, 2018, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m
- Sunday, October 21, 2018, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m
Cost: Pay What You Can / Free – you may choose to enter for free or can choose to pay any amount should you have the means or desire to do so. Come early because the line gets long pretty fast.
Regular Museum Hours are 10am to 5pm. Tickets are $19.95 at the door and $17.95 purchased online. Thursday night AfterDark events are 6pm to 10 pm. The museum is closed on Mondays.