The Exploratorium

TripExpert Score based on reviews in 11 publications
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11 expert recommendations


Afar Magazine

This is not, however, a museum simply for kids—though curious kids will definitely be entertained while learning. Instead, its exhibits aim to raise the scientific literacy of visitors of all ages. Full review →


Atlas Obscura

San Francisco's newly reopened hands-on science museum.  Full review →



Adults as well as kids will enjoy blowing giant bubbles or entering a tiny room that scrambles one's sense of perspective.


Condé Nast Traveler Tick Editor's Pick

Designed... to teach you about science and perception through play. Full review →

New, larger, oceanfront location and excellent restaurant

Fodor's Tick Choice

Walking into this fascinating "museum of science, art, and human perception" is like visiting a mad-scientist's laboratory. Full review →


Frommer's 34

Scientific American magazine rated the Exploratorium "the best science museum in the world" -- and I couldn't agree more. Full review →


Lonely Planet Tick Top Choice

Find answers to questions you wished you'd learned in school, at San Francisco's thrilling hands-on science museum. Full review →


Michelin Guide 54

This innovative museum of science, art and human perception has served as a model for similar science museums around the world since its opening in 1969. Full review →


Not For Tourists

Experimental hands-on museum of science, art, and human perception. Full review →


Travel + Leisure

Prepare to spend several hours here; rotating exhibits like “Making Sense of Sound,” where visitors don headphones to hear how deer, snakes, and other creatures process sound. Full review →



This educational center offers an array of interactive scientific exhibits and hands-on displays that stimulate the senses and minds of the young and old alike. Full review →

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