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Science, Technology, Math, Local Culture
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Price: $10-$15
Admission is free on the first Wednesday of each month; however, because of capacity limits, groups of 10 or more must make reservations.
Is there parking?: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Mobility Assistance Available: Wheelchair Elevator
Notes: A limited number of wheelchairs are available to loan for free at the museum office. Visitors need to leave an I.D. as a deposit when borrowing a wheelchair.
Water/Drinks: Available at attraction or nearby.
This is a good place to get: Snacks Dinner Lunch Breakfast
Restrooms: Available
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An Emphasis on Science, Art, and Fun

Family Time

Address: Phone:
3601 Lyon St
San Francisco, CA 94123
+1 415 561 0360


The Exploratorium was the brain-child of Frank Oppenheimer, an American physicist who was passionate about educating and inspiring youth to get involved in science. This museum, however, is unique in the fact that all the hands-on exhibits were designed by artists, teachers, performers, and scientists--not just museum staff and Oppenheimer. Oppenheimer wanted a variety of input and design, so that no matter what age, background, or educational level the patrons were, there would be something that engaged and educated them all. Nearly half a million people visit the museum each year, making it one of the Bay areas most popular places to see, so expect to have a great time, hanging out and learning with your children.

Times & Dates

Open Hours: 10am-5pm, Tues-Sun
Notes: It's closed on Mondays (except Martin Luther King Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, and Labor Day) and on Thanksgiving; on Christmas Eve it closes at 3pm.
Visit Time: 1hr-3hr
Average Wait Time: None
Price: $10-$15
Price Notes: Admission is free on the first Wednesday of each month; however, because of capacity limits, groups of 10 or more must make reservations.


Indoor with climate control.

Age Recommendations/Requirements

Ages Admitted: Infants/Toddlers (0-3yrs), Children (4-8yrs), Pre-teen (9-12yrs), Teen, Adult, Senior
Ages that would most enjoy this attraction: Children (4-8yrs), Pre-teen (9-12yrs), Teen
Groups that would most enjoy this attraction: Families, Friends, Groups, Solo Travelers


Nearest Train or Bus: MUNI BUS: 30, 43, 28, 29, 22, 41, 45.
Best Modes of Transportation: Automobile/Car Bicycle Bus Taxi Walking
Notes: If you are taking BART, get off at the Montgomery St station, walk one half-block up Market St to Third St and catch the #30 Stockton bus on the corner. Also, almost all downtown-bound Golden Gate Transit buses stop nearby.
Parking Availability: Yes
Average Price per Hour: Free

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