Developed by physicist Frank Oppenheimer and opened in 1969, this innovative and interactive museum behind the Palace of Fine... More
Developed by physicist Frank Oppenheimer and opened in 1969, this innovative and interactive museum behind the Palace of Fine Arts is dedicated to art, science and human perception. The hands-on displays unveil the mysteries of science and language, and present these theories simply and succinctly. For a different kind of hands-on experience, check out the tactile dome: a labyrinth of different textures that explorers navigate in the dark. Seminars on quirky subjects are offered on the weekends. Admission is free the first Wednesday of each month.
The mars exhibit was fun-if you have a couple hours to actually leave Earth on the space mission. I thought mirror-mirror was boring boring, with nothing I imagined. Just small tiny lazer pens on glass, etc.
A delightful hands-on museum that lets children and adults explore, learn, and interact with the exhibits. The exhibits are being updated constantly. Other museums around the world model themselves on this one, which is the first and still the best for hands-on interactive learning.
We arrived at the Exploratorium at 11am on Easter Sunday, it was packed. There are tons of exhibits. As expceted some cool, some not so cool. My 5yr old loved it because you can touch everything you see! By the time we saw it all we were exhibited out! The only downfall is so many people waiting in line to see-touch everything. A good sight to see at least once. As a bonus, its located right next to the Palace of Fine Arts(great photo opportunity).
I absolutely love this museum. I'm a frequent visitor to San Francisco, and I visit this museum almost everytime I go. I loved playing with all the hands-on exhibits when I was a kid, and I love applying my science knowledge when I go now as an adult. This museum is interesting even to people who don't like science - my parents know very little about anything scientific, but still enjoy the museum.
If you are planning on taking small children, I would recommend keeping a close eye on them. There are often swarms of kids, so it's hard to keep track of your own kids.
I just took my 9 year-old nephew here; he had a BLAST. Not only is it fun to play with all the stuff, but it's educational and even artful at times. There's a lot to see in there so give yourself a day for it, I was in there for only a couple of hours and didn't even make it through half of the exhibits.