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Skip the Line: Exploratorium General Admission Ticket

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San Francisco, United States

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icon2 to 5 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 8 more

Overview

Engage your senses and delve into a world of discovery at San Francisco’s Exploratorium. With a fantastic new location on Pier 15 overlooking San Francisco Bay, the revamped museum offers more than 650 interactive exhibits for the whole family. Explore the amazing realms of physics, anatomy, emotions, and Earth’s ecosystems through hands-on displays that delight and inform visitors of all ages. With mobile tickets, skip the line and simply scan your phone for direct entry in the Exploratorium.
  • Skip the line with your mobile ticket, simply scan your phone for direct entry to San Francisco's Exploratorium
  • Spend a day with the whole family at this enthralling hands-on museum
  • Enjoy more than 650 fun, immersive, interactive exhibits that engage all the senses for visitors of all ages
  • Learn about physics, music, art, biology, ecosystems and much more
  • Conveniently located at Pier 15 between the Ferry Building and Fisherman’s Wharf/Pier 39
Skip-the-line admission to the Exploratorium
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks
Tactile Dome experience
Viator ticket purchases cannot be applied to an annual membership at the museum.

Departure Point

Exploratorium, Green St Pier 15, The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111

Departure Time

1/16/2020 - 10/13/2021
Monday - Sunday:10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Kids and adults both will love the all-new Exploratorium in San Francisco! Recently reopened in a brand-new building, 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 the discovery museum with your all-day general admission ticket.

Explore at your own pace on a self-guided experience through more than 650 exhibits spread across six different galleries, including an open air-space outside and many brand-new features. Isolate the senses at the Seeing and Listening gallery, and discover the inner workings of the brain in the Human Phenomena space. 

Get creative by building mechanical contraptions in the Tinkering Gallery, and investigate Earth’s amazing eco-systems at the Living Systems area. Learn about the natural and human forces that shape the unique San Francisco Bay Area in an outdoor discovery space, and take in sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay and new Bay Bridge at the Bay Observatory Gallery. 

See Itinerary below for a more complete description of the Exploratorium’s multi-sensory galleries.
Itinerary
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Exploratorium
Kids and adults both will love the Exploratorium in San Francisco! Recently reopened in a new state-of-the-art 9-acre campus, 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. Complimentary museum maps are available in English, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, French, German, Portuguese, Korean, and Japanese. -------------------- ITINERARY -------------------- Exploratorium Galleries Central Gallery: Seeing and Listening Experiment with light and vision, sound and hearing, and motion and spatial perception. Our eyes and ears respond to light and sound waves, but these are just the first steps in perceiving the world. Playing with light and sound is the best way to learn how they work, and investigating real phenomena can also give you a deeper understanding of the scientific process. West Gallery: Human Phenomena Experiment with thoughts, feelings and social behavior to see how humans think, feel and interact. Here, you and others are the exhibit, so play with social interactions, observe others and contribute your reflections. South Gallery: Tinkering Think with your hands! Making things and developing ideas by hand helps us construct understanding. So slow down, settle in and make something personally meaningful, from playful contraptions to surprising connections between mechanical systems and natural phenomena. East Gallery: Living Systems Sometimes life is hard to observe, because it’s too tiny or fast or is hidden underground or in the ocean. Here, investigate the living world to discover what you’ve been missing! Use scientific tools to investigate living things of different sizes, the ecosystems they inhabit and the processes they share. North Gallery: Outdoor Exhibits Open your senses to this place by the Bay! Investigate forces shaping the city of San Francisco, San Francisco Bay and the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Watch shifting winds and tides, reveal hidden life, walk across the Fog Bridge, observe human behavior, and find new ways to notice the places we inhabit. Bay Observatory Gallery: Landscape Observation See how natural and human forces interact to create the dynamic landscape surrounding us. Learn to uncover the stories embedded in a place by directly observing the geography, history and ecology of the San Francisco Bay region. The Observatory Gallery also offers incredible views of the Bay and the Bay Bridge! Temporary Special Exhibitions During the summer and winter holidays, the Exploratorium showcases dynamic temporary exhibitions—ensuring visitors always have something new and exciting to experience in addition to our more than 650 hands-on exhibits, programs and annual events. These temporary exhibitions have featured colossal art installations, social experiments and more.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Free admission for children ages 3 and under
  • All exhibition spaces, stores, 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 museum maps are available in English, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, French, German, Portuguese, Korean, and Japanese.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY The Exploratorium

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What is the maximum group size during Skip the Line: Exploratorium General Admission Ticket?
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This activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Get there early as it will take all day to see and do everything." See review
  • "Make sure you check out the view from the second floor balcony." See review

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Most excellent adventure
RANDREAGAN
, 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.
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Awesome place!
tbird101098
, 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.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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This place is great for small...
healthy4teeth
, 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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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