Three Reasons the Exploratorium Is One of San Francisco’s Most Iconic Attractions
Are you looking for fun things to do in San Francisco? Don't miss your chance to visit the Exploratorium, one of San Francisco's most iconic attractions, where you can touch, tinker, and play with more than 650 hands-on exhibits. You'll find all of this, plus everything you need for uninterrupted exploration, including a café and restaurant, two stores, and free public Wi-Fi throughout the museum.
Read on to find out why the Exploratorium is rated the #1 museum in San Francisco on TripAdvisor and was recently ranked #2 of "The Coolest Museums in the World" by The New York Times Magazine.
It's Not Just a Museum
Founded by physicist Frank Oppenheimer in 1969, the Exploratorium is rooted in San Francisco's rich history of creativity and independent spirit. Along with hundreds of exhibits, most of which have been designed and developed on-site, you'll find immersive art installations such as Fog Bridge, and live demonstrations that spark your curiosity throughout the museum.
For the summer of 2018, Exploratorium visitors can experience Inflatable: Expanding Works of Art, a collection of giant, fantastical air-filled artworks spread across the indoor and outdoor galleries.
It's for Visitors of All Ages
Kids definitely love the Exploratorium, but the fun is not just for them. Every Thursday evening from 6 - 10 p.m., the museum stays open late for adults (18+). Along with the interactive exhibits, you can sip craft beer and cocktails from bars throughout the museum, dance in a tornado, and enjoy dinner with spectacular Bay views at Seaglass Restaurant, all in the same night. See for yourself at Thursdays After Dark.
Endless Photo Opportunities
The Exploratorium isn't like other museums. You can follow your curiosity, explore, and discover things for yourself. All of the museum galleries include interactive exhibits that provide incredible opportunities for selfies and photos. The Exploratorium is also the perfect place to see the city and the Bay. With sweeping views of the skyline, Coit Tower, the Bay Bridge, and Treasure Island from the glass-walled Bay Observatory Gallery & Terrace, you won't see more of San Francisco in another place.
Even the journey to and from the Exploratorium is scenic. The historic F-line streetcars run along the Embarcadero, from the Castro to Fisherman's Wharf, and stop right in front of the Exploratorium. For those who prefer to travel by foot or by bicycle, the Exploratorium is conveniently located between the historic Ferry Building and PIER 39, and just a short distance from Fisherman's Wharf, the Alcatraz ferries, and AT&T Park.