Located on Pier 15 in San Francisco, the Exploratorium is a 330,000 square foot science museum. It features over 600 interactive exhibits to interact with science in a playful and fun way. And it is definitely different from anything else you’d see in San Francisco.
Frank Oppenheimer , the physicist and educator, started the museum in 1969. Oppenheimer believed that science does not have to be boring, and thus implemented new ways to make it fun. Embracing various ways of experimenting science and art, the Exploratorium is the world’s most experimental museum.
Your age doesn’t matter when visiting here. The Exploratorium is a place where you can learn science in its simplest and most familiar form. You would definitely leave being more curious about science as a whole.
Science and Art at the Exploratorium
Works displayed in this science museum includes that of Theo Jansen and Amy Balkin, Ruth Asawa, Tauba Auerbach and several other interesting artists. Over a nice cocktail, you get to be wowed by the most innovative and interactive form of science inventions.
Fun places you must not miss while visiting the Exploratorium include the Tactile Dome and The Distorted Room. A few others include The Shadow Box, the Kankar Forum and several others.
The science museum has both an outdoor and indoor gallery, as well as the tasteful looking Seaglass Restaurant, where you can enjoy good views and food.
The Exploratorium is also involved in the development and education of science teachers and students from all over the United States in its workshops. The Exploratorium also attempts to make the museum a bridge between art and science. The facility constantly involves artists in its residence trainings and exhibitions.
Hours and Admission
Open to the public Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 am — 5:00 pm. Interestingly, on Thursdays, it is open from 6 pm to 10 pm for after dark parties, strictly for adults.
Tickets go for about $30 for adults, $20 for youths, while it is free for children under the age of 3.
After having some fun experimenting here, head over to Coit Tower for some local history and great sites.