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The stated mission of The Exploratorium, the brainchild of rogue physicist and educator Frank Oppenheimer is to change the way the world learns. Described as the most important science museum to open in the 20th century and characterized as a mad man’s penny arcade, a scientific funhouse, and experimental lab rolled into one, the Exploratorium, today, is an out-of-this-world, 21st-century fun factory and learning laboratory! The groundbreaking nature of its more than 1000 participatory exhibits and self-identification as a center for informal learning has earned the Museum the great distinction of being recognized as a prototype for participatory museums the world over! Originally located at the Palace of Fine Arts, in 2013 Exploratorium reopened at extensively remodeled Pier 15 on San Francisco’s Embarcadero.

Indulge your curiosity and learn as you play-gawk, dawdle and tinker your way through six amazing galleries displaying over 600 crazily-engaging interactive exhibits- come prepared to explore and experiment your way to an easier understanding of the amazing world we live in! What is “triboluminescence?” Is there life in other galaxies? Can I survive a California-style earthquake? Accompany Sun Artist Bob Miller on a light walk; recreate a rainstorm or dissect a cow’s eye; explore the briny deep and interpret an intriguing ancient text. We already know proper nourishment is the key to a lively mind - Seaglass Café, a fabulously casual waterfront venue offers a creative and delightful locally sourced seasonal organic menu of “upscale” cafeteria and diner favorites sure to satisfy and fuel your Exploratorium excursion!