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Exploratorium

Contact Info
3601 Lyon St
San Francisco, CA

Phone:
415-563-7337
Basics
Type:
Art Gallery-Museum

Description

More than just a museum, the Exploratorium invites visitors to get down and dirty with science. Exhibits take advantage of the senses and teach through experience what these mean. In the Seeing Gallery, you will play with light and color. Keep your ears open in the Listening Gallery and touch your way through the Tactile Dome. Located in San Francisco's famous Palace of Fine Arts, the Exploratorium offers something for the whole family.

Hours + Fees

Hours:
Tues-Sun: 10 am to 5 pm
Closed Mondays, except Martin Luther King Day, President's day, Memorial Day, and Labor Day
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve (at 3pm) and Christmas Day.
Season:
Open year-round

Details

Additional Details:

All exhibition spaces, the Exploratorium store, café, and all public restrooms are wheelchair accessible. One set of restrooms is in the museum''s entrance lobby; the other is located near the café.

A limited number of wheelchairs are available for loan, free of charge, at the museum office. Visitors need to leave an I.D. as a deposit when borrowing a wheelchair.

Map + Directions

Basic Directions
From the North Bay:
Cross the Golden Gate Bridge, following signs indicating downtown San Francisco. Take the Marina exit on the left. (You'll see the Marina exit sign overhead.) Do not take the Lombard Street exit. Take a sharp right turn at the light at the end of the exit ramp. This is the entrance to the museum. The parking lot entrance is about 500 feet ahead on the right.

From the East Bay:
Cross the Bay Bridge. Follow the signs to the 9th Street exit. Stay in the right-hand lane. Go one block and turn right onto 9th. Stay in the left-hand lane. Immediately after Market, veer left onto Hayes Street. Make a right turn onto Van Ness Avenue. Take Van Ness to Lombard (look for signs to the Golden Gate Bridge). Turn left onto Lombard. Once on Lombard, get into the right-hand lane. Follow Lombard to Lyon Street. At Lyon Street turn right. At the "T", turn left onto Palace Drive. Follow it around the Palace of Fine Arts to the entrance of the parking lot, on your left.

From the South Bay or the Peninsula:
Take 101 North to the Market Street/Van Ness exit. Take Van Ness to Lombard (look for signs to the Golden Gate Bridge.) Turn left onto Lombard. Once on Lombard, get into the right-hand lane. Follow Lombard to Lyon Street. At Lyon Street turn right. At the "T", turn left onto Palace Drive. Follow it around the Palace of Fine Arts to the entrance of the parking lot, on your left.
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