Saturday, April 13, 2013

Exploratorium Opens in New Home on April 17

San Francisco's interactive science museum, the Exploratorium, left its long-time home in the Palace of Fine Arts in January.  This Wednesday, April 17, the wonderful museum will open in its new home at Pier 15 on The Embarcadero.

Earlier this week, I had a chance to see the new facility.  While not all of the exhibits were operational, I saw many old favorites as well as quite a few new exhibits.  Children of all ages will enjoy exploring these many wonderful interactive science lessons.  The new building houses six galleries, each with different areas to explore.  In addition, beautiful views of the bay can be seen from the deck at the rear of the museum.  

One of San Francisco's iconic chefs, Loretta Keller, developed the food program at the museum.  The Seaglass Restaurant is a sit-down restaurant at the rear of the building that offers beautiful views of San Francisco Bay and family-friendly fare.  On the street side of the Exploratorium, the Seismic Joint Cafe offers food to go.

The Exploratorium is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 until 5:00, except on Wednesday when it closes at 10:00.  On Thursday from 6:00 until 10:00 p.m., the museum is open only to adults age 18 and over.  Various ticket packages are available with discounts offered to Bay Area residents.  The new museum is sure to be a hit so buy your tickets in advance.  Take public transportation to the museum as parking is limited.  The F line, with its historic streetcars, stops in front of the museum.

If you are visiting San Francisco with children, the Exploratorium is one of the city's must-see attractions.

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