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Pier 15, San Francisco, CA 94111
Main Entrance to the Exploratorium at Pier 15

Main Entrance to the Exploratorium at Pier 15.

Photo credit: By Amy Snyder (Exploratorium) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The Exploratorium is a museum in San Francisco that allows visitors to explore the world through science, art, and human perception. It has been characterized as "a mad scientist's penny arcade, a scientific funhouse, and an experimental laboratory all rolled into one." Since the museum's founding, over 1,000 participatory exhibits have been created, approximately 600 of which are on the floor at any given time. Exhibits cover a range of subject areas, including human perception (such as vision, hearing, learning and cognition), the life sciences, physical phenomena (such as light, motion, electricity, waves and resonance, and magnetism), local environment (water, wind, fog, rain, sun, and other elements, as well as cityscape, landscape, and the flora and fauna of the Bay) and human behavior (such as cooperation, competition, and sharing). The exhibit-building workshop space is contained within the museum and is open to view.

The museum is at Pier 15 on the Embarcadero at Green Street, between the Ferry Building and Fisherman's Wharf.

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