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Free admission days at the Exploratorium

A family of four entering San Francisco’s Exploratorium can cost — gulp! — about $100 if the children are between 4 and 12 years old, so putting their free admission days on your calendar is a wise move.

Exploratorium always has funny exhibits for kids: drinking from toilets
Exploratorium always has funny exhibits for kids: drinking from toilets | Photo: Alec Flett

Community Days at the Exploratorium

All visitors can pay-what-you-wish on Community Days, when museum entry is on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Community Groundhog Day (Saturday, February, 2, 2019)
  • Community Pi Day (DAYTIME ONLY: Thursday, March 14, 2019)
  • Community Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 12, 2019)
  • Community International Peace Day (Saturday, September 21, 2019)
  • Community 50th Anniversary Founder’s Day (Sunday, October 20, 2019)

Never been? Check out our handy guides: a three-year old’s guide to the Exploratorium and what to know about the Exploratorium with kids!

Exploratorium with Kids
photo: Melissa Moore

Local mom Melissa Moore says, “Some of my favorite, unique exhibits that are accessible for preschoolers include: a room with different types of xylophones and mallets to experiment with sound, the many light and shadow exhibits that can be experienced by walking (or dancing) in front of a screen, the “fog” bridge outside, and many of the pieces of  “art” that can be touched and experienced with the senses.”


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