If you think there’s nothing for you at a children’s science museum, San Francisco’s revamped Exploratorium (which reopened
in spring 2013) will blow your mind. It took more than two years and the massed IQs of hundreds of scientists, artists, and
other brainiacs, but they remade an old classic into a sleek, interactive monument to scientific inquiry. The 600 physics
and optics and biology and you-name-it exhibits spin, spark, buzz, baffle, and delight. And that’s all before you get a load
of the city and bay views from its piertop perch on the Embarcadero. Plus there’s the civilized Seaglass Restaurant, with
a comet-inspired bar and tasty, local, sustainable food, like marinated sardines with avocado—yum.
Last Reviewed July 2013