Located at Piers 15 and 17 on San Francisco’s Embarcadero, the Exploratorium is a museum of science and art that features over 650 explore-for-yourself exhibits. This scientific funhouse was founded in 1969 by famous physicist Dr. Frank Oppenheimer. At the museum, you can touch a tornado, stick your shadow to a wall, paint with light, experiment with illusions, and much more.

Did you know?

  • Dr. Frank Oppenheimer worked on the Manhattan Project, the international project to create the first atomic bomb during World War II.
  • Dr. Oppenheimer was the younger brother of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the first director of Los Alamos National Laboratory. This facility in New Mexico was used for top-secret testing during the Manhattan Project.



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Sarah Wyland
Sarah never gets in trouble for being on Facebook and Instagram at work, because its her job. As social media manager, she gets to tell the stories of travelers, teachers, and interesting places. Other titles she enjoys include dog mom to Knox, barre instructor, Crossfit athlete, avid reader, and world traveler.