Developed by physicist Frank Oppenheimer and opened in 1969, this innovative and interactive museum is dedicated to art, science and human perception. Relocated from the Palace of Fine Arts to Piers 15 and 17, the modern space features plenty of new green technologies including the largest solar panel roof in San Francisco and offers over 600 hands-on exhibits. These hands-on displays unveil the mysteries of science and language, and present these theories simply and succinctly. Webinars, special events and seminars occur throughout the year. This San Francisco gem is a must visit.
Located in Golden Gate Park, the California Academy of Sciences is one of the greenest buildings in the city and has a platinum certification from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). The museum features the renovated and expanded Steinhart Aquarium, complete with a hands-on tide pool and the well-known alligator swamp. Other exciting features are the Morrison Planetarium, the four-storey rainforest dome, and the Tusher African Hall. In addition to these educational gems, the museum features other natural history exhibits as well as exhibits about global warming. The Academy Café offers international cuisine, while the elegant Moss Room restaurant is the only dining option available in the park past museum closing time.
This science center features a variety of educational attractions including one of the largest telescopes (36-inch reflector) open to the public in the United States. You can also look through its historic eight- and 20-inch telescopes and enjoy a sophisticated 250-seat planetarium, a 210-seat domed-screen theater, and a 150-seat amphitheater. The observatory also offers interactive science exhibits including a Challenger Learning Center with space flight simulation.
This is a hands-on science museum. Walk in past a full-scale fiberglass model of a fin whale and indulge in earthquake simulations, dice-rolling games of probability, a planetarium and hundreds of other exhibits for both kids and adults. The younger set will particularly appreciate the Wizard Lab. The view from here (day or night) is about the best you will get in the Bay Area.
A penny for your thoughts? In addition to a melange of penny structures, this quirky, offbeat museum has a variety of interesting gadgets and knick-knacks. A must-see is the toothpick amusement park, built by San Quentin inmates. Bring a handful of quarters to Musée Mécanique so you can play some of the antique games, including the miniature pinball machines. Visiting the museum is free of charge.
One of the main features of the Presidio of San Francisco, The Walt Disney Family Museum offers a comprehensive insight into the history of the Disney family as well as the Disney franchise. Exhibits mainly focus on Walt Disney's life, including Walt Disney sketches, such as early versions of Mickey Mouse, a model of the original Disneyland, and audio and video clips of some favorite Disney movies and cartoons. Geared towards adults and kids alike, this delightful museum offers an immersive trip down memory lane and is a fun and informative way of exploring the world of Disney!
Young creativity is blossoming inside this space-age glass and metal cone. The Children's Creativity Museum is the place for budding kid and teen artists to hone their skills while also discovering new ones. Visual, media and performing artists are always on hand to interact with the museum's visitors. Children are encouraged to help with projects, including stop-motion animation, digital photography, and the cutting-edge, new media form of web casting. Do not miss the Charles Loof carousel (circa 1906); its hand-carved wooden animals have been restored to their original baroque perfection. There is also a theater on the premises used for various performances of different genres that stem outside the children's genre. This place is wonderful fun for the whole family.
Have a dandy day at Candytopia, a four-month pop-up art installation in San Francisco. The cheery and colorful exterior is just a hint at what’s waiting inside and Candytopia San Francisco is an ultimate paradise for candy connoisseurs. Dedicated solely to the true love of candies, Candytopia goes a step ahead and fulfills all your childhood dreams of jumping on a bed of marshmallows, to witnessing unicorns and pigs built entirely from the scratch with jellybeans. With the sheer number of impressive art installations inside, you can make a whole day out of visiting Candytopia.
Having undergone refurbishment, The David Ireland House is one of the most beautiful art galleries in San Francisco. David Ireland, an American artist personally worked on the restoration of the house, transforming it into an art gallery and a studio. Many of the art collections inside, most of which are things and appliances used by Mr. Ireland himself are beautifully restored and conserved even today. Guided tours to the house and other public programs - workshops and exhibits are regularly conducted.
Run by the SF Recreation Department, this is a children's' museum that provides an array of activities and entertainment. In addition to numerous nature, science, and art exhibits, Randall Museum features an animal room with birds, lizards, snakes, mice, an owl, as well as an operating see-through bee-hive, and a petting area. Topics covered at the weekly education and workshop series for adults and children range from jewelry-making to model trains. On Saturdays it offers one-day classes that start at 1p, for children of all ages.
If you want to know how a cable car works, the Cable Car Museum is the place to learn. The world's first cable car rests here and with it a concise explanation of how those little cable cars make their way up those famous San Francisco hills. In an underground viewing area, you can look at the system's enormous cable wheels, which pull 11 miles (18 kilometers) of cable at 9.5 miles (15 kilometers) per hour. Closely examine the steel cables, gears, and pulleys that bring this city's most famous transportation to life. Don't miss the gift shop, where you can purchase your very own length of used cable!