8 SF Museums Perfect for Families with Children

San Francisco has a lot to offer when it comes to eating, drinking, sightseeing and hill climbing. When visiting the city with a younger crowd in tow, a museum visit can be a great way to break up the day (especially if El Niño does visit us this winter) and provide an opportunity for learning. We recommend the following eight- and while you probably won’t have time to hit all of them, you won’t go wrong with any of them.

1. Children’s Creativity Museum

Located adjacent to the Yerba Buena Gardens, the Children’s Creativity Museum is a great place to take kids interested in technology and interactive art. Extra points for having the coolest carousel this side of the Rockies. General admission is $12 and the museum is open Wednesday to Sunday 10AM-4PM. 221 Fourth Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.

2. Walt Disney Family Museum

The Walt Disney Family Museum brings to life the story of Walt Disney through art, personal artifacts, and multimedia technology. Find out more about rotating exhibits here. Adult admission is $20 and youth admission is $12. The museum is open Wednesday-Monday 10AM-6PM. 104 Montgomery Street, The Presidio, San Francisco, CA 94129.

3. San Francisco Cable Car Museum 

The SF Cable Car Museum great spot to learn about the history of San Francisco’s cable cars for both children and adults. A great place to visit for children with an interest in how things work. Make the experience even more memorable by following it up with a ride on one of SF’s three remaining cable car lines. Admission is free and the museum is open daily from 10AM-5PM. 1201 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94108.

4. Maritime Historical Park

Whether you’re in the mood to go aboard the Balclutha to get a feel for a sailors life in the 1880s, or you want to keep your feet on dry land at the Maritime Museum the choice is yours! Check out the NPS calendar to find out what events are going on that week. Admission is $10 for those over the age of 15. The park is open daily from 9:30AM-5PM. 499 Jefferson Street (at Hyde), San Francisco, CA 94109

5. The Innovation Hangar

Located inside the Palace of Fine Arts Exhibition Hall, the Innovation Hangar offers rotating exhibits intended to inspire curiosity and imagination in our youngest generation. Free admission. Open Wednesday-Sunday from 10AM-5PM. 3601 Lyon Street, San Francisco, CA 94123.

6. California Academy of Sciences

A classic suggestion, but one that must be made nonetheless, the Cal Academy of Sciences boasts a planetarium, earthquake simulation room, butterfly garden, and aquarium. Great for a full day of fun (even their cafeteria is terrific.) Base non-member tickets are $35 for adults and $24 for children. Open Monday-Saturday 9:30AM-5PM and Sunday 11AM-5PM. 55 Music Concourse Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118

7. Exploratorium

The Exploratorium is the most interactive children’s museum in town. Great for kids who do best with hands on learning. Admission is $29 for adults and $19 for youths aged 4-12. Open Tuesday-Sunday 10AM-5PM. Pier 15 (Embarcadero at Green St) San Francisco, CA 94111.

8. Museum of Craft and Design

The MCD is an alternative art museum, offering exhibits that feature art made with unique materials. Find out about upcoming children’s workshops here. General admission is $12 for those over age 12. Open Tuesday-Saturday 11AM-6PM and Sunday 12PM-5PM. 2569 Third Street, San Francisco, CA 94107.

Was there an exhibit or activity that was an especially big hit with the kids? Let us know in the comments!


About the Author // Eliza Dropkin is the newest member of Vantigo. She enjoys live music, good food, and cruising around town in Jerry (the other newest member of Vantigo).


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