Exploratorium Museum of San Francisco – What you need to know

Leader in inspiring creativity in people of all ages

The Exploratorium is the global leader in inspiring creativity in people of all ages. Explore nearly 600 hands-on exhibits, and enjoy breathtaking views of the city and bay in the spectacular glass-and-steel Bay Observatory.

The Exploratorium Museum just underwent an extensive renovation and starting April 2013, the Museum found its new Home at Pier 15 right on the Bay! The Msueum now features an incredible all-glass-and-steel- Bay Observatory from where you can enjoy some of the most breathtaking views of the bay and city skyline!

The Exploratorium remain the global leader in informal learning, igniting curiosity and inspiring creativity in people of all ages. Explore nearly 600 hands-on exhibits, including 150 new experiences! Explore the environment with artworks, installations, and exhibits in the Outdoor Gallery.

Find out how we interpret our surroundings and interact with one another in the West Gallery. Experiment with the sights, sounds, and experiences of perception in the Central Gallery. Examine life at different scales—from tiny microbes to the interconnected ecosystems of the bay—in the East Gallery.

Map: Location and Admission

  • LOCATION: Pier 15, The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111, USA
  • HOURS: Tuesday- Monday 10AM–5PM - After Dark Tickets (Weekly Thursday Night Adult Hours 6PM-10PM $19.95)
  • ADMISSION:Adults(18–64) $29.95 - Seniors(65+) People with disabilities Teachers Students Youth (13–17) $24.95 - Youth(4–12) $19.95 - Children(3 & under) FREE - San Francisco CityPASS* Save up to 45%
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: Embarcadero BART, Muni stations, and ferry terminals at the Ferry Building 10 minute walk away.


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