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Exploratorium Science Museum
NEW Location at Pier 15 opened April 2013

Exploratorium Museum at Pier 15 on Embarcadero

Hands-On Museum of Science, Art and Human Perception
The Exploratorium's spectacular new home on Pier 15 stretches 800 feet over San Francisco Bay. Opened on April 17, 2013, the museum is three times larger that its original building (formerly located at the Palace of Fine Arts) and features much more outdoor space, offering breathtaking views of S.F. Bay. The hands-on interactive Exploratorium Museum of Science, Art and Human Perception was designed for kids and the "kid in you"... it's a FUN place to explore when visiting San Francisco.

Exploratorium Bay Observatory overlooking San Francisco Bay

The Exploratorium features six main galleries:

  • West Gallery — Human Phenomena
  • South Gallery — Tinkering
  • Central Gallery — Seeing and Listening
  • East Gallery — Living Systems
  • Bay Observatory Gallery —Landscape Observation

Together, the galleries feature hundreds of interactive, explore-for-yourself exhibits, fun hands-on activities, interesting demos, talks, films, and performances by artists, scientists and educators. Be sure to visit the Bay Observatory Gallery (pictured above), featuring floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking beautiful San Francisco Bay, Treasure Island and the Oakland Bay Bridge.

Alana and Barry having fun with the mirror at Exploratorium in San Francisco

Bring out the kid in you at the Shadow Box exhibit where you can freeze your shadow on the wall. Or even better, head over to the Recollections exhibit or what we like to call the "Psychedelic Room" (watch video below) where you can create vivid, life-size, computer-generated images of yourself moving and dancing in psychedelic colors on the wall— it's a blast from the past!


Our Top 10 Favorite Things at the San Francisco Exploratorium


Exploratorium Show Box Exhibit

Exploratorium Seaglass Restaurant and Bar
Enjoy lunch at the Seaglass Restaurant — floor-to-ceiling windows provide diners with a spectacular bay view. Menu items include everything from sushi, shrimp and oysters, to pizza, tacos, quesadillas, Welsh rarebit, grilled chicken, fresh salads and sandwiches. The bar, located just inside the restaurant, is a fun place to enjoy a drink, people-watch and be entertained — its glass enclosed counter features a thin pool of blue-colored water with bubbling dry ice... unique and fun!

Seismic Joint Café
For lighter appetites (or a coffee), visitors can grab a quick bite at the Seismic Joint Café.

Exploratorium Store

Exploratorium Store
Visit the Exploratorium Store (pictured above) to shop for a variety of fun gifts. Open Tues 10am-5pm; Wed-Thurs 10am-10pm, Fri-Sun 10am-5pm.
Closed Mondays.

Fun Event Locations
Host a fun VIP Dinner, Cocktail Reception or Special Event at this picturesque San Francisco venue.

After Dark at the Exploratorium (First Thursdays of the Month)
After Dark programs at the Exploratorium showcases a different topic each month, plus film screenings, live performances, state-of-the-art technology, interactive exhibits, and a cash bar. Mingle with scientists, musicians, artists, designers and more. After Dark takes place on the first Thursday of each month at 6-10pm. Adults 18+ only.

Exploratorium Hours
Open Tues-Sun 10am-5pm; Wed evenings until 10pm
Thurs evenings adult-only (18+) 6-10pm

Closed Mondays (except certain holidays),
Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day

Area parking lots and metered street parking.

More Info and Admission Tickets

Our Top 10 Favorite Things at the San Francisco Exploratorium

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