Described as a mad scientist's penny arcade, a scientific funhouse, and an experimental laboratory all rolled into one, the Exploratorium is regarded as the world’s foremost interactive science museum. With more than 650 hands-on exhibits that ignite curiosity and transform the way people learn, visitors of all ages can play, observe, and discover. Visit the Exploratorium at Pier 15 during the daytime or on an adults-only Thursday evening to expand your mind and soak in San Francisco Bay and cityscape views.
- Curious Contraptions Returns
On view Nov. 16 through Jan. 28, "Curious Contraptions" returns to the Exploratorium, an interactive exhibit featuring more than 30 charming and often playful sculptures known as automata. Work by artists such as Carlos Zapata, Paul Spooner and Keith Newstead, amongst others, will be included.
- Leo Villareal's Buckyball
More than 4,500 LED nodes illuminate the pentagonal and hexagonal structures of Buckyball, a 25-foot sculpture located outside the front entrance to the Exploratorium. Inspired by the work of inventor Buckminster Fuller, Buckyball is free to visit through February 2018.
- After Dark Thursdays at the Exploratorium
Every Thursday, The Exploratorium keeps the doors open past its regular 5 p.m. closing to host After Dark events. Visitors can enjoy an array of unique programs and can experience the museum's 650-plus hands-on exhibits in an adults-only environment.
- Eight Reasons to Love the Exploratorium
More than one million people have visited the Exploratorium since its move to the San Francisco waterfront, to touch, tinker and play with more than 650 interactive exhibits. From hands-on activities to scenic city views, here are eight reasons why the Exploratorium remains one of the city's favorite attractions and a must-see stop for children and adults alike along the Embarcadero.