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Pier 15, The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94111

Sat.–Thu.: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Thur. Evening (18+): 6–10 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m.–10 p.m.

Public Transit:
BART: Embarcadero Station

SF Muni Bus 2 Clement
SF Muni Bus 6 Haight/Parnassus
SF Muni Bus 14 Mission
SF Muni Bus 21 Hayes
SF Muni Bus 31 Balboa

F Market Streetcar
J Church Muni Metro Streetcar
KT Ingleside/Third Street Muni Metro Streetcar
L Taraval Muni Metro Streetcar
M Ocean View Muni Metro Streetcar
N Judah Muni Metro Streetcar

Metered parking on Embarcadero and side streets
Nearby Parking Garages available


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 600 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.


  • Buckyball at the Exploratorium
    Buckyball, a towering 25-foot illuminated sculpture that features two nested, geodesic spheres, will be on display through the Exploratorium at Pier 15 from through Feb. 26, 2017. Inspired by the shape explored by futurist and inventor Buckminster Fuller, Buckyball is the creation of New York-based artist Leo Villareal, celebrated in San Francisco for his monumental public sculpture The Bay Lights.
  • 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 600+ 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 600 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.


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