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Pier 15, The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94111

Mon.: Closed, except select Monday holidays
Sat.–Thu.: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Thu. Evening (18+): 6–10 p.m.
Fri.: 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 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.


  • Holidays at the Exploratorium with Curious Contraptions
    On view Nov. 21 through Jan. 26, "Curious Contraptions" returns to the Exploratorium, an interactive exhibit featuring more than 30 charming and often playful sculptures known as automata. In this new holiday tradition, work by artists such as Carlos Zapata, Paul Spooner and Keith Newstead, amongst others, will be included.
  • Excite Your Holiday Atoms at Glow
    Exploratorium's annual festival of ebullient lights and subtle glows returns for the holiday season on Thursday, Dec. 5th. Bask in the mesmerizing gleams of interactive installations and kinetic sculptures, and celebrate the close of the year at After Dark's Glow: Festival of Lights.
  • Celebrate 50 Years of the Exploratorium
    2019 presents a year-long celebration as the iconic San Francisco science museum turns 50. Founded in 1969 as a place for guests to explore science, art, and human perception at their own pace, the Exploratorium is at the forefront of science education with more than 650 hands-on exhibits that ignite curiosity. Find a 50th-themed event and play, observe, and discover.
  • Find Your Perfect Shot at Exploratorium
    From the ultimate mirror selfie to colorful and prismatic exhibits, the Exploratorium has a bevvy of picturesque Instagram-ready spots. Grab your phone and find out why the Exploratorium is known as a favorite #nofilterneeded spot in San Francisco.


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