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.
- Celebrate 50 Years of the Exploratorium
2019 kicks off 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.
- 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.
- 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 as you walk along the Embarcadero.
- An Iconic San Francisco Attraction
Touch, tinker, and play with more than 650 hands-on exhibits at the Exploratorium, and enjoy uninterrupted exploration. The museum's immersive art installations, live demonstrations, interactive exhibits and outdoor views of the Bay will spark your curiosity and have you discovering why the Exploratorium is an iconic attraction in San Francisco.