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. 8 through Jan. 20, "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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.