The Exploratorium is more than a museum; it’s an ongoing exploration of science, art, and human perception. Visitors of all ages can step inside a tornado, turn upside down in a giant curved mirror, walk on a fog bridge, and explore more than 650 hands-on exhibits. See for yourself why the Exploratorium is rated the #1 Museum in San Francisco!

Entrance to Exploratorium
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Pier 15 San Francisco, CA 94111

Hours of Operation

10:00am - 5:00pm CLOSED MONDAY

Know before you go

- Complimentary museum maps are available in English, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Japanese, Korean, French, German, and Portuguese.
- The Exploratorium is fully wheelchair accessible and can also lend a limited number of wheelchairs to visitors who need them. Tactile maps for blind and visually impaired visitors are available upon request at the Information Desk after you enter the museum.


The Exploratorium is the most experimental museum in the world—the only place in San Francisco where visitors can touch, tinker and play with more than 650 hands-on exhibits. From large-scale outdoor art installations to explorations of microscopic life in the Bay, we embrace the wild wonder at the intersection of science and art. We’re a learning laboratory for all ages, and the best place to truly immerse yourself in San Francisco’s independent, innovative culture.

Visitors can also take an interactive excursion through total darkness in our famous Tactile Dome. Crawl, slide, and bump your way through the pitch-dark Dome using your sense of touch as your only guide through its chambers and mazes. Reservations are required.

Exploratorium location provides stunning views of downtown and the San Francisco Bay. Conveniently located between the historic Ferry Building and Pier 39, we are a short distance from any of these popular attractions: Fisherman’s Wharf, the Alcatraz ferries, Chinatown, and AT&T Park.

Founded in 1969 by the physicist Dr. Frank Oppenheimer, the Exploratorium is dedicated to teaching science through hands-on exhibits. Many of its exhibits are created by visual and performing artists as well as scientists and educators. Exhibit designs that have been created at the Exploratorium often are duplicated for other science museums worldwide. Some exhibits, of course, can't be duplicated, such as the off-site Wave Organ, a unique sonic experience located on a nearby point of land jutting into San Francisco Bay.

See for yourself why the Exploratorium is rated the #1 Museum in San Francisco!

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