The Exploratorium is an eye-opening, playful place to explore how the world works. Our exhibits, experiences, tools, and projects ignite curiosity and lead to profound learning.
Learn about us
We will be open every day in July and August.
Learn how scientists study social interactions at the Science of Sharing exhibition.
Visit the exhibition
The Exploratorium is the global leader in informal education, igniting curiosity and inspiring creativity in people of all ages.
The Exploratorium has over 600 mind-opening exhibits to shake up your perceptions, spark your curiosity, and inspire your creativity.
Plan Your Visit
(Embarcadero @ Green St.)
San Francisco, CA 94111
Reserve a prepaid parking spot
Every Day: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Thursday Evening (18+): 6:00–10:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 6, 2015 • 6:00–10:00 p.m.
Experience tactile, auditory, taste, and visual illusions through a rich collection of exhibits, special installations, and one-night-only presentations.
Friday, August 7, 2015 • 6:00–9:00 p.m.
Mark your calendars now and join us for family fun as we celebrate two of our favorite things: summer and mysteries.
Saturday, August 8, 2015 • 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 p.m.
This eye-popping, mind-bending collection of shorts is sure to have an effect—and after effect—on your senses.
Saturday August 8, 2015 • 6:15 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
The museum closes at 5:00 p.m. today, but the after-hours interactive fun continues in our Tactile Dome. Take an interactive journey through total darkness during these special evening hours.
Sunday, August 9, 2015 • 1:30 p.m.
A series of live chat with scientists and educators on board the Exploration Vessel Nautilus, which is using an ROV to explore the ocean floor off the coasts of California and Canada.
The Exploratorium isn't just a museum; it's an ongoing exploration of science, art and human perception—a vast collection of online experiences that feed your curiosity.
Come out to play on the concrete slides at Seward Street Mini Park in the Castro. A series of speed tests guided by physicist Paul Doherty takes on the question asked by sliders everywhere: How can I go faster?
Learn how you too can enjoy our activities in your kitchen, garage, classroom, and community.
Explore eclectic, sonically cool videos and sound files—including Reggie Watts improvising in the Exploratorium's old Sound Column.
If you haven’t yet downloaded our free apps in our Uncovered series, then you’re in for a surprise—actually, loads of them.
Join In! Tag us on Instagram.
Pier 15(Embarcadero at Green Street)San Francisco, CA 94111(415) 528-4444
© 2015 Exploratorium
Sign up for our newsletter