Creating the Campus
A Work in Progress

Video producer Elisabeth Spencer has been filming at Piers 15/17 since construction began. These clips provide glimpses into what will eventually become a feature-length documentary. To see other piers-related videos, please visit

The Fries Bridge Is Installed
The waters of San Francisco Bay are making a dramatic comeback as workers slowly remove a 1950s-era paved deck from between Piers 15 and 17 on the historic Embarcadero, at the site of the Exploratorium’s new home. In early November 2011, the east bridge, dedicated to the Fries family by San Francisco philanthropist Bill Fries, was put in place, connecting the terrace of the new Pier 15 Bay Observatory building to the adjacent side of Pier 17. When the museum opens in the spring of 2013, this bridge will offer prime views of the city and the bay.
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