Get the most from your Exploratorium visit with a guided, 45-minute tour of the museum. Specially trained staff share the history and philosophy of the Exploratorium, point out the unique features of our new Pier 15 home, and lead you on an in-depth exploration of one of our galleries.
Adult: $12.50 (Members $10)
Youth (17 and under): $10 (Members $8)
Note: General Admission is required for tour participants, and is not included in your tour ticket.
Reservations are highly recommended. Book online by selecting a tour below. For more information or to speak with someone directly, please call (415) 528-4444 (choose option 5 for reservations), or ask at the Ticketing desk.
To inquire about a private tour for your group, please contact the tours department at (415) 528-4585 or (415) 528-4586.
Museum Tours Available:
Most tours are available daily. See the full tour schedule.
Think with your hands as you explore and investigate exhibits that use familiar objects in new ways. The line between art and science is blurred when tinkerers are at work—or is it play?
Perception, Light, and Color
Take a deeper look into such classic Exploratorium exhibits such as Giant Mirror, Sun Painting, and Colored Shadows. We'll explain the physics of light and color and show you how your eyes and brain work together to inform—or fool—you.
Explore the beauty and diversity of the natural world close up as you examine a 7-ton chunk of a 330-year-old uprooted Douglas fir or peer at microscopic, wriggling plankton taken from the bay right outside our door. Tip: Look up for the Algae Chandelier!
The integration of art and science is one of the defining features of the Exploratorium. Discover how art and science work hand-in-hand to foster curiosity and high-level thinking as you explore iconic exhibits such as Tornado, Listening Vessels, Pinscreen, and Lariat Chain.
Watch sound waves in action as you stare into the Piano Strobe and the OscylinderScope, make beautiful music with friends on the Pentaphone and Pitch Slider, see if you can Out Quiet Yourself as you attempt to sneak across a trail of gravel, and hear the museum in a new way when you put your ear up to the Pipes of Pan. The exploration of vibration has never sounded so good!