To make a reservation, please call (415) 528-4444 (select option 5), or make a reservation on site. Please note: Advance reservations are strongly recommended due to limited capacity and high demand. Tickets are nonrefundable and nontransferable to another person, date, or time.
NOTE: The Tactile Dome will be closed Tuesday, September 6–Friday, September 30 for maintenance.
Dome sessions begin at 10:15 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 3:30 p.m., and 4:45 p.m. on weekends.
On weekdays when the museum is open, we have discounted half-hour Field Trip/Early Bird sessions that begin at 10:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 12:45 p.m., and 1:30 p.m., and regularly priced afternoon hourlong sessions that begin at 2:15 p.m., 3:30 p.m., and 4:45 p.m.
We have sessions on select Saturday evenings at 6:15 and 7:30 p.m. (see below for upcoming dates).
Special summer hours: We are open every Friday night with sessions at 6:15, 7:30, and 8:45 p.m.
The Dome is also operated on a drop-in basis during adult-only After Dark events; tickets for these events are sold on site only on a first-come, first-served basis.
In addition to the cost of admission, Tactile Dome visits are:
• $12 for members and $15 for nonmembers for one-hour daytime excursions and on select Friday and Saturday evenings
• $8 for members and nonmembers for 30-minute Field Trip/Early Bird weekday excursions starting from 10:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
• $10 for members and nonmembers for one-hour excursions at After Dark
Due to the nature of this experience, certain restrictions apply. Children must be at least seven years old to participate. Guests who are afraid of the dark; claustrophobic; have back, neck, or knee injuries; or are in their third trimester of pregnancy should not participate. Guests wearing casts are prohibited. Also, please wear comfortable clothes.
The Tactile Dome provides a unique perceptual experience as you travel through a series of various textures in total darkness. A portion of the Tactile Dome is wheelchair accessible. Traversing the entire exhibit requires the ability to crawl, climb, and slide. Visitors with adequate upper-body strength to perform those moves are welcome to enjoy the full experience. Sign language interpreters or other necessary attendants are admitted free of charge, but advance notice must be given if they accompany a party.