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Work at the Exploratorium

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Work at the Exploratorium

Dig deeper and we think you'll discover that this is a wonderful place to work.

Join Our Team and Make a Difference

At the Exploratorium, we’re passionate about curiosity-driven learning, science, and art. We create extraordinary exhibits, projects, programs, and events that ignite curiosity and cultivate the confidence that sparks enthusiastic exploration, original thinking, and brave leaps forward. It’s important, life-changing work and we’re proud to be doing it.

We're also inspired by our colleagues, who are innovative, quirky, talented, interested and interesting people.

Dive in and discover what it's like to be part of our team. We hope to see you soon at one of our staff gatherings.

What We Do

Employee Benefits

Working here comes with lots of benefits—in addition to working at a spectacular location.

Health and Well Being
  • Health, dental, and vision plans 
  • A Health Savings Account (HSA) 
  • An Employee Assistance Plan
  • A Flexible Savings Account (FSA) 
  • A 529 college savings plan 
  • Employer contributions to a 403(b) plan 
  • Life insurance
  • Free admission to our amazing events 
  • Tasty talks or films at lunchtime 
  • Well-behaved dogs are welcome 
  • Discounts at the onsite Stores, restaurant, and café
Vacation and Sick Time
  • Generous vacation time 
  • Paid holidays and sick leave

Our Community

When you work at the Exploratorium, you become part of a forward-thinking, collaborative, and creative community.


“You learn something new here every day! Our community is so interesting, creative, and innovative. It keeps work fun and exciting.”

—Marcus, Public Programs


“I love to help people connect with an inner sense of wonder. Using my creativity to that end sustains me and is one of the best things about working here."

—Denise, Exhibit Developer


 “Anything is possible! The Exploratorium is committed to creating thinkers and tinkerers and crosses the barriers of age, culture, religion, and race. #proudexplorer.” 

—Belinda, Accounting


 “It's a great feeling to be able to participate in the support of a institution that is making a concrete and positive difference in the way we educate ourselves and others.” 

—Chris, Information Technology


 “I love working here because of the people.” 

—Audrey, Operations


 “I'm constantly in awe of the creativity and dedication of my coworkers. And I’m proud to work at an institution that makes science and learning so joyful.” 

—Kseniya, Development


 “I love working here because there’s interesting, intellectually stimulating content, experiences, people, and opportunities.” 

—Steve, Exhibit Development and Production


 “I feel like myself here. I’m not afraid to fail, and people are supportive.” 

—Panda, Field Trip Explainer

Notice of Non-Discrimination

Exploratorium is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate with respect to employment, admission or access to Museum facilities, programs or activities on the basis of race (including traits historically associated with race, such as hair style and texture); religion; religious creed; color; national origin; ancestry; physical disability; mental disability; medical condition as defined by state law (cancer or genetic characteristics); genetic information; marital status; sex, gender; gender identity; gender expression; age; sexual orientation; denial of medical and family care leave, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, or military/veteran status; or any other protected category under applicable local, state, or federal law (Protected Characteristic). If special accommodations are needed in applying for a position, please call the Human Resources Department.

Inquiries or complaints regarding any form of harassment, discrimination or retaliation may be directed to Vanessa Avery, Director, Human Resources & Title IX Coordinator, at or (415) 528-4537.

Individuals should also be aware that the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (450 Golden Gate Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102, (800) 669-4000) and the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (1055 W. 7th St. Los Angeles CA 90017,, (213) 439-6799) investigate and prosecute complaints of prohibited harassment in employment.