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Climate Science at the Exploratorium

Climate Science at the Exploratorium

Fisher Bay Observatory, Exploratorium


Our location on Pier 15 along the Embarcadero gives us a unique platform to investigate the history, environment, and changing ecosystems of San Francisco Bay, as well as human impact on climate. We strive to ask questions, understand the world around us, and share information with the public through interdisciplinary partnerships and by co-creating with communities. Our robust collection of programs, exhibits, and online learning experiences are designed to give visitors, educators, and policy-makers the tools they need to inspire curiosity and understand the scientific processes by which we research our changing environment.

Upcoming Events


Street car in front of Pier 15
Sunday, September 15–Saturday, September 21, 2019

Join us to envision the present and future of sustainable transportation. This special week of solutions-focused programs asks: how can we make getting around our cities enjoyable, equitable, and emissions-free?

Program at the Fisher Bay Observatory, Exploratorium

Environmental Programs, Partnerships, & Conversations at the Exploratorium

We convene scientists, artists, policy-makers, and the public to discover and explore our world together. Through conversations about landscape and resilience, live ship-chats with scientists crossing the arctic, and discussions of the practices and tools scientists use to understand our world, our programs and events empower communities by forging connections and creating the space for interdisciplinary innovation and dialogue.

Chris Flink
“Accurate scientific research and policy decisions are crucial to advance strategies and actions for addressing climate change, but these things do not exist in a vacuum. The other crucial element—the place where a museum of science, art, and human perception can have enormous impact—lies in the public’s ability to understand the processes of scientific observation, to engage with the tools and methods used to gather information, and to feel the thrill of inquiry firsthand. When people experience the difference between a fact and a statement, they become activated learners.”
Chris Flink, Sakurako and William Fisher Executive Director

Solar panels at the Exploratorium

Sustainable Building Systems on Pier 15

In 2013, our home on Pier 15 in San Francisco was awarded a LEED® Platinum rating for Building Design and Construction (BD+C). Since then, we’ve won numerous awards for maintaining the highest standards of sustainable architecture and design, striving to become the largest net-zero energy use museum in the U.S., and for our ability to turn our historic sustainable building into a chance for the public to engage with sustainable building systems.

2018 Sustainable Building Fact Sheet 

Sustainable Building Awards 

Sustainability: The Exploratorium as Exhibit 

Experts on Sustainable Building Systems 

Fog Bridge #72494 by Fujiko Nakaya, Exploratorium

Art as Inquiry: Opening Portals to Climate Engagement

We believe that artists have an important role to play in public engagement with climate change. We bring together artists and scientists to explore and interpret scientific data and methodology, and to create experiences for the public that encourage understanding, investigation, and a sense of personal connection to human impact on the environment.


Family at Plankton Populations exhibit, Exploratorium

Environmental Galleries & Exhibits at Pier 15

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About the Exploratorium

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The Exploratorium is a portal to the astonishing scientific phenomena that animate our world and shape our actions. We create extraordinary learning experiences that ignite curiosity, upend perceptions, and inspire brave leaps forward. Since 1969, the Exploratorium’s museum in San Francisco has been home to a renowned collection of exhibits that draw together science, art, and human perception, and that have changed the way science is taught. Our award-winning programs provide a forum for the public to engage with artists, scientists, policymakers, educators, and tinkerers to explore the world around them. We celebrate diversity of thought, inspired investigation, and collaboration across all boundaries.

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