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Exploratorium's iconic Tactile Dome to reopen July 15

Exploratorium's iconic Tactile Dome to reopen July 15

Visitors are invited to immerse themselves in total darkness for a unique sensory adventure

Tactile Dome

SAN FRANCISCO (July 12, 2023) – The Tactile Dome, the Exploratorium’s iconic and largest interactive exhibit, is reopening to the public on July 15, 2023. Visitors are invited to once again journey through total darkness, relying on their sense of touch to navigate the twists, turns, and textures inside the popular dome. 

“We are delighted to welcome visitors back to this unique exhibition after a three-year closure,” said Rachel Hyden, Director of Visitor Services. “The Tactile Dome embodies the type of playful learning experience that the Exploratorium is known for, and our staff has been busy preparing to host our curious and adventurous visitors.” 

Originally designed and built in 1971 by Dr. August F. Coppola, brother of filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola and father of actor Nicolas Cage, the Tactile Dome was redesigned and rebuilt for Pier 15 when the Exploratorium moved to its current waterfront location from the Palace of Fine Arts in 2013. 

The Exploratorium closed the Tactile Dome in early March 2020 as a precautionary measure during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The dome has since undergone ventilation upgrades and deep cleaning to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for visitors. 

Tickets for the Tactile Dome are 12.95 for members and 15.95 for general admission. Reservations are required and purchasing tickets in advance is strongly recommended. Visitors can purchase tickets on-site at the Ticketing or Information Desk during open hours, or by phone at 415-528- 4444 (option 5). For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/tactile-dome. 

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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