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Visit the Exploratorium at Pier 15

Visit the Exploratorium at Pier 15

Tinker, touch, test, experiment, notice, play!

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The Exploratorium is more than a museum—it’s a gateway to exploring science, art, and human perception with every visit. Let your curiosity roam through more than 600 interactive exhibits, many focused on noticing and observation, in six spacious indoor and outdoor galleries. You’ll find thoughtful safety protocols, our one-of-a-kind store, dining, and more at our beautiful San Francisco bayside location.

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Not a member yet? Join us and get free admission all year long!

Rated #1 museum in San Francisco.

Take your imagination out to play.


Museum, dining, and shopping hours vary on select days.

Museum Hours

Tuesday–Saturday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Thursday (Ages 18+): 6:00–10:00 p.m.
Sunday (Daytime Members/Donors Only): 10:00 a.m.–Noon
Sunday: Noon–5:00 p.m.
Monday: Closed except select days


Seaglass Restaurant

Daily with museum hours 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Thursday evenings: 6:00–9:30 p.m.

Seismic Joint Café
Daily with museum hours until 5:00 p.m.


Museum Store
Daily with museum hours until 5:30 p.m.
Thursday evenings until 10:30 p.m.

Although the Exploratorium is following all required safety protocols and procedures, we recognize that an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. You will be visiting at your own risk, and should use your judgment as to whether you are comfortable being in a public space. Some exhibits and other traditional Exploratorium offerings will be temporarily unavailable due to COVID-19 restrictions.


Adults (18–64)$39.95 
Youth (4–17)$29.95 
Seniors (65+), People with Disabilities, Teachers, Students$29.95 
Children (3 & under)FREE 
Members (Join us!)FREE 
California Public School Teachers

*Teachers: Apply for free admission


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Call to Buy: 415.528.4444

A membership makes it easier and more affordable for you and your family to connect with your curiosity (and each other) all year long, and pays for itself in as few as three visits.

Daytime member benefits include:

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Daytime Members$14.95
After Dark MembersFREE

Every Thursday 6:00–10:00 p.m., 18+ ONLY

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Call to Buy: 415.528.4444

All year long on Thursday nights, meet us at Pier 15 to unplug and play—ages 18+ only, no kids allowed. (You can still act like one, though.) Enjoy our 600+ interactive exhibits and an adventurous weekly lineup of art and science programming. Get inquisitive, grab a drink and a bite, and let the DJ set the vibe.

Your member benefits include:
  • Unlimited admission: Make the pier your playground at After Dark Thursday Nights (50+ per year)
  • Great savings: 10% discount on shopping and dining (excluding alcohol)
  • And more!

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We offer special rates for groups of 15 or more.

Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance.

Please see Plan a Group Visit for more information.

Getting Here

Pier 15 (Embarcadero at Green Street)
San Francisco, CA 94111
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It’s easy to get here:

By Bike
There are ample public bike racks on site.

By Public Transit
Just a 10-minute walk from the Embarcadero BART station

By Car
There are numerous parking garages and lots near the museum.

What Can You Expect?

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Masks and vaccinations are recommended.

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Exhibits and all public spaces are disinfected frequently.

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Handwashing and sanitizing stations are throughout the museum.

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If you're not feeling well, call 415.528.4407 and we can assist you with your tickets.

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The Tactile Dome is temporarily closed.

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100% fresh air is filtered through our HVAC MERV 14 system.


Check out our Frequently Asked Questions, contact Visitor Services at, or call 415.528.4407.

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