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Getting Here

It's easy to get to Pier 15 on the Embarcadero by transit, car, or bike.

Pier 15 (Embarcadero at Green St)
San Francisco, CA 94111
415.528.4444

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Public Transit

Some transit services have been temporarily suspended or the hours and/or frequency of operations have changed. Please check with the transportation providers’ websites for current information.

  • Muni’s F Market streetcar stops in front of the Exploratorium at Embarcadero and Green Street.
  • Muni’s E Embarcadero streetcar also stops in front of the Exploratorium (please note that it runs from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. only).
  • Muni bus lines 2, 6, 14, 21, 31, and metro rail lines J, K, L, M, T, N stop within walking distance. Bus lines 1, 10, 12, 41, and 38 also stop in the vicinity.
  • Embarcadero BARTMuni stations, and ferry terminals at the Ferry Building are all a 10- to 15-minute walk away.

  • The Embarcadero BART station is a 10- to 15-minute walk away.
  • Numerous AC Transit lines terminate at the Transbay Temporary Terminal, a 20-minute walk away.
  • The San Francisco Bay Ferry departs from Alameda Main Street, Harbor Bay, and Jack London Square in Oakland and arrives at the Ferry Building, a 10-minute walk away.
  • Tideline is a Port of San Francisco water transportation service offering loops, cruises, and private charters around the Bay.

  • Golden Gate Transit bus lines 10, 70, 80, 101, and 101x terminate at the Transbay Temporary Terminal, a 20-minute walk away.
  • Golden Gate Ferry offers ferry service from Larkspur and Sausalito and arrives at the Ferry Building, a 10-minute walk away.
  • Blue and Gold Fleet offers ferry service from Tiburon and Sausalito and arrives at the Ferry Building, a 10-minute walk away.
  • The San Francisco Bay Ferry provides service from Vallejo and arrives at the Ferry Building, a 10-minute walk away.
  • Tideline is a Port of San Francisco water transportation service offering loops, cruises, and private charters around the Bay.

  • All BART lines stop at the Embarcadero Station, a 10- to 15-minute walk north along the Embarcadero to Pier 15.
  • Take Caltrain to the San Francisco station at Fourth and King streets, then transfer to Muni Metro Lines N or T. Exit at Embarcadero station, a 10- to 15-minute walk from the Exploratorium.
  • SamTrans route 292 (weekday and weekend) to the Temporary Transbay Terminal, a 20-minute walk away.
  • The San Francisco Bay Ferry departs from the South San Francisco/Oyster Point ferry terminal (Wednesdays and Fridays only) and arrives at the Ferry Building, a 10-minute walk away.

  • Take the Capitol Corridor train to Richmond. Transfer to BART toward San Francisco, and get off at the Embarcadero station, a 10- to 15-minute walk from the Exploratorium.
  • Take the Capitol Corridor train with bus connection to San Francisco. Disembark the train in Emeryville, and take the connecting bus to the Financial District/Hyatt stop, at the corner of California and Drumm streets, a 10- to 15-minute walk from the Exploratorium.
  • Take the Capitol Corridor train to Oakland's Jack London Square. Take a 10-minute walk through Jack London Square to the San Francisco Bay Ferry. Ride the ferry across the Bay to the Ferry Building, a 10-minute walk from the Exploratorium.

Parking

The museum partners with SP+ to offer a discount at the Exploratorium Pier 15 Parking Lot with the following discount code: 

4302100

You can purchase discounted parking at both lots in one of two ways:

  1. Scan the QR code at the kiosk and pay via your phone using code 4302100.
  2. Pay at a ticket kiosk in the parking lot. Enter the discount code 4302100 at the kiosk.

Please Note:
Lots are not owned or operated by the Exploratorium. All parking is subject to availability. Please check hours of operation and rates directly with the lots. As in other urban areas, it is very important to remove all valuables from your vehicle, including the trunk. Don’t tempt a thief by leaving cell phones, sunglasses, luggage, shopping bags, passports or other items in your car. The Exploratorium offers coin-operated lockers just past the ticket scanning station (small) and outside the Information Desk (large). Small lockers are 10"w x 14"h x 14"d; large lockers are 23.5"w x 29"h x 23"d. 


Metered Parking

Metered parking is available along the Embarcadero and on side streets.

Loading Zone

There is a white-curbed loading zone on the Embarcadero just south of the museum where you can drop people off or pick them up.

Thank You

The Exploratorium is grateful to SP+ for offering special parking discounts to museum guests.

Exploratorium Pier 15 Parking Lot

Open 24/7, entrance on Front Street

Use discount code 4302100 and receive below rates:

Dates & TimesRate
October–February$15 flat rate
March–September (peak season)$15 for 3 hours
$20 all day
Evening rate (after 4 p.m., year-round)$10

Biking


There are ample public bike racks on site as well as Public Bike Work Stations for a quick fix on the South apron of Pier 15 and in front of Pier 17.

San Francisco Bike Map