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Visit the Tactile Dome

Tactile Dome
Visit the Tactile Dome

Journey through total darkness in this twisting, turning, tactile sculpture. Walk, crawl, climb, and slide your way through a wonderland of textures using only your sense of touch as a guide.

Experience the Tactile Dome
Experience the Tactile Dome
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Awaken Your Sense of Smell
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Explore Your Sense of Touch
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Discover Your Sense of Adventure

Important to Note Before Your Visit

Due to the nature of this experience, certain restrictions apply. Children must be at least seven years old to participate. Guests who are afraid of the dark; claustrophobic; have back, neck, or knee injuries; or are in their third trimester of pregnancy should not participate. Guests wearing casts are prohibited. Also, please wear comfortable clothes.

Purchasing Tickets

Reservations are required and advance tickets are strongly recommended.

*This excludes our 7:45, 8:30, and 9:15 p.m. After Dark sessions.

Buy Tickets Online

Some sessions are now available online. General admission tickets are required for all but our Friday and Saturday evening sessions.

Buy Tickets by Phone

More sessions are available, just call us. See the full list of Tactile Dome Hours.

Call to Reserve: (415) 528-4444

Cost & Hours

In addition to the cost of museum admission, Tactile Dome visits are $8–$15 depending on the session time and length.

Weekdays during the school year

30 Minute Sessions: $8

10:30 a.m.
11:15 a.m.
12:45 p.m.
1:30 p.m.

Weekdays during the school year

1 Hour Sessions: $15
Members pay $12

2:15 p.m.
3:30 p.m.
4:45 p.m.

Weekend, Holiday, Winter and Summer Break

1 Hour Sessions: $15
Members pay $12

10:15 a.m.
11:30 a.m.
12:45 p.m.

Thursday Evening After Dark (Ages 18+)

30 Minutes Sessions: $10

6:15 p.m.
7:00 p.m.

7:45 p.m.
8:30 p.m.
9:15 p.m.

Friday and Saturday Evening

1 Hour Sessions: $15
Members pay $12

6:15 p.m.
7:30 p.m.


The Tactile Dome provides a unique perceptual experience as you travel through a series of various textures in total darkness. A portion of the Tactile Dome is wheelchair accessible. Traversing the entire exhibit requires the ability to crawl, climb, and slide. Visitors with adequate upper-body strength to perform those moves are welcome to enjoy the full experience. Sign language interpreters or other necessary attendants are admitted free of charge, but advance notice must be given if they accompany a party.