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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.

Purchasing Tickets

Reservations are required and advance tickets are strongly recommended. 


In addition to the cost of museum admission, Tactile Dome tickets are $15.95 and $12.95 for members. 

Buy Tickets by Phone

Call to Reserve: 415.528.4444 (option 5)

Buy Tickets On-site

Tickets can be purchased on-site at Ticketing and the Information Desk during open hours. 

Tickets are nonrefundable and nontransferable to another person, date, or time.


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.



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.


The Tactile Dome will be closed on the following dates:

  • April 29 - May 6, 2024
  • September 3 - 24, 2024

Check museum hours for other special dates.

Daytime Hours

10:15 a.m.
11:15 a.m.
12:15 p.m.
1:15 p.m.
2:15 p.m.
3:15 p.m.
4:15 p.m.

After Dark Hours

6:15 p.m.
7:00 p.m.
7:45 p.m.
8:30 p.m.
9:15 p.m.

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