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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 650 interactive exhibits in six spacious indoor and outdoor galleries. You’ll find the world-famous Tactile Dome, our one-of-a-kind stores, dining, and more at our beautiful San Francisco bayside location.

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Rated #1 museum in San Francisco.


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

Museum Hours

Exploratorium at Pier 15

Sunday (Daytime Members/Donors Only 10:00 am to Noon): 12:00 pm—5:00 pm
Monday: Closed
Tuesday—Saturday: 10:00 am—5:00 pm
Thursday (Ages 18+): 6:00 pm—10:00 pm


Seaglass Restaurant

Sunday: 11:00 am—4:00 pm
Monday: Closed
Tuesday—Friday: 11:00 am—3:00 pm
Thursday: 6:00 pm—9:30 pm
Saturday: 11:00 am—4:00 pm

Seismic Joint Café

Sunday: 10:00 am—5:00 pm
Monday: Closed
Tuesday—Friday: 9:00 am—3:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am—5:00 pm


Exploratorium Store

Sunday: 10:00 am—5:30 pm
Monday: Closed
Tuesday—Wednesday: 10:00 am—5:30 pm
Thursday: 10:00 am—10:30 pm
Friday—Saturday: 10:00 am—5:30 pm


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$17.95
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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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.

Members (Join us!)$12.95

Advance tickets can be purchased by phone for all sessions by calling 415.528.4444 (option 5) or on site at Ticketing and the Information Desk during open hours.

Please see Tactile Dome for more information.

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.

Sightseeing in San Francisco?

The Exploratorium participates in two bundled attraction pass programs which offer substantial savings.

CityPASS® tickets include Exploratorium admission, plus 3 more top SF attractions, in one simple purchase, at a 45% savings. Visit the attractions at your own pace, in any order, over a 9-day period.

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Save up to 50% on admission to the Exploratorium and the other top San Francisco attractions with a Go City® San Francisco Pass.

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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.

Getting to the Exploratorium


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