Pier 15, San Francisco, CA 94111
(along the Embarcadero)
  • Tue – Sun: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Thursday evening: (18+ Only): 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Mon: Closed, except select
  • Monday holidays
(415) 528-4444
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General Admission Prices

Bay Area Residents (nine-county area) receive local rates.

  • Adults (18–64) $25
  • Youth (4–17) Teachers Students Seniors (65+) People with disabilities $19
  • Children 3 & under FREE

The Exploratorium is a museum of science, art and human perception founded in 1969. The Exploratorium's mission is to create a culture of learning through innovative environments, programs, and tools that help people nurture their curiosity about the world around them. 650 original interactive exhibits, displays, and artworks have been designed, prototyped, and built on site, with 400 currently on view.

In spring of 2013, Exploratorium  relocated to Pier 15-17. The new location offers 330,00 square feet of indoor and outdoor space for exhibits, classrooms and meeting rooms.

Be sure to check out the updated Tactile Dome.

Kanbar Forum

The Exploratorium is home to the Kanbar Forum, a 3,600 sq. ft. multidisciplinary theater space, fitted with a super deluxe acoustic system from Meyer Sound Laboratories, Inc. Because it has 100 speakers, all on different channels, artists and staff are able to change the space's acoustic properties at the push of a button. The auditorium can sound like a jazz club, a concert hall, or an auditorium at the Exploratorium. It is used for film screenings, After Dark events, live music, lectures, training sessions, and a variety of special events, including a series called Resonance, which explores the technology, culture, and perception of sound.

Artist-in-Residence Program

"Since its inception in 1974, the Exploratorium’s Artist-in-Residence Program Bay Area Residents GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS:

(AIR) has grown to include hundreds of artists and performers. The museum works with individuals and artist groups who are drawn to collaboration, interested in interdisciplinary dialogue, and open to developing new working methods. Projects have taken countless forms, such as multimedia performances, theatrical productions, animated filmmaking, immersive installations, walking tours, and online projects. The program allows for artists to embed within the unique culture of the institution, affords access to a dynamic and diverse staff, and provides opportunities for cross-pollination with a broad public. While the museum allows room for variance, residencies typically unfold over two years and include both an exploratory and project development phase."

Current Artists-in-Residence

  • Lucky Dragons
  • Nina Katchadourian
  • Zarouhie Abdalian

Notable Past Artists-in-Residence