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Pier 15, The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94111

Mon.: Closed, except select Monday holidays
Sat.–Thu.: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Thu. Evening (18+): 6–10 p.m.
Fri.: 10 a.m.–10 p.m.

Public Transit:
BART: Embarcadero Station

SF Muni Bus 2 Clement
SF Muni Bus 6 Haight/Parnassus
SF Muni Bus 14 Mission
SF Muni Bus 21 Hayes
SF Muni Bus 31 Balboa

F Market Streetcar
J Church Muni Metro Streetcar
KT Ingleside/Third Street Muni Metro Streetcar
L Taraval Muni Metro Streetcar
M Ocean View Muni Metro Streetcar
N Judah Muni Metro Streetcar

Metered parking on Embarcadero and side streets
Nearby Parking Garages available


Described as a mad scientist's penny arcade, a scientific funhouse, and an experimental laboratory all rolled into one, the Exploratorium is regarded as the world’s foremost interactive science museum. With more than 650 hands-on exhibits that ignite curiosity and transform the way people learn, visitors of all ages can play, observe, and discover. Visit the Exploratorium at Pier 15 during the daytime or on an adults-only Thursday evening to expand your mind and soak in San Francisco Bay and cityscape views.


  • An Iconic San Francisco Attraction
    Touch, tinker, and play with more than 650 hands-on exhibits at the Exploratorium, and enjoy uninterrupted exploration. The museum's immersive art installations, live demonstrations, interactive exhibits and outdoor views of the Bay will spark your curiosity and have you discovering why the Exploratorium is an iconic attraction in San Francisco.
  • After Dark Thursdays at the Exploratorium
    Every Thursday, The Exploratorium keeps the doors open past its regular 5 p.m. closing to host After Dark events. Visitors can enjoy an array of unique programs and can experience the museum's 650-plus hands-on exhibits in an adults-only environment.
  • Find Your Perfect Shot at Exploratorium
    From the ultimate mirror selfie to colorful and prismatic exhibits, the Exploratorium has a bevvy of picturesque Instagram-ready spots. Grab your phone and find out why the Exploratorium is known as a favorite #nofilterneeded spot in San Francisco.
  • Leo Villareal's Buckyball
    More than 4,500 LED nodes illuminate the pentagonal and hexagonal structures of Buckyball, a 25-foot sculpture located outside the front entrance to the Exploratorium. Inspired by the work of inventor Buckminster Fuller, Buckyball is free to visit as you walk along the Embarcadero.