San Francisco, CA 94111
Days and Hours Of Operation
Tues–Sun 10am–5pm, Thurs 6pm–10pm for ages 18+, closed Mondays
The Exploratorium is now at Pier 15 along the Embarcadero! Some call it a mad scientist's playpen. Others say it's the wildest art show in town. Either way, the Exploratorium is like no place you've been before.
Expand your mind and ignite your imagination with interactive exhibits, experiments, and experiences. You can blow bubbles, turn knobs, build bridges, push buttons, connect wires, create images, flip switches, make rainbows, make patterns in sand and smoke, and catch shadows.
The Tactile Dome: Surround yourself with amazing textures as you climb, crawl, and slide through a pitch dark labyrinth. There is an additional charge, and the Tactile Dome can be reserved for parties. Advance reservations recommended; call (415) 561-0362.
The Exploratorium has an outstanding film program. Films are chosen in conjunction with exhibits and events and often, the filmmakers are involved and attend the screenings. Films are free with museum admission.
Stop by the the Tinkering Studio to slow down, become deeply engaged in an investigation of scientific phenomena, and make something.
Sign up the brood for Family Investigation workshops for cow's eye and heart dissections and other hands-on explorations. This is for families with children ages 7 and up. Limited to 2 children per adult.
The Girls Science Institute offers multi-day workshops in various scientific disciplines for girls ages 9 to 11. Hands-on activities model the work of women who made significant historical contributions to their fields.
Day camps allow kids ages 5 to 14 to use a mix of science activities, art projects, group games, and exploration of exhibit collections. Camps are offered during the summer and on school holidays throughout the year.
2014 Two-week Summer Camp Sessions:
Dates: Session 1: July 21–August 1; Session 2: August 18–August 29
Ages: 7 to 10
Days/Times: Monday through Friday, 9:30 am–4:30pm
Cost: $745 (members)–$925 (non-members) per two-week session. Extended care included.
2014 Out and About Camp Sessions:
Dates: June 2–June 5; June 9–June 14; June 16–June 20; June 23–June 27; July 7–July 10; July 14–July 18; August 4–August 8
Ages: 11 to 14
Days/Times: Monday through Friday, 9:30am–4:30pm
Cost: $390 (members)–$475 (non-members) per week
2014 Girls Science Institute Camp Sessions:
Dates: April 14–April 18; June 16–20; June 23–27
Ages: 10 to 12
Days/Times: Monday through Friday
Cost: $365 (members)–$450 (non-members) per week
$20–$25 per adult, $15–$19 ages 4 to 17 and teachers/students/seniors. Children 3 and under, Members, and California Public School Teachers are FREE.
English, Spanish, Cantonese
Difficult street parking. Paid lots available nearby.
Muni: F Market, 2, 6, 14, 21, 31
*Specialty classes are offered to members only. If you already are a member and don't know about these classes, sign up for the Exploratorium's member newsletter that announces all the special programs.
*Members can have birthday parties at the Exploratorium. The Tactile Dome birthday party feature is immensely popular. Book early!
*The Exploratorium is fully wheelchair accessible.