Exploratorium Tours and Tickets

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San Francisco’s Exploratorium is more than a museum—it’s one giant laboratory. Perched on the downtown waterfront at Pier 15, the Exploratorium brings together science, art, and human perception through interactive, science-based experiences. The Exploratorium is wholly hands-on, with nearly every surface designed to be touched, played on, and engaged with.

  • Pier 15, Embarcadero, San Francisco, California, 94111

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Michelle_J, Aug 2023
Fun for a 19yo sister and a 12yo brother to do together.
There are six sections inside and a play area outside. I would plan to spend a minimum of 30-45 minutes in each section.
Marcela_M, May 2023
Exploration & Discovery
My grandson (4yrs) especially enjoyed the “hands-on” activities! I loved the tolerant attitude of all parents/adults. Great time for teaching about respect for others, sharing and “waiting your turn”.
Richard_P, Oct 2022
A great experience for children and adults.
An incredible experience for children and adults into the science of chemistry, physics, and the world around us. The exhibits explain complex information with hands-on experiences and active learning.
Monica_M, Apr 2022
Always something new to learn
My daughter had never been to the Exploratorium. My son had so much fun showing her his favorite things. They had fun experiencing the new exhibits.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q:Should I book Exploratorium tickets in advance?
We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Exploratorium can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
Q:How much does it cost to visit Exploratorium 2024?
Currently, an entrance ticket to Exploratorium costs USD 39.95. Guided Exploratorium tours start around USD 39.95 per person.
People Also Ask
Q:How long do you spend at the Exploratorium in San Francisco?
A:Plan to spend at least 3–4 hours viewing the exhibits at the Exploratorium—and longer to take part in workshops or other planned activities. The Exploratorium has six main galleries full of interactive exhibits and other attractions like the Tactile Dome—it's easy to spend half a day here, especially with kids.
Q:Is the Exploratorium accessible?
A:Yes, with an accessible entrance, parking lot, and restrooms, the Exploratorium is wheelchair accessible. Visitors can use available wheelchairs for free with an ID deposit. In addition, the Exploratorium offers tours and tactile maps for people who are blind or have impaired vision—you can pick them up at the Information Desk.
Q:What should I wear to the Exploratorium?
A:When visiting the Exploratorium, comfortable walking shoes are essential—the museum campus covers more than 3 acres (1.2 hectares) and requires lots of walking to explore. Otherwise, follow the rules of thumb for visiting San Francisco: Wear layers and prepare for fog and chilly weather no matter the time of year.
Q:Can you bring food to the Exploratorium?
A:Yes, you can bring food into the Exploratorium in San Francisco. But remember that guests are encouraged to eat in designated eating areas outdoors. The Exploratorium also has two dining areas, the Seismic Joint Cafe and the Seaglass Restaurant, which offer kid-friendly food options.
Q:Can you take photos in the Exploratorium?
A:Yes, you can take photos and videos in the Exploratorium, as long as they are informal and for your personal use—you cannot publish or use them for any commercial purpose. The Exploratorium also asks that you make an effort to not disrupt the experience of other visitors while taking photos.
Q:Is there parking at the Exploratorium?
A:While there isn't direct on-site parking at the Exploratorium, the museum offers discounted parking at the Exploratorium Pier 15 Parking Lot across the Embarcadero, where the flat rate parking fee is US$15-20—the entrance is on Front Street. Metered parking is available along the Embarcadero and on side streets.