Exploratorium – What You Need To Know BEFORE You Visit

(Last Updated On: May 10, 2023)

The Exploratorium is an allages gateway to exploration of science, art, and human perception located in the historic Pier 15 along San Francisco‘s Embarcadero.

It is an innovative and exciting museum that offers hundreds of interactive exhibits in six spacious indoor and outdoor galleries.

From living cells to cosmic rays, from bubbles to human behavior, from optical illusions to electricity, from playful machines to rainbows, the Exploratorium has something for everyone to discover and explore.

Exploratorium History

The Exploratorium opened in 1969 as a center for teaching and learning about science, art, and human perception.

It was founded by physicist and educator Dr. Frank Oppenheimer, and has since grown to become one of the worlds most renowned science museums.

It has welcomed over 50 million visitors from around the world, and continues to be a leader in innovative and inspiring exhibits, activities, and educational programs.

Exploratorium Key Information

Observe the open shop where exhibits are designed, built, and tinkered with

Thoughtful safety protocols for visitors and staff

Unique museum store

• Excellent dining • Beautiful San Francisco views

Easy to get to by public transportation

Ample parking nearby


  • Tamara M

    Hey there! My name is Tamara, welcome to my little world! I’m a 20-something-year-old from Toronto, Canada (though I’m rarely there) and I’m super passionate about exploring the world, photography, and cooking delicious plant-based recipes. I created this blog to share my favorite places, adventures, restaurants, accommodations, and travel tips with all of you and keep a bit of a travel diary for myself.

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