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Engage your senses and delve into a world of discovery at San Francisco’s Exploratorium! With a fantastic new location on Pier 15 overlooking San Francisco Bay, the revamped museum offers more than 650 interactive exhibits that the whole family will love. Explore the amazing realms of physics, anatomy, emotions and Earth’s ecosystems through hands-on displays that will delight and inform visitors of all ages. With mobile tickets, skip the line and simply scan your phone for direct entry in the Exploratorium!
  • Skip the line! With your mobile ticket, simply scan your phone for direct entry to San Francisco's Exploratorium
  • Spend a day with the whole family at this enthralling hands-on museum
  • Enjoy more than 650 fun, immersive, interactive exhibits that engage all the senses for visitors of all ages
  • Learn about physics, music, art, biology, ecosystems and much, much more
  • Conveniently located at Pier 15 between the Ferry Building and Fisherman’s Wharf/Pier 39

Inclusions & Exclusions


  • Skip-the-line admission to the Exploratorium


  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Tactile Dome experience
  • Viator ticket purchases cannot be applied to an annual membership at the museum.

Departure & Return

Departure Point

Pier 15 along the Embarcadero

Departure Time

Museum Hours

Tuesday–Sunday (All Ages)

10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Thursday Evenings (Ages 18+)

6:00–10:00 p.m.


Closed except select Monday holidays

What To Expect

Kids and adults both will love the all new Exploratorium in San Francisco! Recently reopened in a brand-new building, this favorite family attraction boasts a convenient new location along the Embarcadero waterfront, between Fisherman’s Wharf and the Ferry Building. Enjoy the vibrant bayside energy of Pier 15, and then head inside the discovery museum with your all-day general admission ticket.

Explore at your own pace on a self-guided experience through more than 650 exhibits spread across five different galleries, including an open air-space outside and many brand-new features. Isolate the senses at the Seeing and Listening gallery, and discover the inner workings of the brain in the Human Phenomena space. 

Get creative by building mechanical contraptions in the Tinkering gallery, and investigate Earth’s amazing eco-systems at the Living Systems area. Learn about the natural and human forces that shape the unique San Francisco Bay Area in an outdoor discovery space, and take in sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay and new Bay Bridge at the Bay Observatory Gallery. 

See Itinerary below for a more complete description of the Exploratorium’s multi-sensory galleries.


Exploratorium Galleries

Central Gallery: Seeing and Listening
Experiment with light and vision, sound and hearing, and motion and spatial perception. Our eyes and ears respond to light and sound waves, but these are just the first steps in perceiving the world. Playing with light and sound is the best way to learn how they work, and investigating real phenomena can also give you a deeper understanding of the scientific process.

West Gallery: Human Phenomena
Experiment with thoughts, feelings and social behavior to see how humans think, feel and interact. Here, you and others are the exhibit, so play with social interactions, observe others and contribute your reflections.

South Gallery: Tinkering

Think with your hands! Making things and developing ideas by hand helps us construct understanding. So slow down, settle in and make something personally meaningful, from playful contraptions to surprising connections between mechanical systems and natural phenomena.

East Gallery: Living Systems

Sometimes life is hard to observe, because it’s too tiny or fast or is hidden underground or in the ocean. Here, investigate the living world to discover what you’ve been missing! Use scientific tools to investigate living things of different sizes, the ecosystems they inhabit and the processes they share.

North Gallery: Outdoor Exhibits

Open your senses to this place by the Bay! Investigate forces shaping the city of San Francisco, San Francisco Bay and the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Watch shifting winds and tides, reveal hidden life, walk across the Fog Bridge, observe human behavior, and find new ways to notice the places we inhabit.

Bay Observatory Gallery: Landscape Observation
See how natural and human forces interact to create the dynamic landscape surrounding us. Learn to uncover the stories embedded in a place by directly observing the geography, history and ecology of the San Francisco Bay region. The Observatory Gallery also offers incredible views of the Bay and the Bay Bridge!

Temporary Special Exhibitions
During the summer and winter holidays, the Exploratorium showcases dynamic temporary exhibitions—ensuring visitors always have something new and exciting to experience in addition to our more than 650 hands-on exhibits, programs and annual events. These temporary exhibitions have featured colossal art installations, social experiments and more.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Free admission for children ages 3 and under
  • All exhibition spaces, stores, dining areas, and all public restrooms are wheelchair and stroller accessible.
  • A limited number of wheelchairs and strollers are available for loan, free of charge. They are located at the Info Desk on a first-come first-serve basis.
  • Guide dogs and other certified assistance animals are welcome
  • Tactile maps for blind and visually impaired visitors are available upon request.
  • Coin-operated lockers are located just past Ticketing and the Info desk
  • Complimentary museum maps are available in English, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, French, German, Portuguese, Korean, and Japanese.

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


Viator Traveler's Reviews

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, Mar 2018

This is a fun place to explore. Make sure you check out the view from the second floor balcony. If you get a chance to do the tactile dome, DO IT! If you prefer not to hang out with running screaming kids then pick the nighttime event.

, Aug 2017

Fantastic...this is amazing for kids of all ages. Bought tickets for 2 adults and 3 children...arrived to find it closed and was upset to be out over $100. The voucher said no refunds. Called Viator that night,they changed ticket to next day!! I was beyond impressed and thrilled. Always use Vistor!

, Feb 2017

Amazing for Kids. So so for adults.

If I was an energetic kid this would be a feast for the 5 senses. Through no fault of the attraction, it wasn't for an adult like me.
If you do visit, make sure you visit the end of the museum section 5 or 6 where the observatory is, very beautiful view of the water.

, Nov 2016

This place is great for small children and the cafe had a lot of healthy choices that my daughter enjoyed. One word of warning if you buy your tickets on viator you CANNOT use it to upgrade to an annual membership. Wish I had known this before I purchased!

, Jun 2016

Get there early and bring some snacks. You and your kids are going to want to do everything. I have 2 kids and they wanted to see, touch and read everything. Its a must do when visiting San Francisco. This is a great place to kill some time if you have a day to spare.

, Apr 2016

Spectacular experience. Worth doing in any sort of group you are part of. Family, friends, kids, everyone has someting or a lot positive to take out of this. Super well invested time and money.

, Jul 2015

This museum is incredible. The exhibits are interactive, engaging, informational and fun for all ages. It is clean, spacious and easy to spend hours there.mthis is a must for adults and children. I would visit again as too many things to experience in one visit.

, Jan 2015

I absolutely loved all the displays at the Exploratorium. This is not just for kids, there are plenty of exhibits that could keep you curious and entertained for days. Loved it!

, Aug 2014

The Exploratorium is really great, for all ages. we (dad, mom, 8yo) enjoyed it so much ! you need to be early, as in the afternoon it tends to get crowdy. Our son really liked the electricity experiments and the buid-your-own stop motion movie.

, Aug 2014

Highly entertaining for young to old.

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