As the San Francisco Bay Area continues to move forward in the reopening process, the safety and security of our residents and visitors remain our top priority. As a destination, we understand the importance of following sanitation and safety protocols, and we all have been working extremely hard in order to reach these goals. Learn more about the latest reopening updates in San Mateo County and Palo Alto.

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  • Address:
    Pier 15
    San Francisco, CA 94111-1456

The Exploratorium isn't just a museum; it's an ongoing exploration of science, art and human perception—a vast collection of experiences that have fed curiosity for over 45 years. There are more than 650 exhibits on display created by staff scientists, artists and designers, with new exhibits always in development. Visit our new home at Pier 15, which has three times as much space, 1.5 acres of free outdoor space, and easy access from Bay Area public transit.

Every Thursday night, savor unique, thought-provoking series for adults at After Dark. Grab dinner and drinks by the Bay, play with hundreds of hands-on exhibits, crawl through our pitch-black Tactile Dome, and explore. (The Tactile Dome is closed for routine maintenance through September 30, 2017.)

Special Summer Hours (May 26–September 3)

Daily (All Ages): 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Thursday Evenings (Ages 18+): 6:00–10:00 p.m.

Friday Evening Extended Hours (July 6–August 31; All Ages): 5:00–9:00 p.m.

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Meeting Facilities
Facility Info
Meeting Rooms
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  • Largest Room 20,000
  • Reception Capacity 1,200
  • Banquet Capacity 350
  • Number of Rooms 6
Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery & Terrace (INDOOR)
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 3500
  • Banquet Capacity: 150
  • Reception Capacity: 200
Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery & Terrace (OUTDOOR)
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 2500
  • Banquet Capacity: 100
  • Reception Capacity: 125
East Gallery
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 7000
  • Banquet Capacity: 200
  • Reception Capacity: 450
Bechtel Central GAllery
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 20000
  • Banquet Capacity: 350
  • Reception Capacity: 1200
Osher West Gallery
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 16000
  • Banquet Capacity: 200
  • Reception Capacity: 600
Kanbar Forum
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 3600
  • Banquet Capacity: 200
  • Reception Capacity: 250