Exploratorium General Admission - San Francisco

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Dive into a realm of hands-on curiosity, discovery and play at San Franciscos all-new Exploratorium, now located on Pier 15 between the Ferry Building and Pier 39. Bring the whole family along for a fun, interactive journey through fascinating scientific exhibits that will change the way you see the world.


  • All entrance fees included
  • Family friendly
  • Popular choice with kids

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Enjoy a fun, family-friendly day full of fascinating hands-on discovery at the all-new Exploratorium in San Francisco, now conveniently located on Pier 15 along the Embarcadero between the Ferry Building and Fishermans Wharf at Pier 39. Your all-day admission ticket grants you full access to this museums amazing exhibits.

Take your time enjoying more than 600 multi-sensory exhibits occupying five different galleries: South, East, West, Central and Outdoor. A large number of these are brand-new exhibits designed specifically for the museums new Pier 15 location, so even if youve been to the Exploratorium before, theres lots more to see!

From the physics of sound and movement to human, plant and insect anatomy to optical illusions to global ecosystems, the Exploratorium brings you into a whole new world of discovery, offering intriguing insights for everyones interests, whether youre a kid or an adult!

Inclusions for Exploratorium General Admission

  • General admission to the Exploratorium

Exclusions for Exploratorium General Admission

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks


Exploratorium Galleries
Central Gallery: Seeing and ListeningExperiment 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 PhenomenaExperiment 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: TinkeringThink 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 SystemsSometimes 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.
Outdoor GalleryOpen 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, shake a bridge, observe human behavior, and find new ways to notice the places we inhabit.
Bay Observatory Gallery: Landscape ObservationSee 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!

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Confirmation will be received at time of booking

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

Coin-operated lockers are located just past ticketing and the Info desk

Ticket purchase cannot be applied to an annual membership at the museum.

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • Highly entertaining for young to old.

  • The admission you purchase via Viator does not let you go through the "pre-purchase ticket" line at the entrance. Another words, you still have to be in line to be admitted to the museum. I should have bought tickets on the museum web site to save time to get in the museum.

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