E is for Exploratorium

Photo by Gayle Laird
© Exploratorium, http://www.exploratorium.edu

The Exploritorium is often referred to as the museum of science, art and human perception!

The Exploratorium was the brainchild of Frank Oppenheimer. At various times, Dr. Oppenheimer was a professor, a high school teacher, a cattle rancher, and an experimental physicist.

While teaching at a university, Frank developed a “library of experiments” that enabled his students to explore scientific phenomena at their own pace, following their own curiosity. Alarmed by the public’s lack of understanding of science and technology, Frank used this model to create the Exploratorium, believing that visitors could learn about natural phenomena and gain confidence in their ability to understand science, and the world. This was a groundbreaking idea for a science museum in 1969 when the Exploratorium opened. And the rest is history.

The Exploratorium is located at the Palace of Fine Arts, 3601 Lyon Street, San Francisco, CA 94123. It uses 110,000 square feet of floor space within San Francisco’s historic Palace of Fine Arts, plus offices and exhibit building shops in adjacent Presidio buildings. Facilities include:

  • Phyllis C. Wattis Webcast Studio
  • machine, wood, and electronics shops
  • life sciences laboratory
  • 125-seat McBean Theater
  • 9 wired classroom

Museum Hours Open Tuesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Closed Mondays (except certain holidays)
  • Closed Thanksgiving
  • Closed Christmas Day
  • Plenty of free nearby parking.

For a detailed list of holiday hours, visit our events calendar.

General Admission Prices

Adult (18-64) $15.00
Student (18+ with ID)
Seniors (65+)
Youth (ages 13-17)
People with Disabilities
Children (ages 4-12) $10.00
Children (3 and under) FREE
Tactile Dome (7+; general admission included) $20.00
Become a member

For more information about the Exploratorium visit: http://www.exploratorium.edu/


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