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Free Days and Reduced Rates

Free Days and Reduced Rates

Five annual free days are just one way the Exploratorium remains accessible to everyone, regardless of a person’s ability to pay the cost of admission. We’ve partnered with several local companies, libraries, and community-based organizations to expand access. In addition, residents of the nine-county Bay Area receive special reduced admission rates.

Annual Free Days

General Admission is free to everyone six days a year, a program that began in fall 2013. The 2014 free days are listed below:

  • Groundhog Day (Sunday, February 2, 2014)
  • Pi Day (Friday, March 14, 2014)
  • Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 11, 2014)
  • Engineering Day (Sunday, September 28, 2014)
  • Founder’s Day (Sunday, October 12, 2014)
  • Science of Sharing Day (Sunday, December 7, 2014)

On free days, museum entry is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Free Days
UNIQLO is proud to partner with the Exploratorium and sponsor its FREE DAYS to inspire the next generation of innovators.
Free Admission for California Public School Teachers
California public school K–12 teachers receive free admission to the Exploratorium. The program, sponsored by Genentech, runs for two years; it ends on June 30, 2015. Each year, the first 20,000 teachers to qualify will be given one free, nontransferable, general admission voucher. Teachers are invited to apply now for the program by completing this form.
Free Field Trips for Title 1 Schools
Title 1 K–12 schools receive free admission to the Exploratorium, subject to availability. The program, sponsored by PG&E, will run through the end of the 2013–2014 school year. For more information, please contact Reservations at (415) 528-4420, or request a reservation online.
Discover & Go Library Program
The Exploratorium is part of the Discover & Go program, which provides free admission to more than 35 Bay Area cultural attractions through local libraries. Check with your library to see if it participates in the program. If it does, you can get free tickets at the library. A limited quantity of tickets are available. 
Check Out SF Family Pass Program
The Exploratorium is partnering with San Francisco’s Department of Children, Youth and Their Families (DCYF) to participate in the Check Out SF Family Pass Program. Complimentary general admission passes to the Exploratorium are available at most San Francisco Public Library branches and are valid for up to 2 adults and 4 youth per pass. Limited quantities available. Check with your local library for more details.
Community Family Pass Program
The Exploratorium is piloting a new program to provide free admission during our normal operating hours to families, young adults, and other small groups working with Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) in the San Francisco Bay Area.  A check-out system for these passes is managed by the CBOs and is designed to allow these important organizations and their constituents to develop and continue to forge lasting relationships with the Exploratorium.
Special Rates for Bay Area Residents
If you live in one of the nine San Francisco Bay Area counties, you qualify for special, reduced rates. To get this discount, you must be a current resident of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, Santa Clara, San Francisco, San Mateo, Solano, or Sonoma county. 

To learn more about any of these programs, please e-mail visit@exploratorium.edu