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Exploratorium Facts of Note

For Immediate Release:
April 17, 2013

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Exploratorium Facts of Note


  • 330,000 square feet (inside and out)
  • 3x the space (inside and out)
  • Outdoor exhibits for the first time
  • Goal is to be the largest net-zero energy museum in the U.S., if not the world
  • 10 minute walk from the Ferry Building
  • Free public open space
  • Open two nights a week:
    • Wednesdays,10am–10pm, for all ages
    • Thursdays After Dark, 6-10pm, ages 18 and up
    • Both nights feature a cash bar
  • Fabulous views and great food
  • Public walkways surround Pier 15


  • Triples the capacity for teacher professional development
    • Every middle and high school in the Bay Area has been touched by the Exploratorium Teacher Institute
  • 90% of beginning science teachers who graduate the Exploratorium's two-year mentoring program are still teaching science today, compared to a 50% national attrition rate
  • 85% of Exploratorium alumni teachers rate it as their most valuable teaching resource
  • 300 high school age Explainers are employed to learn by teaching — demonstrating exhibits for the public

Global Impact

  • 80% of science centers internationally use Exploratorium exhibits, programs, or ideas
  • Reaches 180 million people annually around the globe
  • Launched Global Studios to share creative capital, expertise, programs and exhibits in innovative ways
  • Recently inspired hands-on tinkering by women and men—sometimes together!­—at a Science Festival in Saudi Arabia


  • www.exploratorium.edu launched in December 1993. It was the first independent science museum to build a site and the 600th site on the World Wide Web
  • Received 5 Webby Awards in science and education
  • Color Uncovered App reached #2 in free iPad app downloads in Apple Store, over 1 million downloads
  • Sound Uncovered App, launched in February 2013, is expected to exceed that benchmark

Go back to Exploratorium @ Pier 15 Press Kit table of contents


Hours of Operation & New Evening Hours
Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm;  every Thursday evening adults only (ages 18 and up) 6pm-10pm.

$29 for adults, with lower rates for SF Bay Area residents, youth, seniors, students, teachers and the disabled. Tickets available at the door and advance tickets available online at www.exploratorium.edu/visit/tickets.

Getting Here
The Exploratorium is easily accessible by public transit. Convenient parking is available nearby. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit/location-directions

About the Exploratorium
The Exploratorium is the global leader in informal learning, igniting curiosity and inspiring creativity in people of all ages. The world-renowned science museum creates original, interactive exhibits, on display at more than 1,000 science centers, museums and public spaces around the world. Dedicated to education reform in and out of the classroom, the Exploratorium is a premier professional development center for educators and a creator of award-winning educational resources. Since 1969, the Exploratorium has influenced generations of entrepreneurs, artists, scientists, teachers, students, children, museum professionals and everyday doers, reaching nearly 180 million people annually from around the globe. On April 17, 2013, the Exploratorium opened at Pier 15 in the heart of San Francisco's Embarcadero, where it will celebrate a new era of experiences that encourage critical thinking and awaken wonder for generations to come. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit.

Pier 15
San Francisco
California 94111
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