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Be the Catalyst

Be the Catalyst

Our move to Pier 15 transformed the Exploratorium forever. But it was just the beginning.

With your generous support, the Exploratorium can dramatically expand the reach of its world-renowned exhibits, educational and professional-development programs, and research efforts worldwide. The net result: a profound advancement in fostering a global culture of inquiry.

Our Chairman’s Circle and Catalyst Circle donors make this transformative work possible, sustaining our momentum year after year. Join us.

Chairman’s Circle

As a member of the Chairman’s Circle, you join a distinguished group of leading Exploratorium patrons. In appreciation of your significant annual gift, you will enjoy premium recognition of your support and exclusive privileges when you visit the Exploratorium, including complimentary parking, priority access to museum programs and thought leaders, as well as personalized concierge services. 

Join the Chairman’s Circle


  • Experience a customized opportunity for exclusive recognition with an Exploratorium program and enjoy a preview reception for the program.

Plus all benefits listed below.


  • Learn more about our new home at Pier 15 and our new programs at a private lunch with the Executive Director and Exploratorium leadership.
  • Have the opportunity to be recognized at an Exploratorium program and enjoy a preview reception for the program.*

Plus the benefits listed below.


  • Receive complimentary and guaranteed parking at a dedicated lot when you visit the museum.
  • Have the opportunity to host a private event in the City View Room at a mutually agreed upon time.
  • Attend special programs and events for Chairman’s Circle donors.
  • Receive preferred access to the Museum Rentals Calendar for your rental events.
  • Participate in discussions with Exploratorium scientists and artists about emerging issues in art, science, and current events.  Gatherings will be at Pier 15 as well as visits to important research facilities and art collections—nearby locations not often open to visitors. 

Plus Catalyst Circle benefits.

Catalyst Circle

As a donor in the Catalyst Circle, your annual gift ignites learning and curiosity for visitors, educators, and our community. You and your family will enjoy premium access to the Exploratorium at Pier 15 as well as exclusive opportunities to connect with thought leaders and discover new ideas in art and science.

Join the Catalyst Circle


  • Receive an invitation to the Director’s Dinner, where you will exchange ideas with experts and thought leaders at our annual review of the year’s most exceptional advances in art and science.
  • Enjoy an evening reception and tour of the Exploratorium’s latest arts installation with a visiting Artist in Residence.

Plus benefits listed below.


  • Attend private lunches with Exploratorium leaders, including senior staff, scientists, artists, and visiting thought leaders in our Osher Fellows and Artist-In-Residence programs. 
  • Receive invitations to exclusive preview receptions for new exhibitions and tours of the Exploratorium with gallery directors.

Plus benefits listed below.


  • Enjoy guaranteed parking privileges at a reduced rate at the Levi’s Plaza garage when you visit the museum.
  • Have concierge services available when you visit the Exploratorium, including group visits, special insider tours and advance event ticket purchase.
  • Receive invitations to exclusive events and programs for Catalyst Circle Donors, including the Family Fling.
  • Have access to the City View Room for select programs where you will enjoy complimentary refreshments and mingle with scientists, artists, and experts.
  • Preview exhibitions and works-in-progress at private receptions with artists, curators, and senior scientists.
  • Receive priority access to Exploratorium programs and learning opportunities, including classes and camps.

Plus Innovator level benefits.


As an Innovator, your annual gift ignites learning, fosters curiosity, and inspires inquiry. You and your family will enjoy premium access to the Exploratorium at Pier 15, as well as special opportunities to connect with like-minded individuals and discover new ideas in art and science.

Become an Innovator

Innovators ($1,000+)
In addition to all the benefits of membership, you will enjoy:

  • Express admission to the museum through the Front Desk.
  • Unlimited access to the Exploratorium with your VIP membership card, plus two guest passes to share. You may bring up to 10 guests each time you visit.
  • Unlimited access to our adults-only Hospitality Suites held at our first Thursday After Dark evenings, where you will enjoy complimentary wine, beer, and hors d’oeuvres.
  • Access to exclusive areas in the Exploratorium, including the Mellin City View Room, a lounge and meeting space for Exploratorium leaders and donors.
  • Reduced parking rate at the Levi’s Plaza garage when you visit the museum. Subject to availability.
  • Recognition on our Annual Donor Wall.
  • Invitation to the State of the Exploratorium, an annual meeting and reception with the Executive Director and Board of Directors.
  • Priority invitations to the most popular Exploratorium events, including the annual Gala Dinner and Science of Cocktails.
  • Breaking news about exhibitions, new exhibits, and expeditions, including access to special online content from the Exploratorium collections.