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Facility Rental Options

Facility Rental Options

The museum is divided into a diverse selection of galleries that are available to rent either individually or in combination. From intimate gatherings to events for up to 3,500 guests, the Exploratorium at Pier 15 is the perfect event venue.

Observatory

Observatory Gallery & Terrace

Exploring a Sense of Place—the City, Bay, and Sky
A marvel of glass, steel, and cutting-edge technology, the Observatory is the one new architectural structure at Pier 15. Featuring breathtaking views of the city and bay, our waterfront venue is ideal for elegant seated dinners, cocktail receptions, or just about anything you can dream up!

  Square Footage Seated Dining Capacity* Standing Reception Capacity*
Indoor 3,500 150 200
Outdoor 2,500 100 125

*Capacities subject to change

East Gallery

East Gallery

Discovering the Living World
With large windows overlooking the bay, the East Gallery brings the outside world in, offering experiences and exhibits that let guests explore life at different scales. It’s perfect for intimate seated dinners, dancing, and receptions.

Square Footage Seated Dining Capacity* Standing Reception Capacity*
7,000 90-200 450

*Capacities subject to change

Central Gallery

Central Gallery

Investigating Natural Phenomena
Designed for exploring sights, sounds, and perception itself, the Central Gallery is the setting for our physics and perception installations. The expansive gallery is well-suited to strolling receptions, or dining and dancing among hands-on exhibits.

Square Footage Seated Dining Capacity* Standing Reception Capacity*
20,000 280-350 1,200

*Capacities subject to change

West Gallery

West Gallery

Understanding Cognition, Science, and Society
The West Gallery, which integrates exhibits on psychology and art, houses the museum’s iconic Tactile Dome and a “black box” for immersive installations. Closest to the Embarcadero and adjacent to The Forum, it’s great for seated dinners and evening receptions, including product launches, alumni gatherings, and more.

Square Footage Seated Dining Capacity* Standing Reception Capacity*
16,000 70-200 600

*Capacities subject to change

Kanbar Forum

The Kanbar Forum

p>Seeing the World through New Eyes
State-of-the art sound and projection make the Kanbar Forum ideal for seminars, lectures, presentations, and film screenings. Adaptable to theater- or cabaret-style seating arrangements, this flexible space can be customized to meet your needs.

 

Square Footage Seated Dining Capacity* Standing Reception Capacity*
3,600 160-200 250

*Capacities subject to change

Exploratorium

Full Facility

Square Footage Seated Dining Capacity* Standing Reception Capacity*
100,000 1,100 3,500

*Capacities subject to change