The Exploratorium

Historic Rehabilitation Project at Piers 15/17

Exploratorium Rendering (Pier 15 Bird's Eye View)

The Exploratorium, San Francisco's museum of science, art, and human perception, has relocated from the Palace of Fine Arts in the Marina District to Piers 15 and 17 on the Embarcadero at Green Street. This project has been completed and includes:

  • Historic rehabilitation of the Pier 15 bulkhead building and shed
  • A newly constructed 'Observatory Building" which replaces a non-historic connector building between the piers
  • An open water courtyard and outdoor exhibit area in a prior parking alley

Pier 15 houses the museum’s exhibits, a retail store and gift shop, two cafés, an exhibit fabrication area, classrooms, a theatre, a "Tactile Dome" and administrative offices.  The project provides public access around the piers and on the 2nd floor of the Observatory Building. The project opens up views to the water, and allows visitors access to sit and walk along the Bay. The new Observatory Building includes a café on the 1st floor and exhibits on the 2nd floor. The 2nd Floor is available to be rented out for special events.  A boat dock will be constructed on the south apron to provide water taxi service and ships will continue to berth on the east apron.  Baydelta Maritime, the tug & tow operator at Pier 15, will be relocated to Pier 17.  The Exploratorium hopes to expand the museum into Pier 17 in later years.

Read the Exploratorium Relocation Project Fact Sheet (512 KB, pdf).

View Webcam 1 (Pier 15) | View Webcam 2 (Pier 17)


For additional information, please visit the Exploratorium website:

Exploratorium Rendering (water area)