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Exploratorium, the

3601 Lyon Street
San Francisco, CA

Phone: (415) 563-7337 - Tty: -

Statement of Purpose

The Exploratorium is a museum of science, art, and human perception founded in 1969 by physicist Frank Oppenheimer. The Exploratorium's mission is to create a culture of learning through innovative environments, programs, and tools that help people nurture their curiosity about the world around them.

Housed within the walls of the Palace of Fine Arts, the Exploratorium is a collage of 650 interactive exhibits in the areas of science, art, and human perception. The Exploratorium stands in the vanguard of the movement of the "museum as educational center." It provides access to, and information about, science, nature, art and technology.

This unique museum was founded in 1969 by noted physicist and educator Dr. Frank Oppenheimer, who devoted his efforts to it -- and was its director -- until his death in 1985. Dr. Goéry Delacôte, a renowned French scientist, science educator and public servant, was named executive director of the Exploratorium in February 1991.

Highlights & Collections

Current Exhibits and Upcoming Special Events


Admission & Directions:

The Exploratorium is located inside the magnificent Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco's Marina district. Visit our viewer-controlled Roof-Cam for a live view of the San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge, and check out the Exhibit-Cam for a live view of a museum floor exhibit.

Key Personnel:

Dr. Goéry Delacôte, Executive Director

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