3601 Lyon Street, San Francisco, CA
Capacity: 3,500 people

About Exploratorium

The winner of SF Magazine’s 2018 “Best Museum Party” award, our sustainably designed facility—located in the vibrant heart of the historic Embarcadero—is an unforgettable venue for everything from intimate gatherings to large events. With spectacular views of both city and Bay—plus access to our lively landscape of hundreds of hands-on exhibits—the Exploratorium’s waterfront home offers an exciting, imaginative setting for just about anything you can dream up. At Pier 15, the museum is divided into galleries filled with hundreds of exhibits ranging from mechanical contraptions to artworks highlighting the beauty of the physical phenomena that surround us. Galleries are available to rent either individually or in combination. e’re pleased to offer a wedding package that features our best galleries for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Our East and Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery & Terracebundle is the perfect setting for an unforgettable wedding. The Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery & Terrace features sweeping views of the city and Bay, and an attached outdoor terrace provides a fantastic backdrop for the ceremony or reception. The East Gallery offers its own stunning views and houses our exciting life-sciences exhibit collection, which highlights the beauty of living things.

Event Spaces

Full Facility


Exploratorium Birthday Parties: A Good Time for Kids - An Eventective User from San Francisco, CA

I arranged a birthday party for my niece and about twenty of her friends at the Exploratorium in San Francisco. The Exploratorium mostly does parties and events for children of various ages, though they also have occasional adult-oriented events. The Exploratorium is really popular with many kids my niece's age (6-10), and she and her friends had a good time exploring the museum and playing with magnetic sand, giant bubble curtains, and other exhibits. They also enjoyed the activity part of the party - we did the Flight party, where the kids made model helicopters and airplanes. I really enjoy the tactile dome, which is an optional party extra, but it's not for people who are afraid of close spaces or the dark, so we skipped it on our trip. The Exploratorium employees were all very helpful and interested, from the folks who dealt with the event planning to the person who ran the activity part of the party to the random volunteers who answered questions throughout the museum. A party at the Exploratorium is a good hands-on science experience for kids: it's casual and entertaining and educational. The arrangements were sometimes difficult; the museum doesn't have staff who can pick up deliveries or help move food, for example, so one of the adults had to stay in the front reception area to wait for the food and drinks to come in. The timing was a little awkward, too, because they don't have that many spaces and they have set times that parties are awkward. I would recommend the Exploratorium for kids' parties, especially if you have the time to take care of the arrangements yourself. If you're less interested in doing the set-up, I've also organized activity parties at the Lawrence Hall of Science, where they can cater your party and make treats and grab bags.

Venue Types
  • Outdoor Function Area
  • Waterfront
  • Waterview
  • Max Number of People for an Event: 3500