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Getting Here


Pier 15 (Embarcadero at Green St)
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 528-4444

Public Transit

Within San Francisco

  • Muni’s F Market streetcar stops in front of the Exploratorium at Embarcadero and Green Street.
  • Muni bus lines 2, 6, 14, 21, 31, and metro rail lines J, K, L, M, T, N stop within walking distance. Bus lines 1, 10, 12, 41, and 38 also stop in the vicinity.
  • Embarcadero BART, Muni stations, and ferry terminals at the Ferry Building are all a 10- to 15-minute walk away.

From the East Bay

  • The Embarcadero BART station is a 10- to 15-minute walk away.
  • Numerous AC Transit lines terminate at the Transbay Temporary Terminal, a 20-minute walk away.
  • The San Francisco Bay Ferry departs from Alameda Main Street, Harbor Bay, and Jack London Square in Oakland and arrives at the Ferry Building, a 10-minute walk away.

From the North Bay

From the Peninsula and South Bay

  • All BART lines stop at the Embarcadero Station, a 10- to 15-minute walk north along the Embarcadero to Pier 15.
  • Take Caltrain to the San Francisco station at Fourth and King streets, then transfer to Muni Metro Lines N or T. Exit at Embarcadero station, a 10- to 15-minute walk from the Exploratorium.
  • SamTrans route 292 (weekday and weekend)  to the Temporary Transbay Terminal, a 20-minute walk away.
  • The San Francisco Bay Ferry departs from the South San Francisco/Oyster Point ferry terminal (Wednesdays and Fridays only) and arrives at the Ferry Building, a 10-minute walk away.


We’ve enhanced our parking resources! Now, you can:

get validated rates from select nearby garages during certain hours

reserve and pay for parking in advance

explore additional parking options nearby


Discounted, Validated* Parking

Levi's Plaza Garage 1453 Sansome St
(10-15 minute walk)
$10 for up to four hours

  • Thursday nights, 5:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m.
  • Weekends, 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Embarcadero Center 1,2,3 and 4 Embarcadero Center
(10-15 minute walk)
$10 flat fee

  • Thursday nights, when you park after 4:00 p.m. (garage closes at midnight)
  • Weekends, all day
  • Select holidays, all day (see Exploratorium Parking)

* To get discounted rates, you must have your parking ticket validated by the Exploratorium at the Information Desk with proof of same-day ticket purchase. If you're a member, you can validate your ticket by showing a current membership card at the Information Desk.

Prepaid Parking

Save the trouble of looking for parking and purchase prepaid, reserved parking at nearby parking lots through Parking Panda, our online parking reservation partner.

Other Nearby Parking

Pacific Park Management 847 Front Street (@ Vallejo) directions
Priority Parking 1011 Front St (@ Green) directions
Public Parking 50 Broadway (Off Embarcadero) directions
Public Parking 735 Davis (@ Broadway) directions
Pacific Park Management 90 Broadway (@ Front) directions
Hornblower Landing Pier 3 (on Embarcadero) directions
Peninsula Parking 244 Pacific Avenue (@ Battery) directions
Public Parking 955 Sansome (@ Vallejo) directions
Pro Parking 750 Front (@ Broadway) directions

Please Note: 
Lots are not owned or operated by the Exploratorium. All parking is subject to availability.

Metered Parking
Metered parking is available along the Embarcadero and on side streets.

Donors receive special parking privileges.

Loading Zone

There is a white-curbed loading zone on the Embarcadero just south of the museum where you can drop people off or pick them up.


There are ample public bike racks on site as well as Public Bike Work Stations for a quick fix on the South apron of Pier 15 and in front of Pier 17.

San Francisco Bike Map (pdf)