Review of Exploratorium Ticket Deals at the new location: Pier 15 on San Francisco’s Embarcadero.
UPDATE Oct 2013 — Good news — a 42 percent off discount on membership just popped up on one of the big deals sites. Check it out now if you’re interested because the offer will expire soon. For now, you’ll find this deal added to the ticket and deals resource list below, including the 411 on Exploratorium’s SF Bay Area residents discounts and the museum’s schedule of free days.
The Exploratorium tops our list of fun things to do this month in San Francisco. Why? Because the museum has a shiny new 300 million dollar 330,000-square-foot location at Pier 15, along waterfront on the Embarcadero. That means new exhibits to help fill up three times more space than the previous location. Also, did you know you can get free admission to the new Exploratorium five times a year?
The admission prices went up for the new location, not surprisingly, but there are a few ways to save, and even at full price you’ll minimize the time you have to wait in line by getting your tickets in advance online.
The Exploratorium is ideal for anyone with a curious mind, including families, and children 5 and under always get in free. Exploratorium also holds adult only Exploratorium After Dark happy hours on the first Thursday of the month, which is even more fun at the new waterfront location.
What’s new? There are 150 brand new exhibits plus hundreds of beloved classics, new outdoor exhibits, a Bay Observatory, a bigger focus on tinkering and social psychology, and much more. –Exploratorium
MEMBERSHIP DEAL: Exploratorium Discount on Membership 42% Off — EXPIRED. Go directly to the source of this deal before it expires. Be sure to read the fine print for expiration details.
DAILY TICKETS: Get Exploratorium tickets online here and you can use them any day you like until January 31, 2015.
RESIDENT DISCOUNT: Exploratorium offers discount admission for Discount for Bay Area Residents — the museum is currently showing prices $20/adults (reg. $25), or $15/youth, student, senior, and teachers (reg. $18). NOTE: look for the link on the museum’s ticket page just under “General Admission.”
FREE ADMISSION: Children under 5 and California public school teachers get in free.
FREE DAYS: The Exploratorium new free days include:
- Engineering Day (September 29, 2013)
- Founder’s Day (October 13, 2013)
- Groundhog Day (February 2, 2014)
- Pi Day (March 14, 2014)
- Mother’s Day (May 11, 2014)
OTHER WAYS TO SAVE:
- San Francisco CityPASS: A discount card that provides free admission to six Bay Area attraction including the Exploratorium. This is the perfect choice if you’re visiting from out of the city.
- Go Select San Francisco Card: This discount card also provides big discounts for as few as two or more Bay Area attractions, and Exploratorium is one of the options. This usually saves you 15% to 30% off each ticket, and you have up to 30 days to use them.
HAPPY HOUR MIXER: Exploratorium After Dark – Visit on the first Thursdays of the month, 6–10pm, and you get in at happy hour rates: $15 (Adults only, 18+). If you’re visiting during the day on first Thursdays, you can use your daytime ticket to return after 6pm for Exploratorium After Dark. Also, the museum holds Evening Programs on some Wednesday and Thursday nights, at 8:30pm. Check the Exploratorium website for details.
WHEN: Open Tuesday – Sunday from 10am – 5pm including Wednesday evenings until 10pm and Thursday evening adult only hours from 6pm – 10pm. Closed Mondays except for certain holidays.
WHERE: Exploratorium, Pier 15, San Francisco, California 94111, between Ferry Building and Fisherman’s Wharf. Map and nearby things to do.
STAYING OVER? If you’re visiting from out of town, get Exploratorium tickets bundled with a hotel package.
SAVVY TIPS: Things to know to make your visit a little savvier …
- Parking (your car) — There’s an independent parking lot right across the street. Levi’s Plaza Garage offers discounted rates. Or you can park at the Embarcadero Center. You’ll also find metered street parking along the Embarcadero, and other parking lots and garages nearby.
- Parking (your stuff) — There are coin-operated lockers just past ticketing and the Info Desk. Strollers are also available.