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The Exploratorium

Historic Rehabilitation Project at Piers 15/17

Exploratorium Rendering (Pier 15 Bird's Eye View)

The Exploratorium, the museum of science, art and human perception, plans to relocate from the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco to Piers 15 and 17 on the Embarcadero at Green Street. Currently, this project is under construction and includes:

  • Development and historic rehabilitation of the Pier 15 bulkhead building and shed
  • Construction of a new building (the “Observatory Building”) to replace the existing non-historic connector building between the piers
  • Removal of the paved asphalt parking area in the valley to create an open water courtyard and outdoor exhibit area. 

Pier 15 will house the museum’s exhibits, a retail store and gift shop, two cafés, exhibit fabrication area, classrooms, theatre, the Tactile Dome and administrative offices.  The project will provide public access around the piers and on the 2nd floor of the Observatory Building.  It will open up views to the water, and visitors will be able to sit and walk along the Bay. The new Observatory Building will have a café on the 1st floor and exhibits on the 2nd floor, which also can 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, you may visit the Exploratorium website:

Exploratorium Rendering (water area)

 Last updated 5/09/2012

Last updated: 12/9/2013 11:49:37 AM
Port of San Francisco
Pier 1, The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111