After 44 years spent in the drafty belly of the Palace of Fine Arts, beloved city science center the Exploratorium has finally opened the doors to its new home at Pier 15.
The new $220 million location boasts triple the display space of the old location and hopes to attract twice the amount of visitors. Designed by EHDD architects, the new building has a goal of using bay water for heating and cooling and solar panels for power to become the world's largest net-zero museum. With 150 new exhibits swelling the museum's interactive offering to 600 in total, 1.5 acres of free public space in an outdoor gallery and much much more, the new Exploratorium looks like a pretty nifty update to what's considered the godfather of all interactive science museums.
Tonight and tomorrow, Obscura Digital will transform the façade of historic Pier 15 into a luminous portal for a free visual treat to celebrate the museum's opening. Check out the video for a preview of the project:
The Exploratorium, Pier 15, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, and Fridays-Sundays. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, the museum is open late until 10 p.m. with Thursday nights being 18+ affairs.