Exploratorium

Pier 15 Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111 Map · Phone number · Visit website
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About Exploratorium

Located in San Francisco, California, the Exploratorium is a science museum and wedding venue that offers something different for your “I dos.” The museum was founded by Frank Oppenheimer, a physicist, who was inspired to create a science museum after seeing the quality of European institutions. His personality inspires much of how the museum is run, which seeks to be a place of learning and exploration without pomp. In all, the location provides you and your sweetheart a dynamic place full of possibilities for you to celebrate and showcase your love.

Facilities and Capacity

At this museum, you can choose from a number of galleries for your special day, or you can combine multiple galleries at once. The latter option allows you to host different parts of your wedding in different rooms. You can also rent the entire museum, giving your guests the chance to discover the many exhibitions. One of the popular spaces at the Exploratorium to host your wedding is the Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery & Terrace. This area affords you views of both the bay and the city. Inside there is a seated capacity for 150. The outside can accommodate 100 guests. This area features an understated design that is angular and contemporary. The simplicity of the space along with the neutral hues makes it the ideal canvas for a variety of decor. This design extends throughout the building. There are also other galleries suited for events, such as Osher West, East, and Bechtal Central. These many options offer versatility and work for gatherings of between 40 and more than 400 people.

Services Offered

The Exploratorium employs a team of professionals to work the events at the museum. These individuals use their skills to help make your wedding a success. The museum provides the catering for your event as well, crafting dishes and culinary treats to delight your loved ones. You also get access to classrooms for use as dressing rooms, providing convenience to you and your wedding entourage. A gallery can also be closed off for an hour so you may use the space for your wedding photographs. As a bonus, the rental packages also include a one-year membership to the museum.

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East Gallery Reception
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Central Gallery Exhibits
Under the Moon
Under the Moon
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Bay Views
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Colored Shadows Exhibit
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East Gallery Exhibits
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City Views
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Colored Shadows Exhibit
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East Gallery Ceremony
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Central Gallery Exhibits
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East Gallery Reception
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East Gallery Exhibits
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DJ Reception
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Central Gallery Exhibits
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West Gallery Exhibits
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West Gallery Reception
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East Gallery Reception
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East Gallery Exhibits
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East Gallery Reception
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Exploratorium Sign
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Floral Centerpieces
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Observatory Ceremony
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Observatory Ceremony
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Observatory Reception
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Observatory Terrace
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Observatory Ceremony
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Observatory Reception
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Elements!
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Bay Bridge/Treasure Is. Views
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Observatory Ceremony
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SF City Views
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Observatory Terrace Ceremony
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Observatory Terrace Reception
Observatory Terrace Reception
Observatory Terrace Reception
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Bay Bridge views, Terrace
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Visualizing the Bay Exhibit
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East Gallery Reception
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Central Gallery Exhibits
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Central Gallery Reception
Central Gallery Reception
Central Gallery Reception
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Outdoor Gallery
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Coit Tower views
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San Francisco city skyline
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Pier 15 and Pier 17
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San Francisco downtown views
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East Gallery Reception

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4 Reviews for Exploratorium

Recommended by 97% of couples


4.9 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Flexibility 4.8
  • Value 4.5
  • Average response time 5.0
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  • Michaela

    Michaela O'shea · Married on 03/02/2020

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    A One-of-a-kind Masterpiece

    My husband and I have had the pleasure of being a part of several events at The Exploratorium. The absolute care and attention to detail is second-to-none. We are actually wedding photographers in real-life, and are fortunate to be a part of some very special gatherings around the Bay Area. The Exploratorium and its staff are something special. Not only is the location unique and one-of-a-kind, it is also located in one of the most convenient parts of San Francisco. The ability to have your guests arrive by Ferry, train, car, bus, or maybe even a rickshaw? It's one of those things that some couples overlook when they decide on a venue. On the Embarcadero you have all of these options at your disposal.
    Another incredible plus is the preferred vendors they have access to. During every event we have attended, the catering has been superb, the decor trendy, yet classic, the florals stunning, and the entertainment top flight.
    We encourage every couple considering a one-of-a-kind wedding to really explore everything these folks have to offer.

    Sent on 05/28/2020

    Exploratorium's reply:

    Michaela, you are too kind. We absolutely loved working with you and Tim and it was so fun to watch a talented photography vendor couple get in front of the camera. You both were a dream and we are so happy you have been to so many Exploratorium events. We hope to see you in museum again soon. Thank you both!
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    Shannon · Married on 07/14/2018

    5.0
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    Perfect reception at the Exploratorium

    My husband and I threw a wedding reception at the Exploratorium. We couldn’t have been more happy with the experience. Our guests still mention how extraordinary it was to be drinking and dancing at the museum, along with so many incredible interactive exhibits. When it came to logistics the Exploratorium team was so helpful and accommodating. We would recommend this as a wedding venue without reservations.

    Sent on 10/15/2020

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Exploratorium FAQ

  • Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?
    Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?
    $ 9500
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?
    $ 9500
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?
    Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?
    $ 9500
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?
    $ 9500
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee?
    Bridal Suite
    Lighting/Sound
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
    3
  • Describe your venue:
    Museum
    Rooftop
    Waterfront
  • What kind of settings are available?
    Indoor
    Uncovered Outdoor
    Scenic Views
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
    Ceremony
    Reception
    Bridal Shower
    Engagement Party
    Elopements
    Rehearsal Dinner
  • What event services do you offer?
    All Inclusive Packages
    Event Planner
    Get Ready Rooms
    Pet Friendly
    Wifi
  • What event items are available?
    Chairs
  • What transportation and access is available?
    Parking
    Shuttle
    Valet
    Wheelchair Access
  • What months are included in your peak season?
    February
    March
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    May
    June
    July
    August
    September
    October
  • What months are included in your off-peak season?
    January
    December

1 Wedding Deal & Discount

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    New Micro Ceremony & Proposal Packages

    The Exploratorium offers two outdoor spaces perfect for intimate wedding ceremonies and proposals.

    The Fisher Bay Observatory Terrace and the Outdoor Gallery feature breathtaking views of the city and Bay in private open-air settings.

    We now offer a special package featuring a one-hour rental for $1,000 for just these occasions.

Team of Exploratorium

Katie Brauer

Katie Brauer

Event Sales Supervisor

I am the Event Sales Supervisor in the Museum Rental Department at the Exploratorium. I started at the Exploratorium in 2017 and had been working in Lake Tahoe for five years exclusively in weddings. I absolutely love weddings and plan for friends and family whenever I can. The Exploratorium is such a hidden gem for weddings in San Francisco and definitely a unique venue that your guests won't forget! I look forward to working with you to create a special day celebrating your love and allowing your friends and family to relax, enjoy and experience the historic Pier 15.

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Destiny Pai

Destiny Pai

Sales and Event Coordinator

I've been with the Exploratorium for over a year and I absolutely love what it has to offer! I enjoy being able to help couples make their wedding dreams become a reality. The best part about having your wedding here at the Exploratorium is that it supports the non-profit educational mission and programs we have. Our team is ready and can't wait for you to celebrate your special day here with your friends and family!

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  • Pier 15 Embarcadero San Francisco, CA, 94111 See on map
    415-639-3572 (Phone number)
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