SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) – San Francisco’s Exploratorium broke ground on its new location Tuesday, marking the beginning of a $220 million project that is expected to transform a portion of the city’s waterfront.

“I think this stands as the official launch of the Exploratorium project at Piers 15 and 17,” said Leslie Patterson, spokeswoman for the popular interactive science museum.

The piers are located along the Embarcadero at Green Street.

Museum officials are hoping to raise a total of $300 million for construction of the new center, as well as the costs of the move from the Palace of Fine Arts, new programs and endowments, according to Patterson.

The current location in the Marina District will remain open as waterfront construction proceeds.

The new Exploratorium will be a larger facility, primarily on Pier 15 but its nine-acre campus will cover both piers, Patterson said. Two acres will consist of public space with interactive exhibits.

A new glass observatory building on the site will feature exhibits, a restaurant, and views of the city and the Bay, according to Patterson.

The Exploratorium will continue its partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which will use the museum to educate the public about its research related to the ocean floor.

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Comments (3)
  1. kac says:

    I like their current location. I also like the free parking!

  2. Ric says:

    The Palace of Fine Arts is a classic icon and historical site. Are they saving money moving? Pier parking will definately affect the price of this outing, $220,000,000.00?

  3. b says:

    i’m actually glad they’re moving. it’s very hard to get to the current location unless you have a car and even then, it’s difficult getting through san francisco. i live in the city and i never go because i would have to take 2 different buses to get there and it would take at least 45 minutes if not longer (knowing muni, it would take much longer!). i think the new location will be easier for more people to get to.