The Exploratorium’s Inflatable: Massive Artworks Arrive in San Francisco

Pictured: "Fantastic Planet" by Amanda Parer

Explore, play, and wonder at gigantic, fantastical, air-filled artworks at Inflatable — a new summer exhibition open now through September 3rd at the Exploratorium in San Francisco. Born out of thin air, these dynamic sculptures include otherworldly organisms, a forest of cushiony columns, an inflatable insect-eye room and more.

Even visitors familiar with the Exploratorium will see the space in a new way. Museumgoers will be able to enter an inflatable multi-lensed camera obscura that feels like stepping into the compound eye of an insect. Massive crouching inflatable humanoids will fill the building from floor to ceiling, making the West Gallery feel at times like a dollhouse. And visitors will feel they’ve entered a microscopic biological world thanks to a balloon artwork inspired by organic forms that will be constructed onsite, to deflate almost imperceptibly throughout the summer in a process that gestures toward biological decay.

Curated by Christopher Jobson, founder and editor-in-chief of ColossalInflatable features artwork by Amanda Parer, Jason Hackenwerth, Jimmy Kuehnle, Shih Chieh Huang, and Pneuhaus. Entry to Inflatable is included with museum admission.

Rated the #1 Museum in San Francisco on TripAdvisor, the Exploratorium offers an ongoing exploration of science, art, and human perception. Along with on-going temporary exhibitions like Inflatable, the Exploratorium also features more than 650 hands-on exhibits. Visitors can also take an interactive excursion through total darkness in the famous Tactile Dome. You’ll need to crawl, slide, and bump your way through the pitch-dark Dome using your sense of touch as your only guide through its chambers and mazes – reservations required. Visitors of all ages will find this plus dynamic programs, and unique events; a café and restaurant; two stores; and much more.

Located between the historic Ferry Building and Pier 39, the Exploratorium is a short distance from popular San Francisco destinations including the Fisherman’s Wharf, the Alcatraz ferries, and the bustling downtown.

  • Daily Summer Hours (May 26–September 3), 10am–5pm (All ages)
  • After Dark Thursday Evenings, 6–10pm (Ages 18+)
  • Friday Extended Hours (July 6–August 31), 10am–9pm (All Ages)

Learn more at exploratorium.edu/inflatable.

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