San Francisco

United States




Zeum (Ze-um)—not your typical museum; a place that builds voice, ignites the imagination, nurtures the creative process, and encourages innovation.

Zeum is a non-profit multimedia arts and technology museum. Our mission is to foster creativity and innovation in young people and their families. We’re the only Bay Area museum where individuals of all ages, backgrounds, communities and learning styles combine hands-on use of animation, digital technology, electronic media, traditional and non-traditional materials, and the power of their imaginations to create high quality stories, movies, performances, music, art and more.

Permanent Collection

The Main Gallery offers a sampling of high-tech and low-tech tools that you can use to create digital music, explore 2-D and 3-D animation, try on costumes, experiment with special effects, learn about camera angles, and film live performances to take home on DVD. If it’s your first visit to Zeum, this is a great place to start.

Ages 3 to Adult

Opening hours

School Year Hours: Open Wednesday–Sunday, 11 am–5 pm Summer Hours: Open Tuesday–Sunday, 11 am–5 pm

Zeum is open during many school holidays

Getting there

Zeum is conveniently situated in the heart of downtown San Francisco at the corner of Fourth and Howard Streets in Yerba Buena Gardens. [map]

Getting Here By Public Transportation

Zeum is easily accessible by the following public transportation services:

MUNI : Disembark at Market Street and 4th Street/Powell Street. Walk south on 4th Street for two blocks and turn left on Howard Street. Zeum is located at the corner of Howard and Fourth streets. Look for the Zeum Carousel.

BART : Disembark at the Powell Street Station. Exit to 4th and Market streets. Head south on 4th Street for two blocks. Turn left on Howard Street. Zeum is on the corner of Howard and 4th streets.

CalTrain : From 4th and Townsend St. CalTrain Station catch #15, #30, or #45 Muni lines. Get off at Third and Folsom. Walk one block towards Howard Street. Turn left on Howard. Zeum is located at the corner of Howard and 4th streets.

Amtrak’s Capitol Corridor : Purchase a ticket for San Francisco. Take the train to the Emeryville station and transfer to Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach service (included as part of your train ticket). Disembark at the Moscone Center stop (Howard & 4th). Zeum is located at the corner of Howard and 4th streets.

Getting Here By Car

From the South Bay : Take 101-North to I-80 East. Take the 4th Street exit and then left on Bryant. Left on Third and another left on Howard. Zeum is located at the corner of Howard and Fourth streets.

From the East Bay : Take I-80 West towards San Francisco (Bay Bridge). Take the Fremont Street exit to Howard Street. Turn left on Howard Street. Proceed West on Howard Street for four blocks. Zeum is located at the corner of Howard...+ [ Read all ]

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Discover the exciting world of interactive arts and technology with your school group.

Zeum field trips provide a clear, complete experience from beginning to end: from planning the project, through a collaborative implementation of the plan using state-of-the-art technology tools, to a wrap-up discussion with the group. Zeum’s education programs are centered around project-based learning, media literacy, and constructivist theory. Students on a Zeum field trip learn to use critical thinking, become stakeholders in the decision-making process, and develop real-world cooperation and collaboration skills.