Exploratorium - San Francisco, CA
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Quick Description: The Exploratorium now occupies the Pier 15 building in San Francisco. There are 600 interactive exhibits exploring biology, physics, listening, cognition, visual perception, social behavior and the environment.
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 5/19/2013 2:42:19 PM
Waymark Code: WMH45P
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
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Long Description:
In 1969, the previous Exploratorium occupied the site of the Palace of Fine Arts. On April 17, 2013, the exploratorium opened the doors at its new location at Pier 15 with more than 3 times the space in the original location.

From the Exploratorium website:

The Exploratorium was the brainchild of Frank Oppenheimer. At various times, Frank was a professor, a high school teacher, a cattle rancher, and an experimental physicist.

While teaching at a university, Frank developed a “library of experiments” that enabled his students to explore scientific phenomena at their own pace, following their own curiosity. Alarmed by the public’s lack of understanding of science and technology, Frank used this model to create the Exploratorium, believing that visitors could learn about natural phenomena and also gain confidence in their ability to understand the world around them. This was a groundbreaking idea for a science museum in 1969 when the Exploratorium opened. And the rest is history.

Frank Oppenheimer viewed art and science as complementary ways of exploring the world, and incorporated both into the Exploratorium from its earliest days—a pioneering idea at the time that’s been woven into the fabric of the institution. Today, artists and scientists continue to work alongside each other in envisioning new ideas and directions for the museum and its programs. Their common goal: to support a culture of experimentation and collaboration, inspire curiosity and understanding, and stimulate fresh ideas and directions.

Almost all of exhibits are made at the museum by the staff. A sign hangs over the workshop that reads “Here is being created the Exploratorium.” The workshop, and the exhibits created there, are the heart of the Exploratorium.

More Exploratorium Info:

Name: Exploratorium®

Pier 15
San Francisco, California USA

Telephone Number: (415) 528-4444

Web Site: [Web Link]

Type/Specialty: Hand-on Science Experiments

Theater: 200 seats

Hours of operation: Closed Mon; Fri,Sat,Sun,Tue: 10AM-5PM; Wed,Thu: 10AM-10PM; See http://www.exploratorium.edu/visit/hours

Admission Fee: Adults (18-64): $25

Gift Shop: yes

Cafe/Restaurant: The Seismic Joint Cafe

Other Features: Good Views of San Francisco

Agency/Ownership: Not listed

Educational programs: Not listed

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