“The exploration of science, art & human perception”
The Exploratorium is a museum in San Francisco that has created over 1,000 participatory exhibits that mix science and art, all of which are made onsite. It is considered by some to be the prototype for participatory museums around the world.
It has been engaged in the professional development of teachers, science education reform, and the promotion of museums as informal education centers since its founding in the Palace of Fine Arts in 1969 by physicist and educator Frank Oppenheimer. Since Oppenheimer's death in 1985, the Exploratorium has expanded into other domains, including online communities, and has helped to create an international network of museums working to solve problems with general science education. The Exploratorium offers visitors a variety of ways—including exhibits, webcasts, websites and events—to explore and understand the world around them. In 2011, the Exploratorium received the National Science Board 2011 Public Service Science Award for its contributions to public understanding of science and engineering.
On January 2, 2013, the Exploratorium closed its doors to the public at the Palace of Fine Arts and began its move to a new location on Piers 15 and 17 along The Embarcadero. Opening day at the new location is set for April 17, 2013.
Perfect stop for the family or if you're just a kid in an adults body. The place is filled to the brim with experiments and fun interactive exhibits. They have recently moved buildings away from the Palace of Fine Arts which is a bummer because the that building is so beautiful. Nevertheless this place still has it's fair share of fun.
So much fun. They've honestly got exhibits for kids and parents so if you want to go your separate ways you totally can. Make sure you visit the suitcases exhibit that will be open till the end of the fall. It's over 400 suitcases recovered from Willard Hospital that once belonged to inmates well over 60 years ago. It's amazing.
Super interactive museum, fun for kids or a day-date if you're in the mood to play and learn something new. You should probably set aside 4-5 hours to visit and make the cost of entrance worth it.
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