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World-class science museum with tons of hands-on activities for children and mystifying exhibits for everyone.
The family science museum's gigantic new complex is split into six separate gallery sections that focus on human behavior, senses & perception, bio...
Exploratorium scientist Ron Hipschman lets you have fun with physics via hands-on activities and demonstrations that explore physical phenomena lik...
Explore the science of "percussive phenomena" ranging from fireworks to taiko at this special Fourth of July edition of the Exploratorium's monthly...
Zoë Keating is unbelievable. She encapsulates everything that San Francisco aspires to be without even breaking a sweat. Keating is an artist with...
Sure, phytoplankton can be pretty boring, what with being so incredibly small they're invisible to the naked eye. But when millions of them are stuffed together into gorgeous, illuminated overhead tanks, you'll take a bigger interest in the things. The brand new incarnation of Frank Oppenheimer's 44-year-old Exploratorium on Piers 15-17 boasts 600-plus exhibits and installations, including notable favorites like the Fog Bridge, the Toilet Drinking Fountain, and the Tree Experience, which... More »
Some people spend the rest of their lives trying to recreate the perfect work atmosphere they enjoyed as a teen in the Exploratorium Explainer Program. While most of us have memories of demeaning service jobs to look back on, former Explainers get a happy, nostalgic look in their eyes when they remember working at the science museum. Something about the Exploratorium's afternoon, weekend, and summer helper gig is different from the fast-food experience. "We try very hard to get a very unique... More »
The Tactile Dome is a splendid place to suspend your overutilized sense of sight and rely instead on more primal antennae. Housed in a large geodesic dome in the middle of the Exploratorium interactive science museum, the dome is itself the hands-on experience in extremis. The interior is a pitch-black maze of tubes, chutes, and chambers that you slide, crawl, and bump through, the surrounding shapes, textures, and circumstances changing at every turn. The experience forces you to depend on... More »
Dr. August Coppola (Francis' brother and Nicolas Cage's dad) designed this touchy-feely 1971 oddity -- a one-way maze inside a geodesic dome that you must feel your way through, in complete darkness. Coppola built the attraction so that one must climb, crawl, slide, and fall to get to the end, encountering surprising and delightful textures and objects along the way. The Tactile Dome is located inside the Exploratorium, and you must make reservations and pay a bit extra to get into it. It's... More »
Like a tunnel of love with credibly educational overtones, the Tactile Dome will have you crawling, sliding, and climbing side by side with the object of your affection in complete and total darkness. Go ahead, reach out and grab something. The whole point of this fantastic 1971 exhibit is to reacquaint visitors with the remarkable and too often neglected sensation of touch. As you clamber through the maze, housed within a geodesic dome (or Bucky Ball, as we like to call them), your body is... More »
For the last 100 days, the Exploratorium has posted pictures and quotes by particle physicist Frank Oppenheimer. Oppenheimer wasn’t routinely pithy, but his curiosity, wonder, and brilliance shine through, as does his compassion for the human... More »
On August 5 the Curiosity rover, NASA's latest science lab on wheels, is scheduled to land on the surface of Mars.Featuring an extendable robotic arm and ChemCam, a laser instrument used to vaporize... More »
On August 5 the Curiosity rover, NASA's latest science lab on wheels, is scheduled to land on the surface of Mars. Featuring an extendable robotic arm and ChemCam, a laser instrument used to vaporize rock and soil samples, it's fair to say that... More »
Mathematically speaking, pi is transcendental, irrational, and deliciously random. It is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. It never ends, and it never repeats, but only 39 decimals of pi are needed to calculate a circle the... More »
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