Pier 15 The Embarcadero

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The Exploratorium is a public learning laboratory for exploring the world through science, art, and human perception. Their mission is to create inquiry-based experiences that transform learning worldwide. Their vision is a world where people think for themselves and can confidently ask questions, evaluate answers, and understand the world around them. They value lifelong learning and teaching, curiosity and inquiry, the community, iteration and evidence, integrity and authenticity, sustainability, and inclusion and respect.

The Exploratorium creates tools and experiences that help visitors become active explorers, including hundreds of explore-for-yourself exhibits, a website with over 35,000 pages of content, film screenings, evening art and science events for adults, plus much more. They also create professional development programs for educators and are at the forefront of changing the way science is taught.

Exhibits and Events

Since 1969, the Exploratorium has been making hands-on exhibits and now proudly boasts over 650 exhibits currently on display. There are six main galleries, each focused on a different area of exploration. All areas contain interactive exhibits that reward visitor attention and provide a lot of material to think about. Visitors can indulge curiosity and questions as they play with the exhibits and discover new ways to understand how the world works. Museum galleries include "Human Phenomena," "Tinkering, Seeing and Listening, Living Systems, Outdoor Exhibits," and "Observing Landscapes."

"After Dark Thursday Nights" is an ongoing adults-only event that allows visitors to get lost in the Exploratorium's exhibits after dark. The focus theme changes every week and features unique guest speakers, great music, specialty films, and one-of-a-kind activities.

Check out a sneak peek of "After Dark" in the video below:

"Cinema Arts" tests the boundaries of film through performance and inquiry-based programs centered on the moving image. Afternoon screenings capture ideas that animate the Exploratorium with films blending observation, poetry, and surrealism, as well as works that utilize unique, handcrafted processes.

Free your imagination at the Exploratorium at Pier 15!

All information and images courtesy © Exploratorium, www.exploratorium.edu.

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