In partnership with Exploratorium Cinema Arts, Soundwave immerses visitors in a cinematic, surround-sound event exploring ideas about the ecologies, stories, and properties of our most important natural resource—water.
Our Global Studios (the team who helps build exhibits/programs for other science centers, museums & government agencies around the world) is working with the Mid America Science Museum on their renovation. This heavy hunk of coal was donated by Sebastian Mining in Western Arkansas. The teams are collecting geological samples from around the state to show all the different rocks and minerals that live under our feet - limestone, shale, quartz crystals, etc - telling a bit about how they got there, and different ways people use them.
Dahlias, the official flower of San Francisco, are blooming at @GoldenGatePark! Science of Gardening fun facts: the herbaceous perennial plant has been an Aztec epilepsy remedy, a treatment for diabetes and a potato substitute over its many years of cultivation. Learn more here.
Since the Exploratorium opened at its waterfront location more than a year ago, we’ve been engaged in a unique experiment with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Lab in Seattle lent us a beautiful ocean buoy, outfitted with instruments to measure carbon in the ocean and atmosphere. For the last 15 months, it’s been bobbing in all its white and red glory in the lagoon between Piers 15 and 17, occasionally surrounded by mist from the fog bridge art piece.
We’ve reached a milestone with the experiment, the first time we’ve pulled the buoy out of the water for maintenance. It’s a complex choreography of forklift, mobile crane and a balky metal watercraft dubbed “the angry bathtub” to lift the one ton buoy from the water onto our outdoor plaza. Read more.
It’s Thursday, so that means we have to throwback. Here’s an early Exploratorium exhibition, “Limbic System” by artist Tad Bridenthal. Visitors crawled into an infinitely reflecting, dodecahedron sculpture. Each of the twelve sides and twenty vertices featured colored lights and mirrors. We think it was up around 1971. The last shot is of the exterior.
Behind the scenes at the Exploratorium staff offices, you’ll find curious artifacts like this. This guy has travelled with us from the vaults of our old location to Pier 15. Rumor has it that it’s an original NASA early-Apollo era demo suit!
The first 500 digits of π are ready for you to carry in our infamous Pi Day parade kicking off at 1:45pm PDT today! The parade will reach our Pi shrine at 3.14 1:59pm PDT ;). Directly following, free pi(e) for our Free Day guests for as long as 1,500 slices goes… To the irrational, transcendental, and infinite number, Happy Pi Day, from us to you.
"In the mid seventies, the Exploratorium had an early connection (via phone line) to Wordrow Wilson High School and their HP2000c computer. We had a teletype machine in the box the kids are sitting on and we used to demo the computer (programming in BASIC) to people on the [museum] floor. Frank [Oppenheimer] hated it. I loved it…" -Ron Hipschman, the Exploratorium’s original Web Master at its inception in 1993