Today, I want to tell you about a really cool museum called the Exploratorium. The Exploratorium is a science museum that is dedicated to education, discovery, and above all, fun! There are lots of fun interactive exhibits that help you learn about electricity and physics and even histology!!! (yes, I had a little science-gasm). I especially loved the sound wave learning exhibit. It’s a fish tank filled with water with a speaker pushed up against the side. When you turn on the music, the speaker vibrates the tank, moves the water, and allows you to visualize the sound wave. It’s really cool.
Another neat thing is the huge exhibit testing room where employees create new displays for the museum. You get to watch them tinker and play with all their physics equipment. And upstairs there is a biology lab where you can watch the scientists. They have a microscope hooked up to a big TV screen so you can see a magnified image of skin cells or plant fibers.
The Exploratorium is open Tue-Sun and admission is $15 for adults ($10 for the young’ns). I highly recommend that you go on the first Wednesday of the month because admission is FREE! And here’s another helpful tip if you’re visiting the city: you can buy this thing called a City Pass and get saves you 50% on admission to five famous SF museums PLUS a 7-day Muni pass. It’s a *really good* deal, especially if you like art and stuff.
It’s in a giant airplane hanger located in the Marina District right next to the Palace of Fine Arts (3601 Lyon St www.exploratorium.edu). There is a ton of free parking so no worries about trying to find a bus etc. You can also follow them on Twitter, Facebook, and Flickr.
I had the opportunity to attend a party at the Exploratorium. It was, by far, the funnest party I’ve attended all year!! It was a launch party for SocialCam. Of course there was food and drinks, but also a live band, a trampoline, and a real-life Angry Birds game. I had a lot of fun because we could wander around and play with the exhibits during the party. So it gave us something to do and something to talk about. If you’re thinking about throwing a bash sometime, you should definitely have it at the Exploratorium!
In the News:
San Francisco’s Exploratorium earned the National Science Board’s 2011 Public Service award for its “unique contributions to increasing public understanding of science and technology.”
Google donated $2 million each to the Exploratorium and the California Academy of Sciences, part of $12 million in donations it’s made to science museums…This is the first time the company made such a large gift to such institutions.