Exploratorium - situated in downtown San Francisco at Piers 15 & 17, isn't just a museum… it's an ongoing exploration of science... art... human perception... and more…
For example… imagine yourself in the middle of the vast Pacific Ocean.
You've been sailing for weeks... and there's no land in sight.
Do you know where you are?
Do you know which way to go?
Now imagine you're navigating without any…
All you have to rely on is just your direct sense of observation alone.
Finding your clues in the rising and setting of the sun, moon, and stars… as well as the ocean swells, the winds, the currents, and the birds.
Could you do it?
Well... that's the way the Polynesians found their way across the Pacific Ocean.
And today… those traditional Polynesian navigation techniques are experiencing a comeback across Polynesia… especially in Hawaii.
So… what do you say we find out how they do it… okay?
… an eye-opening… always-changing… playful place to explore and tinker.
A vast collection of online interactive exhibits, activities, programs, and events that feeds your curiosity.
Some say it feels more like a play house than a museum… with lots of interactive exhibits.
You see… the museum explores the complexity of the natural world by challenging you to engage your mind and curiosity.
Journey to the bottom of the ocean… the farthest reaches of space… and everywhere in between without getting wet or leaving Mother Earth.
Touch and tinker with hundreds of playful interactive exhibits of science, technology, art, nature, and human perception.
With over 650 interactive exhibits in the areas of science, art, and human perception, it's great fun for kids… and for you grownups who still feel like a kid at heart.
Sitting on over 9 acres of real estate… it’s tempting to call this place a children’s science museum… but that's not completely true.
Nothing in it is aimed at just kids - alone - at the expense of adults.
What it is… is a child-friendly science museum. Their exhibits invite you to touch-n-feel them.
… thought-provoking exhibits… tools… and experiences to ignite your curiosity… encourage exploration… and lead to profound learning.
Many exhibits are - straightforward science education… like the enormous parabolic mirror… originally designed for use in a flight simulator.
It somehow creates a 3D space that you walk into… letting you be one with your reflection.
Razor sharp, it feels like real life — except for the fact that you're seeing everything upside-down.
Then... marvel at the miniature display of the city of San Francisco… created using over 105,387 toothpicks and Elmer’s glue.
It took 37 years to complete. And… includes ramps where ping-pong balls tour the city.
At the end of Pier 15, the Bay Observatory offers views of both San Francisco and the Bay from a brightly lit room with a range of exhibits… including a ship tracker that visualizes the GPS traces of boats moving on the bay.
A library of maps and other documents capture the local landscapes.
In one corner... a projection system shines down from the ceiling on an elegant wooden topographic map carved from solid maple using a numerically controlled router.
Imagine... crawling... sliding... and bumping your way through the pitch-dark dome using just your sense of touch - as your only guide - through its chambers and mazes.
But... just so you know... you have to get reservations to explore the Tactile Dome.
… each focusing on something different. Imagine…
Bring kids if you have them… but don’t worry if you don’t — cause you'll be as amazed and captivated as any child would be.
And besides... on Thursdays from 6pm to 10pm, the museum is open only to those 18 and above.
As you can see… there's lots to see and do at the Exploratorium.
So... what are you waiting for... let’s go!