It has been 35 years and I believe the late Abbie Hoffman summed it up best when he said “The lesson of the sixties is that people who cared enough to do right could change history.”
The Exploritorium is often referred to as the museum of science, art and human perception!
The Exploratorium was the brainchild of Frank Oppenheimer. At various times, Dr. Oppenheimer was a professor, a high school teacher, a cattle rancher, and an experimental physicist.
While teaching at a university, Frank developed a “library of experiments” that enabled his students to explore scientific phenomena at their own pace, following their own curiosity. Alarmed by the public’s lack of understanding of science and technology, Frank used this model to create the Exploratorium, believing that visitors could learn about natural phenomena and gain confidence in their ability to understand science, and the world. This was a groundbreaking idea for a science museum in 1969 when the Exploratorium opened. And the rest is history.
The Exploratorium is located at the Palace of Fine Arts, 3601 Lyon Street, San Francisco, CA 94123. It uses 110,000 square feet of floor space within San Francisco’s historic Palace of Fine Arts, plus offices and exhibit building shops in adjacent Presidio buildings. Facilities include:
- Phyllis C. Wattis Webcast Studio
- machine, wood, and electronics shops
- life sciences laboratory
- 125-seat McBean Theater
- 9 wired classroom
Museum Hours Open Tuesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Closed Mondays (except certain holidays)
- Closed Thanksgiving
- Closed Christmas Day
- Plenty of free nearby parking.
For a detailed list of holiday hours, visit our events calendar.
General Admission Prices
|Student (18+ with ID)
|Youth (ages 13-17)
People with Disabilities
|Children (ages 4-12)||$10.00|
|Children (3 and under)||FREE|
|Tactile Dome (7+; general admission included)||$20.00|
Become a member
For more information about the Exploratorium visit: http://www.exploratorium.edu/
I have decided to do posts about my beloved hometown, San Francisco and all the things that I love from A to Z.
Alcatraz aka “The Rock” is one of the most traveled tourist attractions in San Francisco. Alcatraz Island offers a close-up look at the site of the first lighthouse and US built fort on the West Coast, the infamous federal penitentiary long off-limits to the public, and the 18 month occupation by Indians of All Tribes, which saved the tribes.
Alcatraz is 1.5 miles off the coast of San Francisco. Rich in history, Alcatraz was once the prison home of: Robert Franklin Stroud (the Birdman of Alcatraz), George “Machine Gun” Kelly, and Bumpy Johnson. There is also a natural side to “The Rock”, there are beautiful gardens, tide pools, bird colonies (brown pelicans), and bay views beyond compare.
There is no entrance fee to Alcatraz, however there is $10.00 round-trip ferry fee to and from the island.