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ColorFest at the Exploratorium Ends - September 2011

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ColorFest at the Exploratorium Ends - September 2011

ColorFest at the Exploratorium Ends on September 5, 2011


Photo by Amy Snyder, © Exploratorium, Exploratorium.eduAs summer winds to a close, there is still time to enjoy Colorfest, at the Exploratorium before it ends on Monday, September 5th. Come and experience light and color in unexpected ways. From perception to pigments, this extravaganza features a full spectrum of over 30 color-related exhibits, demonstrations and much more.  All of which is included with general admission.

On Saturday, September 3, from 1 to 2 p.m. in the McBean Theater, Ron Hipschman, Exploratorium staff physicist, talks about “How Physicists Make Color,” from neon signs to oil slicks to rainbows. He will demonstrate concepts about light, and you’ll get materials to build a spectroscope (which separates light into its component wavelengths).

Also on Saturday, September 3rd – from 12 to 4 p.m., Do or Dye will be held in front of the main entrance to the Exploratorium. Get caught red-handed (or blue-handed) at our outdoor dyeing studio. Experiment with natural dyes and play around with tie-dye, henna, and other techniques. Create a unique keepsake for yourself, and then leave something behind on our communal wall of color.

And, from 12 to 4 pm on Saturday September 3rd, come watch Sinopia founder Alex Warren demonstrate how to create dry pigment hues from natural and artificial ingredients – then turn those into paint. This event is included with museum admission.

ColorFest on the Exploratorium floor features a hands-on exploration of light and color with a number of all new exhibits  - like Nicole Catrett’s Mirrored Pixels, which transforms shadow and light into a pixelated kaleidoscope. Visit some classic Exploratorium exhibits that investigate light and color: At the Sun Painting, one of the museum’s quintessential and always dazzling exhibits, visitors witness sunlight streaming from the museum’s ceiling as it travels through a series of mirrors and prisms. The result is projected as an exploding rainbow of color onto an ever-changing canvas. Discover the colors hidden in white light at Colored Shadows and confront the strange specter of your shadow dancing in six different colors. A visit to Disagreeing about Color reveals the subjectivity of color perception: eleven dots, composed of different mixtures of red and green light, surround a central dot of color. Try to choose which surrounding dot matches that center dot, and chances are you and each of your friends will have a different response. Discover how the first color photograph was produced 150 years ago using the three-color process.

Hours of Operation & New Evening Hours
Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm;  every Thursday evening adults only (ages 18 and up) 6pm-10pm.

$29 for adults, with lower rates for SF Bay Area residents, youth, seniors, students, teachers and the disabled. Tickets available at the door and advance tickets available online at www.exploratorium.edu/visit/tickets.

Getting Here
The Exploratorium is easily accessible by public transit. Convenient parking is available nearby. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit/location-directions

About the Exploratorium
The Exploratorium is the global leader in informal learning, igniting curiosity and inspiring creativity in people of all ages. The world-renowned science museum creates original, interactive exhibits, on display at more than 1,000 science centers, museums and public spaces around the world. Dedicated to education reform in and out of the classroom, the Exploratorium is a premier professional development center for educators and a creator of award-winning educational resources. Since 1969, the Exploratorium has influenced generations of entrepreneurs, artists, scientists, teachers, students, children, museum professionals and everyday doers, reaching nearly 180 million people annually from around the globe. On April 17, 2013, the Exploratorium opened at Pier 15 in the heart of San Francisco's Embarcadero, where it will celebrate a new era of experiences that encourage critical thinking and awaken wonder for generations to come. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit.

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