Final Day at Palace of Fine Arts is a Free Day – January 2, 2013
On January 2, 2013 the iconic Exploratorium will close its doors at the Palace of Fine Arts in preparation for a move to a new home at Pier 15 on San Francisco’s Embarcadero. Yet, intrepid explorers need not fear – those itching for an Exploratorium-style experience prior to the museum’s opening on April 17, 2013, will have multiple opportunities to play, explore and learn with ongoing activities on the streets throughout San Francisco in the coming months.
Exploratorium Explainers will be popping up with cool experiments in neighborhoods, parks and key locations from January through March, bringing the Exploratorium’s signature blend of fun, science and participation to passers-by. On March 10, a fleet of tricked out moving trucks will bring the On the Move pre-opening festival to outside Pier 15 and the Bayview and Mission districts, for a celebration that’s part road show, part street fair, and part chautauqua. Finally, the 25th Annual Pi Day celebration, an Exploratorium-founded “geek” holiday that has achieved international recognition, is an excuse to revel in quirky festivities in honor of mathematical pi, and all puns thereof, on March 14, outside Pier 15. Details include:
Explainer Pop Ups
Date: Ongoing, January-March, 2013
Location: Multiple locations; we’ll tweet our location multiple times each week, so follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/theexplainers
Beginning the week of January 7, 2013, Exploratorium Explainers will be showing up in unexpected places in San Francisco to provide interactive Exploratorium experiences to passers-by. These pop-up, site-specific activities will be designed to make people notice and engage with the world around them, and to shake them out of their normal, everyday routines.
Donning bright orange vests just as they do at the museum, Exploratorium Explainers will help people notice clouds and find North (without a compass or iPhone), among other activities to be announced. Explainers will also visit neighborhoods, challenging San Franciscans to navigate the streets using goofy goggles (glasses that change your view of the world), or offering up a quick lesson on perception by performing magic tricks. In January locations will vary throughout San Francisco. In February and March, they will be spending most of their time along the Embarcadero and in front of Pier 15, the Exploratorium’s future home.
On the Move
Date: March 10, 2013
Time: 11a.m.–10 p.m.
Location: Pier 15 and satellite locations in San Francisco’s Bayview and Mission Districts
The Exploratorium launches public programming outside Pier 15 with On the Move, a pre-opening festival featuring many of the Exploratorium’s favorite exhibits and activities, and more from our friends and partners as well as members of the local arts and science communities. A fleet of moving trucks outfitted with exhibit experiences and programs will be deployed to Pier 15 and locations in Bayview and the Mission District to create an unforgettable event that will include art cars, sidewalk cafes, and marching bands, and that will culminate in a special finale at Pier 15. Festivities take place from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. at the satellite sites and from 11a.m.–10 p.m. in front of Pier 15, the Exploratorium’s new home.
25th Annual Pi Day
Date: March 14, 2013
Time: noon–3 p.m.
Location: Pier 15 Plaza
The Wednesday following On the Move, the Exploratorium celebrates its 25th annual Pi Day. Founded in 1988 by Exploratorium physicist and “Prince of Pi” Larry Shaw, Pi Day has become an international holiday celebrating the spirit of wonder and quirk that science inspires. In addition to providing all the wonderful activities visitors have come to expect from Pi Day, we’ll ceremoniously place the Exploratorium’s beloved bronze Pi Shrine, carried from our old home at the Palace of Fine Arts, into a fitting site at our new home.