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Exploratorium to Develop "Science of Sharing"

For Immediate Release:
December 02, 2011

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Exploratorium to Develop "Science of Sharing"

Exploratorium to develop Science of Sharing Project
Experiments and activities prompting investigation of human interaction
Utilizing a $2.3 million National Science Foundation grant

With multi-year support from the National Science Foundation, San Francisco’s Exploratorium — museum of science, art and human perception, long acknowledged as the prototype for participatory museums around the world — will be launching the Science of Sharing project. It is based on the idea that human social behavior is open to inquiry and experimentation, just as are the physical and perceptual phenomena of light, sound, and motion for example.  Science of Sharing will integrate traditional exhibits and artworks with social experiments and activities to prompt investigation of human interaction, awareness of the techniques of studying thought and behavior, as well as encourage reflection on the interplay between science, society and culture.

Ultimately, elements of psychology, cognition, perception, complexity and social science will merge in a future single gallery — a gallery of human phenomena. An example of one of the planned temporary exhibitions, The Changing Face of What is Normal, will prompt reflection on how individuals and societies define the normal, the deviant, and the pathological. The Exploratorium’s Dr. Hugh McDonald, co-curator of the future gallery will be working with such consulting experts as Stanford’s Dr. Philip Zimbardo, famous for his mock, prison-guard experiment.

The $2.3 million grant for Science of Sharing runs to August 2014. The Exploratorium’s primary partner is the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, NC. Other collaborators include the Heroic Imagination Project in San Francisco and Dialogue Social Enterprise in Germany.

The Exploratorium, founded by noted physicist and educator Frank Oppenheimer, opens in a new home at Piers 15-17 on San Francisco’s historic waterfront in Spring 2013. A gallery of human phenomena is one of several new themes and galleries to be explored when the expanded Exploratorium debuts.  The Exploratorium remains open in its current home until early January 2013.

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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