For Immediate Release:
January 01, 2013
Jenny Slafkosky (415) 528-4367
Exploratorium Explainers Popping Up Across San Francisco
Spontaneous Science Events On City Streets January – March, 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.
From January through March, Exploratorium Explainers will be popping up with cool demonstrations in neighborhoods and key locations throughout San Francisco, to bring the Exploratorium’s signature blend of fun, science and participation to passers-by. It all begins with a Pop Up Processional on January 3rd, the day after the museum closes. Explainers will gather at the Palace of Fine Arts between 10:30 and 11:00 a.m., and gradually make their way across the city, stopping at Fort Mason Green and the Pier 39 area to engage passers by with special activities, before ending at the Exploratorium’s new home at Pier 15 between 2:30 and 3 p.m. True to the nature of all pop up activities, the times and locations will remain fluid, and the Explainers will tweet their locations at http://twitter.com/theexplainers.
Throughout the rest of January, February and March, the Explainers will bring their site-specific activities to key locations throughout San Francisco, such as Union Square, Ghirardelli Square, and Aquatic Park. Donning bright orange vests just as they do at the museum, Exploratorium Explainers will help people trace shadows, observe clouds, or offer up a quick lesson on perception by performing magic tricks. These activities are designed to make people notice and engage with the world around them, and see the everyday world in a whole new way.
Explainers will tweet their locations each week, at http://twitter.com/theexplainers. In January locations will vary throughout San Francisco. In February and March, the Explainers will spend most of their time along the Embarcadero and in front of Pier 15, the Exploratorium’s future home.
Hours of Operation & New Evening Hours
Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm; every Thursday evening adults only (ages 18 and up) 6pm-10pm.
$25 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.
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.
Linda Dackman, Public Information Director (415) 528-4363
Leslie Patterson (415) 528-4377
Jenny Slafkosky (415) 528-4367