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The Exploratorium Memory Wall

For Immediate Release:
May 22, 2012

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The Exploratorium Memory Wall

Exploratorium Memory Wall
July 3 — December 31. 2012
Virtual Memory Wall at:  http://memorywall.exploratorium.edu/


Did you groove to the flashing lights of The Enchanted Tree in 1970?  Do you have stories or (worse yet) photos as an awkward teen on an Exploratorium field trip? Did you meet the love of your life in Personal Space at the Psychology show in 1993? Or encase yourself in a bubble in 1983 at the Bubble Fest?  And we’ve heard all those myths about the Tactile Dome. We invite you to share those memories at The Memory Wall.

The Memory Wall is an installation-invitation to the public to take a look back at how the Exploratorium has been a part of our personal histories.  Functioning as a tribute that blends traditional storytelling with the pin board concept, visitors are invited to write down memories of visits to the Exploratorium, going all the way back to its opening in 1969. From birthday parties in the Tactile Dome, funny prom moments under the Skylight, and most importantly, great aha moments of science understanding inspired by an exhibit, these stories will be posted for others to read and rekindle their own distant and new memories. The Memory Wall will exist both on the museum exhibition floor, and online, from July 3 through December 31, 2012.

The physical Memory Wall will be located just past the Exploratorium Store, near the popular Tornado exhibit. From 2 - 4 pm, on Saturdays and Sundays, Exploratorium Explainers will help visitors with capturing and posting their memories.  Visitors can also leave copies of photos and other mementos for inclusion on the wall in a drop box near the wall during the rest of the week.

The virtual Memory Wall goes live on July 3rd, 2012.  Go to http://memorywall.exploratorium.edu/ . This virtual pin board will allow visitors to share scanned images and post videos taken over the years at the Exploratorium.

Now 70% complete, the Exploratorium will relocate to Pier 15 on the Embarcadero in Spring 2013.  The Exploratorium remains open at its beloved Palace of Fine Arts home through January 2, 2013.

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

Admission
$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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