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Exploratorium's Tactile Dome Keeps Visitors In the Dark

For Immediate Release:
October 01, 2007

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Exploratorium's Tactile Dome Keeps Visitors In the Dark

A Cool Place to Visit in the Season of Halloween

An old saying, perhaps meant to provide comfort, goes, "There's nothing there in the dark that isn't there in the light." At the Exploratorium's legendary Tactile Dome, however, there's never any light, and visitors are never quite sure what's there as they feel their way through twisting passageways, chutes and rooms, guided only by their sense of touch.

Since 1971, the Tactile Dome has been drawing visitors for an experience that in 1970s-speak has been described as "transcendent." Designed by August Coppola (father of actor Nicolas Cage and brother of director Francis Ford Coppola), the exhibit challenges visitors to negotiate its 13-chambered, pitch-black interior filled with textures and objects that at times seem familiar, but for which a definitive understanding is always just out of reach.
$17 covers admission to the Tactile Dome and the Exploratorium. Reservations are available by calling (415) 561-0362, Monday through Friday, between 10am and 5pm. Reservations are for 1 hour and 15 minute sessions; private rentals are limited to a minimum of 15 or a maximum of 20 participants. Tactile Dome hours extend to 6:45pm on Friday and Saturday.

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.

Pier 15
San Francisco
California 94111
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