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Google Awards Exploratorium $2 Million for Its New Home

For Immediate Release:
April 06, 2011

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Google Awards Exploratorium $2 Million for Its New Home

One of seven gifts totaling $12 million to science-rich museums

Google is awarding $2 million to the Exploratorium in San Francisco, long acknowledged as the prototype for participatory museums around the world and credited with igniting the informal science education movement. Google’s award supports the Exploratorium’s future home on the waterfront at Piers 15 and 17 in San Francisco. Considered a gateway to the city and at the nexus of public transit, this new location will radically improve educational access for all when it opens in 2013.

The Exploratorium is one of seven museums to receive Google Awards totaling $12 million as announced today on the company’s blog. Other museums receiving awards include California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, Friends of Science Museums (for support of the London Museum of Science), Museum of Mathematics in New York, Museum of Science in Boston, Museum of Science & Industry in Chicago, and New York Hall of Science.

Says Michael T. Jones, Chief Technology Advocate at Google, "For Google, museums do more than entertain and teach. Many Googlers cite their own experiences in science museums as a positive influence on their decision to become engineers. By transforming the curious learners of today into the innovators of tomorrow, museums perpetuate both creativity and accomplishment. That’s why I am thrilled that Google is supporting beloved science museums including the Exploratorium."

Piers 15 and 17 will double the museum’s space—including exhibit areas both indoors and outdoors—and triple the Exploratorium’s capacity for teacher development. Today, two out of three teachers are turned away from the Exploratorium’s nationally recognized Teacher Institute. This funding ensures more K-12 science and math teachers will receive premier professional training opportunities.

“Google’s gift greatly advances our ambitious $300 million fundraising campaign,” said Dennis Bartels, Director of the Exploratorium. “It is clear that Googlers believe strongly that the need for international competitiveness in science and technology begins with enthusiasm for science. We look forward to 2013 and to the extraordinary educational campus that their support affords—most importantly, lots of room for learning.”

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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