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Round of Holiday Events and Farewell to the Palace - December 2012

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October 15, 2012

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Round of Holiday Events and Farewell to the Palace - December 2012

A ROUND UP OF EXPLORATORIUM HOLIDAY EVENTS AND HOURS: A Final Farewell to the Exploratorium in the Palace of Fine Arts

Dylan Thomas' A Child's Christmas in Wales (December 22),

The Annual Holiday Animation Film Festival (December 26 - January 1) and a

Farewell to the Palace Film Screening (December 2) rings in the Holidays

Museum Open Daily: December 26-January 2, 2013 (closed Christmas Day)

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 is the Exploratorium's Last Day at the Palace of Fine Arts and it's a Free Day!

Approximately 43 years, 4 months and 13 days (give or take) after a small hardy staff welcomed the public to join in their efforts to “build a museum dedicated to human awareness” the Exploratorium is preparing to move to Pier 15 on the waterfront from its long time home in the Palace of Fine Arts.  For one last visit,  spend your holiday season at the Exploratorium.   As the Exploratorium bids farewell to its home in the Palace, come celebrate with some longstanding film traditions. All events are included in the price of admission to the Exploratorium.

The cinematic festivities begin on Sunday, December 2nd with a cinematic Farewell to the Palace, a collection of short films shot in and around the Palace of Fine Arts, including footage taken at the 1906 Pan Pacific Exhibition, at noon, 2 and 4 pm.

As the holidays approach, don’t miss the sound of Dylan Thomas’s voice on Saturday, December 22, when the Exploratorium screens  A Child’s Christmas in Wales (1963). Directed by Marvin Lightner, this film features a story written and narrated by Dylan Thomas, one that follows a boy’s Christmas time memories in Wales.  The program includes the short, animated film The Sweater (1980, 10 min.), directed by Sheldon Cohen, which is an animated version of a short story by Québec author Roch Carrier, set in the rural Québec of his boyhood. This funny, poignant story is animated in a style that evokes the period of the late 1940s.
Don't miss our week-long Holiday Animation Film Festival, from Wednesday, December 26, 2012 through Tuesday, January 1, 2013 a round up of animated shorts that utilize computers, stop-motion and other animation techniques to capture hilarity in several playful scenarios. Among the shorts to be screened are:  Sour Death Balls (1993, 4 min.), by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Jessica Yu, offers a humorous and quirky look at how people from all ages and backgrounds react to extremely sour candy and Fetch (2001, 5 min.), by Nina Paley, a funny exploration of space involving an animated dog chasing a ball to a lively soundtrack by Nik Phelps and The Sprocket Ensemble.

Say Goodbye to the Palace – Exploratorium’s Last Day is Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Exploratorium Open December 26-January 2 daily

Did you groove to the flashing lights of The Enchanted Tree, or hug the now long-gone tactile one? Do you have stories or photos as an awkward teen on a field trip to the Exploratorium — or a first date with a cocktail in hand from just last year? Share those at the Memory Wall through Monday, December 31.   And on the January 2, don’t miss the final ringing of the closing bell at 5pm.

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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