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Valentine’s Ultimate Date Tours – February 11, 12, and 14, 2012

For Immediate Release:
January 17, 2012

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Valentine’s Ultimate Date Tours – February 11, 12, and 14, 2012

The Ultimate Date Tour at the Exploratorium
February 11, 12 and 14th, 2012

Looking to come up with something new and inspiring to take your special someone on Valentine's Day? The Exploratorium has you covered with the Ultimate Date Tour – a steamy walk through the museums most romance-worthy exhibits. See the inner workings of hearts and flowers.  You can also discover your genetic secrets by taking part in  "Your Family Jewels: DNA Extraction," where a simple swish of spit renders a library of personal details! Then witness the fertilization of live sea urchin eggs  - which happen to be incredibly similar to human eggs.

There is more to a bouquet of flowers then just a beautiful thing to give as an expression of love. Come discover the purpose behind their allure as staff Explainers dissect one for you, and uncover the mechanisms behind plant reproduction.  Want to better under the muscle that is both a metaphor for love, and the pump that keeps us alive? Now you’ll have a chance at seeing a heart dissection, where Explainers will focus on showing you the details and the function of its parts. (Hearts for dissection come from slaughterhouses, where they would usually be thrown away).

In addition to the tours and dissection talks, the Exploratorium's Cinema Arts Department will be screening Helen Hill’s visually stunning multi-media film, The Florestine Collection, (2010). This  experimental work has a truly heartfelt story, and a bitter sweet back-story. The film, utilizing a collage of animation, found footage and home movies in super8 and 16mm, tells the story of a forgotten seamstress in New Orleans. Tragically, Hills died during the making of this work, and her husband, out of love for her, recently finished the film. Don’t miss this chance to see The Florestine Collection.

See Schedule Below:

Ultimate Date Tour (English Only)
Saturday & Sunday: 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00pm
Tuesday: 3:00 and 4:00pm

Your Family Jewels: DNA Extraction (English Only)
Saturday & Sunday: Noon and 2:00pm
Tuesday: 11:30am and 12:30pm

Flower Dissection
Saturday & Sunday: 12:30 and 2:30pm (English/Spanish)
1:30 and 3:30pm (English/Chinese

Tuesday: 10:30am and Noon (English/Spanish)
11:00am and 1:00pm (English/Chinese)
1:30, 2:30 and 3:30pm (Spanish upon Request)

Heart Dissection
Saturday & Sunday: 1:00 and 3:00pm (English/Spanish)
Tuesday: 2:00 and 3:00pm (Spanish upon Request)

Sea Urchin Egg Fertilization
Saturday & Sunday: 2:15pm
Tuesday: 11:30am and 2:15pm

The Florestine Collection (English Only)
Saturday & Sunday: Noon and 2:00pm
Tuesday: Noon and 2:00pm

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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San Francisco
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