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Website at a Glance

For Immediate Release:
August 27, 2008

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Website at a Glance


· The Exploratorium website launched in December 1993 and was the first independent science museum to build a site on the World Wide Web.

· The Exploratorium website averages over 20 million visitors per year.

· The Exploratorium website has over 25,000 pages.

· The website contains over 400 webcasts, over 100 podcasts, more than 500 hands-on activities, and more than 300 video clips.

· The Exploratorium website has provided coverage of solar eclipses in Aruba, Turkey, Zambia, and China. Over 500,000 visitors viewed the eclipse on the web and millions more saw it on television worldwide.

· The Exploratorium’s website received the Webby Award for Education in 2002. It also received the Webby Award for Best Science Site three years in a row (1997–1999), and in 2004. The Science of Hockey website was nominated for the Webby Award for Best Sports Site in 1998.

· The Exploratorium website was recognized as an Official Honoree in three categories for the 2007 Webby Awards: Science, Education, and Best Visual Design -- Function. It was also recognized in three categories in 2008.

· The Exploratorium’s website received three MUSE awards from the American Association of Museums: a gold award for the Science of Gardening, a bronze award for the Science of Music, and a bronze award for Extremophiles in Kamchatka.

· The Exploratorium’s Global Climate Change site won a 2002 Pirelli INTERNETional Award for environmental publishing.

· The Exploratorium’s website was named to "Top 100 Educational Websites of 2005" by Homeschool.com

· The Exploratorium’s Saturn: Jewel of the Solar System website received the Scientific American Science and Technology Award for 2004 in the astronomy category.

· The Exploratorium website received the 2000 ASTC Award for Innovation.

· The Exploratorium website was a finalist in the category of Media Arts and Entertainment for the 1999 Smithsonian Computerworld Award and became part of the Smithsonian's 1999 Permanent Research Collection.

· The Science of Baseball website is one of only 13 award recipients from a field of more than 15,000 entries t selected for a Distinctive Merit Award from the 78th Annual Art Directors Awards presented in 1999.


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
(415) 528-4444 telephone

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