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Who’s Afraid of Friday the 13th?

For Immediate Release:
May 01, 2005

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Who’s Afraid of Friday the 13th?

Come to the Exploratorium’s Superstition Obstacle Course on Friday, May 13

For many people, Friday the 13th suggests bad luck – but is it really tempting fate to break a mirror? Are you courting disaster by walking under a ladder? And what will really happen to mom if you step squarely on that crack in the sidewalk?

Challenge these and other superstitions at the Exploratorium on Friday, May 13, at a one day Superstition Obstacle Course, from 10am—5pm. You got it, smash a few mirrors, walk under a ladder, step on a few cracks, listen to some bad luck music, spill a little salt, etc. Although these beliefs have little or no rational basis, they influence the thoughts and actions of many. The Exploratorium presents the Obstacle Course and related activities on Friday the 13th as a fun opportunity for visitors to explore their own thinking and behavior.

The Superstition Obstacle Course is part of the Mind Project, a new initiative at the Exploratorium to develop exhibits and programs about attention, emotion, and judgment. A major exhibition will open in 2007. The Mind Project is funded by the National Science Foundation.

Superstition Obstacle Course is inspired by activities developed by CSICOP, the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal.

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
California 94111
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