Members Only: Exploring Acoustics, Patterns, and Vibrations

A Celebration of Ernst Chladni’s Birthday

Saturday, November 30, 2013 • 9:30–10:30 a.m.
Exploratorium, Pier 15
$10 Adult /$8 Youth. Please contact the Reservations Office at 415-528-4444 or by email to reserve your spot.
All Ages

Note: This exclusive tour is offered to Members only. Enter the Exploratorium through the museum’s historic Pier 15 Bulkhead for this special, before-hours event.

Join us for an in-depth exploration of beauty and sound. A physicist and musician, Ernst Florens Friedrich Chladni’s experiments with resonance and the speed of sound have led to his being called the “father of acoustics.” Chladni has inspired countless fans including science educators and artists at the Exploratorium. His method of visualizing vibration is the basis for a handful of popular museum exhibits, including examples that date back to the early 1970s as well as one of the newest works of art on the museum floor.

Exploring Acoustics, Patterns, and Vibrations examines the development of several sound-based exhibits–from imagination to construction–through the lens of Chladni-inspired pieces. Join us and learn about the Exploratorium’s Artist-in-Residence Program that has created many wonderful exhibits, and the Visitor Research and Evaluation Program that has revitalized experiments throughout the years so that they are more engaging for our guests. Ernst Chladni would have been 257 years young this year.

Our Members-only Saturday Morning Tours give Exploratorium Members a special chance to have the museum to themselves before we open to the public. These 45-minute tours meet at 9:30 a.m., allowing for uninterrupted exploration in the museum’s galleries before the museum opens to the public at 10:00 a.m.