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The Exploratorium moved to Pier 15 on the Embarcadero, which runs along the city's historic eastern waterfront. With three times the space, the Exploratorium has expanded its exhibit experience, both inside and outdoors, and has enhanced access to new learning opportunities. This location also offers greater visitor access from around the Bay and beyond.

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Exploratorium at the Piers:  The Fog Bridge at the Exploratorium (Clip)
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Fog Bridge #72494 | Artist: Fujiko Nakaya | Fujiko Nakaya’s fog installation stretches across the 150-foot-long pedestrian bridge that spans the water between Piers 15 and 17. Water pumped at high pressure through more than 800 nozzles shrouds participants in mist and puts their own perceptions at the center of their experience.

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Date: June 3, 2013
Format: Exhibit
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Art

Keywords: fog bridge, fog, fujiko nakaya


Exploratorium at the Piers:  Building the Exploratorium at Pier 15: Timelapse (Clip)
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Watch the Exploratorium's construction process from December 2010 to November 2012 in under two minutes. Come see for yourself—doors open at Pier 15 on April 17, 2013. http://press.exploratorium.edu/exploratoriums-net-zero-energy-goal-for-new-waterfront-home-2013/ Images courtesy of Ken Murphy. Music by Wayne Grim.

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Date: February 7, 2013
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): general Science,

Keywords: time-lapse, photography, construction, pier 15, exploratorium, water, tides, waves, embarcadero, wide shot,


Exploratorium at the Piers:  Exploratorium at Pier 15: Green Machine (Clip)
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Catch a sneak peak of our new nine-acre campus at Piers 15/17 with Building Operations Manager Chuck Mignacco. Learn about features of the building that will help us achieve our goal of becoming the largest net-zero energy use museum in the United States. Come see for yourself—doors open at Pier 15 on April 17, 2013.

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Date: February 6, 2013
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science

Keywords: green technology, chuck mignacco, net-zero energy, exploratorium, engineering, pier 15, heating, cooling, design, architecture, facilities, embarcadero, san francisco, waterfront


Exploratorium at the Piers:  A Joint Effort (Clip)
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The Exploratorium’s new home has an ace up its sleeve for the next big earthquake—a single seismic joint, 300 feet long and two feet wide, will isolate the entire pier structure from the rest of San Francisco. Watch here as the bulkhead at Pier 15 is readied for the installation of the seismic joint.

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Date: November 20, 2012
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science

Keywords: exploratorium, pier 15, earthquake, engineering, construction, port of san francisco, cutting concrete, seismic joint


Exploratorium at the Piers:  The Fries Bridge is Installed (Clip)
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The waters of San Francisco Bay are making a dramatic comeback as workers slowly remove a 1950s-era paved deck from between Piers 15 and 17 on the historic Embarcadero, at the site of the Exploratorium’s new home. In early November 2011, the east bridge, dedicated to the Fries family by San Francisco philanthropist Bill Fries, was put in place, connecting the terrace of the new Pier 15 Bay Observatory building to the adjacent side of Pier 17. When the museum opens in the spring of 2013, this bridge will offer prime views of the City and the Bay.

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Date: January 5, 2012
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
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Keywords: exploratorium, san francisco bay, construction, bridge, piers 15 and 17, port of san francisco


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Exploratorium at the Piers:  Jitterbugging: Pouring Concrete at the Piers (Clip)
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Pouring concrete is an ongoing feature of construction at the Piers. This footage, captured in July 2011, shows the well-choreographed process involved, from pumping the concrete into rebar-latticed slabs via remote-controlled overhead boom, to vibrating the concrete to get rid of air pockets, to flattening the surface using 2x4s (“screed”) and rakes (“come-along tools”), to tamping in (“jitterbugging”) bits of sand and gravel, to the final smoothing and leveling of the finished surface. This pour created an extension to the southeast apron of Pier 15, adjacent to what will become the East Gallery.

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Date: November 23, 2011
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
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Keywords: exploratorium, port of san francisco, piers 15 and 17, construction, concrete pouring


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Exploratorium at the Piers:  A New Perspective on Construction (Clip)
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Take a look at the construction at Piers 15 and 17 from a different vantage point. This past August we recorded video of the Exploratorium's new home from a boat about 100 yards off the back of the piers.

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Date: October 17, 2011
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
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Keywords: construction, exploratorium, san francisco, piers 15 and 17, san francisco, bay, water, ocean, piers, embarcadero, port


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Exploratorium at the Piers:  NBC News: Exploratorium Move (Clip)
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A news clip by NBC on the Exploratorium's move to Pier 15

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Date: September 20, 2011
Format: Interview
Category: Popular Culture
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Keywords: exploratorium, pier 15, piers, nbc news, press clip, press, kntv


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Exploratorium at the Piers:  Palace of Fine Arts at Pier 15 (Clip)
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Weaving our present location with our future location.

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Date: August 10, 2011
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
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Keywords: palace of fine arts, pier 15


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Exploratorium at the Piers:  Exploratorium at the Piers: The Observatory Takes Shape (Clip)
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Framing of the Exploratorium's Observatory Building, the only completely new construction at at the piers, began in April 2011. Iron workers placed various sizes of steel beams in piles around the concrete base of the Observatory. Then, while a crane raised and held each beam aloft, the workers used metal spikes to line up the holes of the beams and inserted bolts, tightening them down to tie the structure together. Because the Observatory Building is less than two stories tall, the iron workers were allowed to shimmy across the beams without harnesses. Once this process was finished, the beams were plumbed and welded together.

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Date: July 14, 2011
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science

Keywords: construction, beams, framing, iron workers, exploratorium, san francisco, piers 15 and 17, observatory


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