Themes Range from Classic Science and Perception to Human Behavior and Observation
When the Exploratorium opens on April 17, 2013 at Pier 15, the landmark museum will have three times more space overall than its previous home, and 150 brand-new exhibits amongst more than 600 that will be on view. For the first time, the Exploratorium expands its investigations into the bay, city, and outdoor landscape. The Exploratorium’s indoor and outdoor spaces are divided into six main galleries:
• Bernard and Barbro Osher West Gallery – Human Behavior
Curated by senior artist Pamela Winfrey and social psychologist Hugh McDonald, Ph.D., Principal Investigator of the NSF-funded Science of Sharing project, this gallery focuses on the art and science of human behavior.
• Bechtel Central Gallery – Seeing & Listening
This familiar “core” of the Exploratorium, expanding with many new exhibits, is curated by Thomas Humphrey, Ph.D., and Richard Brown, Ph.D., and serves as a public laboratory for investigation into physics and human perception of light and sound.
• East Gallery – Living Systems
Led by Kristina Yu, Ph.D. and Jennifer Frazier, Ph.D., the expanded Life Sciences section is a working laboratory where visitors can experience the beauty and complexity of life through interactive investigations of living organisms.
• South Gallery – Maker Culture in The Tinkering Studio™:
The public workshop area where visitors can engage in learning by making directly adjacent to where Exploratorium exhibits are built. Led by Karen Wilkinson and Mike Petrich, The Tinkering Studio™ is where museum visitors can build, make, hack, create, invent and experiment.
• Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery – Observing the Landscape:
An all-glass gallery that becomes a transparent lens to both the waterfront and the cityscape, providing visitors an opportunity to observe the science of the bay, the landscape and the human impact that has shaped the Bay Area. Led by Senior Artist Susan Schwartzenberg with Sebastian Martin, Ph.D., exhibits, instruments and artworks for observing give visitors a 360-degree view of the natural and built worlds.
• Outdoor Gallery:
For the first time ever the Exploratorium will have outdoor learning exhibits, curated by Senior Artist Shawn Lani. The Outdoor Gallery includes ticketed space and 1.5 acres of free space, beckoning visitors to investigate exhibits about water, fog, wind, rain, daily cycles of the sun and more.
Also of note
• Net Zero Energy Goal:
The Exploratorium’s goal is be to the largest net-zero energy museum in the US if not the world. Click here to see the Net Zero press kit.
Curiosity Catering, comprised of award-winning food service group Bon Appétit and acclaimed San Francisco chef Loretta Keller of COCO500 collaborate to redefine the museum dining experience with seasonable and sustainable cuisine inspired by science in the seismic joint café on the Embarcadero, and the SEAGLASS Restaurant.
• Exploratorium Store:
The store is an extension of the museum experience, with its own unique exhibits and items organized by concept, phenomena or story.
Expanded details to be released April 9, 2013
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