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Happy 30th birthday to our pioneering website!

Happy 30th birthday to our pioneering website!

Only about 600 websites existed when was launched 

Celebrate our Websites History


SAN FRANCISCO (December 15, 2023) — The Exploratorium, a pioneer in the field of science education, is thrilled to celebrate the 30th anniversary of its seminal website, On December 15, 1993, the Exploratorium made history as one of the first museums to venture onto the World Wide Web, and the institution has continued to be at the forefront of online science education ever since.

To commemorate this milestone, the Exploratorium invites you to take a nostalgic journey back in time and learn more about the humble beginnings of our website, our revolutionary web projects, and a host of fun facts, including:

  • There were only about 600 other sites online when was launched in 1993. (The White House launched its site in 1994.)
  • Site founder Ron Hipschman's persuasive efforts led to the rare and prestigious .edu domain suffix, typically reserved for schools, colleges, and universities.
  • We turned the internet into an “exhibit” in 1994, as most people didn’t own a computer. 
  • Many of our early website projects that explored science, art, and human perception through interactive experiences were funded by grants from the National Science Foundation and other government agencies.
  • The website has won six Webby Awards since 1997, including four for "Best Science Website" and one for "Best Education Website.”
  • Today, the Exploratorium's website draws 13 million visitors annually.

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About the Exploratorium

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The Exploratorium is a portal to the astonishing scientific phenomena that animate our world and shape our actions. We create extraordinary learning experiences that ignite curiosity, upend perceptions, and inspire brave leaps forward. Since 1969, the Exploratorium’s museum in San Francisco has been home to a renowned collection of exhibits that draw together science, art, and human perception, and that have changed the way science is taught. Our award-winning programs provide a forum for the public to engage with artists, scientists, policymakers, educators, and tinkerers to explore the world around them. We celebrate diversity of thought, inspired investigation, and collaboration across all boundaries.

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