Note: A ticket to Thursday evening adult-only hours does not guarantee admission to special programs with limited seating. Tickets for limited-capacity programs will be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis.
Explore your inventive side and celebrate the Tinkering Studio’s new book, The Art of Tinkering, featuring 150 artists and makers. Tinkered attire is strongly encouraged.
The Art of Tinkering is here! To celebrate this essential introduction to the seriously playful world of tinkering, we’ve invited makers featured within and without its pages to share their projects with you.
Look for artworks, films, and activities throughout the museum, and engage your manual curiosity with a wealth of tinkering tools and materials. Meet with makers working at the intersection of science, art, and technology, and get inspired to tinker. That is: to go forth, get stuck, get ideas, and ultimately gain insight into the way things work—on your own terms.
The Art of Tinkering was coauthored by Karen Wilkinson and Mike Petrich, Codirectors of the Exploratorium’s Tinkering Studio. Learn more about the Tinkering Studio and its team.
By Peter Hudson
Pole Aerial Photography
With Cris Benton
Holy Trinity of the Dogminican Order
Modified by Olek
Flightless: An Interactive, Roaming Puppetry Game
By Dax Tran-Caffee
Cinema Arts: The Art of Tinkering
With Grace Kim
Musical Performance by Walter Kitundu
Learning Studio, South Gallery
6:00–10:00 p.m. (intermittent)
With Jie Qi
By Danny Scheible
Rolling Through The Bay
By Scott Weaver
Cinema Arts: Stop-Motion Animations
By Mikael Haye
With the Explainers
Cinema Arts: The Way Things Go
By Michael Brown
Ship in a Barrel
By Benjamin Perkins Burke
Eating My Cake and Having It Too
By Benjamin Cowden
By Nemo Gould
By Bernie Lubell
Strobe Flower Lanterns
By Shawn Lani and PJ Reptilehouse
By PJ Reptilehouse
The Papercraft of Otherlife Art
By David Canavese
A History of the Sky
By Ken Murphy
Plus many, many Exploratorium exhibits!