Middle Ground Opening Week

August 14–18, 2019 • 8:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.

San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin Street


All Ages

Note: This offsite exhibition is located on the Larkin Street steps of the San Francisco Main Library.

Join us for the opening weekend of Middle Ground, an exciting new outdoor exhibition on the Larkin Street steps of the San Francisco Main Library.

Whether you’re a denizen of the densest urban metropolis or the smallest small town, no person is an island. What goes into the stories we tell ourselves about other people—whether they’re on the streets we share, in our memories and our newsfeeds, or on the other side of the world?

Social scientists have studied how we think, feel, and behave in relation to other people since before the 19th century. Their investigations have shed light on bias and stereotyping, humor and generosity, how we work together, and how we pull apart into tribes. This summer, the Exploratorium invites you to pull up a chair and dive into Middle Ground, an exploration into these topics and more in the middle of San Francisco’s vibrant Civic Center.

This free, yearlong offsite exhibition includes over a dozen interactive experiences to get you thinking about how you think—and how we interact with others as we go about our daily lives.

Middle Ground is made possible by a grant from the National Science Foundation (award #1713638).