Opening Day Festivities (April 17)

April 17, 2013

Exploratorium, Pier 15

Welcome to our new home at Pier 15; here's how we celebrated this historic day.

Location: Exploratorium, Pier 15
Map of the Exploratorium Campus

Daytime Programs and Events

9:00 a.m.
Opening Ceremonies

Mayor Ed Lee, Exploratorium Board Chair George Cogan, and Exploratorium Executive Director Dennis Bartels gave opening remarks. A bronze bell created by artist Nick DiPhillipo and cast at The Crucible, an industrial arts organization in Oakland, rang for the first time. Ceremonies concluded with the activation of Fog Bridge #72494, an installation by artist Fujiko Nakaya.
The Plaza (invitation only; visible from some public areas)

10:00 a.m.
Museum Opened to the Public

The museum was open until 10:00 p.m.

10:00 a.m. until dark
Rangoli with Artist Purvi Shah and Volunteers from the India Community Center
(Milpitas, CA)
For thousands of years, Indian women have created elaborate designs called rangoli for auspicious occasions. This traditional welcoming design was completed over several hours and remained on view throughout the day.
South Apron of Bay View Walk

10:00 a.m. until dark
Outdoor Demonstrations and Activities with Exploratorium Explainers

Explainers led hands-on activities for visitors waiting in line and provided interactive demos such as Observing Clouds and Finding North.
The Plaza

11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
5:00–7:00 p.m.
Hands-on Activities with Explorables Volunteers

Visitors made classic tools and toys for observation, discovery, and play.
The Plaza and Outdoor Gallery (ticketed area)

3:00–7:00 p.m.
KPOO Live Broadcast with Donald E. Lacy, Jr.

Visitors shared their favorite Exploratorium story with KPOO-89.5 FM listeners.
The Plaza

Evening Programs

8:30 and 9:30 p.m.
This World Made It Self and Myth and Infrastructure
Animation and Performance by Artist Miwa Matreyek
As artist Miwa Matreyek steps behind the screen, her shadow becomes an integral part of her animated worlds.
Outdoor Gallery (ticketed area; visible from some public areas)

8:30–11:00 p.m.
Art, Design, Nature, and Technology at Scale by Obscura Digital

Internationally recognized creative technology innovators Obscura Digital transform the historic façade of Pier 15 into a spellbinding, visual odyssey through micro and macro phenomena.
In front of Pier 15