Since 1969, the Exploratorium has produced over 1,000 engaging and innovative, interactive exhibits about Science, Art and Human Perception. Our exhibits provide engaging experiences for visitors of all ages, and are valuable teaching tools for schools and universities as well. In addition to exhibits, we offer something that no one else can; educational training, programs, workshops and professional development to make your space a thriving and dynamic environment for visitors and staff. It is our mission to help you be successful, not only now, but well into the future.
February 5, 2012 - Arkansas museums gather for tinkering By Aiona Bones
The Exploratorium is working with museums across the state of Arkansas to create spaces for open ended making at the intersection of art, science, and technology. While the studios’ infrastructure is being sawed, drilled and bolted together in San Francisco, the folks in Arkansas have been just as busy preparing themselves to direct and facilitate [...]
January 25, 2012 - Arkansas Takes On Tinkering By Aiona Bones
Visitors wandered in to The Museum of Discovery’s new tinkering studio this month for the first time, some pulling rambunctiously on their parent’s shirt sleeves, while others poked around with tentative curiosity. Before long a young contingent had made the commitment to sit down and build something.
While the visitors tinkered, a small team of facilitators, [...]
October 27, 2011 - Color Uncovered: The Exploratorium’s First iPad App Takes Off By Aiona Bones
Color Uncovered, the Exploratorium’s very first iPad app, was released last week and was quickly downloaded by scores of curious users. It currently sits at #1 for free educational apps, much to the excitement of Exploratorium staff, who volleyed emails back and forth all week, keeping each other posted on its current rating as it [...]
October 12, 2011 - The Passing of The Torch, The Exploratorium Gets New Explainers By Aiona Bones
Here in San Francisco the rains have just started. That’s how I know that summer is officially over. The days are getting shorter, the tourists have gone home, the children have started school, and the rest of us have unpacked our rain gear. In the museum business this also means that field trip season is [...]
September 12, 2011 - Prototyping New Ideas: Zoetrope and Cycloid Station By Aiona Bones
ExNET has been working on designing two new activities for our traveling tinkering show, and I recently had the opportunity to join forces with the Exploratorium Tinkering Studio team to prototype them on the floor. It was both fun and profoundly useful to see them in action, and we’re planning on doing more prototyping together [...]