Taking the Kids to San Francisco's Museums
Ready to tinker?
"This isn't a museum, it's a laboratory where people get together to inspire each other. It isn't like anywhere else," said Tim Humkin, a well-known British engineer, cartoonist and TV personality, who was here as a visiting artist to teach the tinkerers welding -- their creations to become part of a huge whimsical metal arch welcoming visitors to the space.
When the Exploratorium opened in 1969, it served as a prototype for what science museums around the world would eventually become -- a place to interact with exhibits, not just look at them. And that continues today as the museum tests what will work when it moves to its huge new digs on Piers 15 and 17 on the
Whether your kids are science geeks, future engineers or artists, or you just want them to have a unique experience,
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At the Exploratorium's cavernous no-frills space, kids and adults are literally making waves, making a pulley system, making balls "float in the air," making wind, spinning patterns. No one tells them to be quiet.
"We create the experiences," Petrich says, watching the kids in the
"There is not one way to do any project here or approach any exhibit," he added. "The experiences are different for each person."
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