The Exploratorium is open every Wednesday night and on every Thursday for After Dark night. On Wednesdays, the museum is open from 10:00am–10:00pm. Wednesday evening hours are accessible for all ages. For Thursday After Dark nights, the museum closes at 5:00pm and reopens for an adults-only audience (18 and up) from 6:00–10:00pm. Cash bars will operate both Wednesday and Thursday nights.
Beginning in the summer of 2013 Wednesday evenings will feature Cinema Arts screenings for local, adult audiences that incorporate live performances, demonstrations, and engaging discussions on the moving image. Thursday After Dark evenings feature a rotating schedule of programs ranging from intimate interviews to exuberant first Thursday explorations of science and culture. A sample of programs are as follows:
After Dark - Thursday Nights
6-10pm Thursdays, beginning May 2, 2013
After Dark is a Thursday evening series exclusively for adults that mixes cocktails, conversation, and playful, innovative science and art events that range from intimate to spectacular. On the first Thursday of each month After Dark has a special theme, upcoming themes include Boom, Freestyle, Decay, and Glow. Every Thursday After Dark includes a cash bar and an opportunity to play with our hundreds of hands-on exhibits, while on the first Thursday of the month After Dark may also include live performances, provocative films, interesting music, cutting-edge technology or unexpected extravaganzas.
Full-Spectrum Science with Ron Hipschman
7pm on 3rd Thursday of each month, beginning May 16, 2013
In this dynamic series, Exploratorium scientist Ron Hipschman covers different aspects of physics, including sound, color, heat and temperature, and electrostatics. Each hour-long presentation includes hands-on activities and demonstrations. On May 16, attend Making Color to learn the many ways to make color—from neon signs, to oil slicks, to rainbows, and more. Take away materials to build your own spectroscope. You'll see color in a whole new light! On June 20 attend Sound. What is sound? How high a pitch can you hear? Can you measure the speed of sound with a yardstick? Can two sounds add up to no sound? Explore these questions and more in this resonant presentation.
Ways of Knowing
7pm, 2nd Thursday of every other month, beginning September 2013 in the Kanbar Forum
How do daydreams influence discovery? What role does collaboration play in creative research? This new conversation series pairs senior Exploratorium staff with leading scientists, artists, and other innovators to discuss the intellectual and emotional underpinnings of the creative process. Responding to both interviewer and audience questions, guests relate personal strategies, insights, motivations, and experiences informing their work. The series begins on Thursday, September 19, with a conversation between Marina McDougall, Director of the Exploratorium’s new Center for Art & Inquiry, and Japanese artist Fujiko Nakaya, creator of the Fog Bridge. Subsequent events in the series follow the planned schedule on the second Thursday of every other month.
Conversations about Landscape
6-9pm, September 18, October 23, November 13 and December 11, 2013 in the Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery
Conversations between such professionals as ecologists, geographers, biologists, and landscape architects concerning issues of the contemporary landscape. Funded by Coastal Conservancy and The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.
Off the Screen: A Salon for Cinephiles
7pm, Wednesdays beginning October 2, 2013 in the Kanbar Forum
Films will range from feature-length documentaries to animated shorts and are accompanied by live performances, demonstrations, and engaging discussions in this weekly Cinema Arts series. Evocative and experimental works are the focus, as well as collaborations with local filmmakers.
Note: From June–September Cinema Arts will present a variety of screenings in advance of the official October premiere of its weekly series. Please check the online calendar for the latest film schedule.
Resonance, hosted by Sarah Cahill
7pm on 2nd Thursday of every other month, beginning October 10, 2013 in the Kanbar Forum
Hosted by pianist and music critic Sarah Cahill, this acoustically rich program mixes guest artists’ music and interviews before a live audience. The show is accompanied by online episodes and site-specific sound installations that showcase work by local and visiting artists and composers. Resonance is inspired in part by the acclaimed Exploratorium series Speaking of Music (1983-1992) curated by Charles Amirkhanian.
Landscape as Memory
Occasional Wednesday evenings, beginning Fall 2013 in the Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery
Talks in the Fisher Bay Observatory with special guests.
7pm on 4th Thursday of each month, beginning in December 2013 in the Kanbar Forum
In this current science series, explore the latest research and its implications with staff scientists and local experts. Through interviews and moderated discussions, guest scientists introduce cutting-edge work being conducted in the Bay Area and beyond, sharing findings on stem cells, aging, climate science, cognition, and more. Each program concludes with a Q&A, welcoming audience curiosity and concerns about the impacts of scientific discoveries on everyday life.
Full-Spectrum Science with Ron Hipschman
2pm on 3rd Sunday of each month beginning May 19, 2013
In this dynamic series, Exploratorium scientist Ron Hipschman covers different aspects of physics, including sound, color, heat and temperature, and electrostatics. Each hour-long presentation includes hands-on activities and demonstrations. On May 19, attend Making Color to learn the many ways to make color—from neon signs, to oil slicks, to rainbows, and more. Take away materials to build your own spectroscope. You'll see color in a whole new light! On June 16 attend Sound. What is sound? How high a pitch can you hear? Can you measure the speed of sound with a yardstick? Can two sounds add up to no sound? Explore these questions and more in this resonant presentation.
Cinema Arts: Saturday Cinema
Noon, 2:00 and 4:00pm, every Saturday beginning in Summer 2013 in the Kanbar Forum
This family-friendly program presents short films, animations, and abstract works to engage all curious movie lovers. Films vary from week to week, and encompass museum gallery themes and investigations of natural phenomena.
Explorables: Science You Can Play With
11am-2pm on 3rd Saturday of every other month, beginning June 15, 2013
Mess around with everyday materials to create toys and other tools for exploring the world around us. Run by a dedicated team of volunteers, these drop-in workshops mix classic activities with open-ended investigations, encouraging participants to follow their hunches to aha moments of scientific insight. All materials provided; take what you make. For ages 3 and up. In July, August, September, and October, Explorables will take place in conjunction with Market Days. These free, outdoor editions will occur alongside other Market Days programming. (See Market Days below.)
11am-3pm on 3rd Saturdays from July-October, beginning July 20 on The Plaza
Start the growing season with Exploratorium Market Days, a series of free, open-air mini-festivals that bring together museum and community scientists, artists, and educators to present an abundance of encounters with local phenomena such as bicycles, salt, heirlooms, and trash. Market Days cultivates a casual environment where you can engage in conversations while browsing art and science demos, hands-on activities, museum exhibits, and craft displays. Located in the free spaces outside our main entrance.
Guided Walks with San Francisco historian Chris Carlsson
Saturday afternoons, beginning September 2013
These Saturday afternoon walks may include paths up and across Telegraph Hill; the historical warehouse and produce areas; and history of the waterfront, along the Embarcadero Stroll.
Thursday, October 31, 2013
To celebrate this favorite San Francisco holiday, the Exploratorium invites local organizations to display, demonstrate, and/or demystify Halloween-related creatures and cultural traditions such as spiders, snakes, and sugar skulls. In addition, staff treat visitors to dissections, animations, and a host of eerie activities—including a funereal procession and wake inspired by the museum’s ever-growing cemetery of dead science ideas.
Surgical Tools and Techniques: With the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses
11am-4pm in November 2013 (Date TBD)
Members of the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) give demonstrations illustrating life saving surgical tools and techniques in this annual program. AORN staff now offer facilitation in multiple languages.
Lab and Lunch
Begins January 2014 in the Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery
Visiting scientists perform live demonstrations. Join us for lunch and informal talks.
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