A ROUND UP OF EXPLORATORIUM HOLIDAY EVENTS AND HOURS: A Final Farewell to the Exploratorium in the Palace of Fine Arts
Dylan Thomas' A Child's Christmas in Wales (December 22),
The Annual Holiday Animation Film Festival (December 26 - January 1) and a
Farewell to the Palace Film Screening (December 2) rings in the Holidays
Museum Open Daily: December 26-January 2, 2013 (closed Christmas Day)
Wednesday, January 2, 2013 is the Exploratorium's Last Day at the Palace of Fine Arts and it's a Free Day!
Approximately 43 years, 4 months and 13 days (give or take) after a small hardy staff welcomed the public to join in their efforts to “build a museum dedicated to human awareness” the Exploratorium is preparing to move to Pier 15 on the waterfront from its long time home in the Palace of Fine Arts. For one last visit, spend your holiday season at the Exploratorium. As the Exploratorium bids farewell to its home in the Palace, come celebrate with some longstanding film traditions. All events are included in the price of admission to the Exploratorium.
The cinematic festivities begin on Sunday, December 2nd with a cinematic Farewell to the Palace, a collection of short films shot in and around the Palace of Fine Arts, including footage taken at the 1906 Pan Pacific Exhibition, at noon, 2 and 4 pm.
As the holidays approach, don’t miss the sound of Dylan Thomas’s voice on Saturday, December 22, when the Exploratorium screens A Child’s Christmas in Wales (1963). Directed by Marvin Lightner, this film features a story written and narrated by Dylan Thomas, one that follows a boy’s Christmas time memories in Wales. The program includes the short, animated film The Sweater (1980, 10 min.), directed by Sheldon Cohen, which is an animated version of a short story by Québec author Roch Carrier, set in the rural Québec of his boyhood. This funny, poignant story is animated in a style that evokes the period of the late 1940s.
Don't miss our week-long Holiday Animation Film Festival, from Wednesday, December 26, 2012 through Tuesday, January 1, 2013 a round up of animated shorts that utilize computers, stop-motion and other animation techniques to capture hilarity in several playful scenarios. Among the shorts to be screened are: Sour Death Balls (1993, 4 min.), by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Jessica Yu, offers a humorous and quirky look at how people from all ages and backgrounds react to extremely sour candy and Fetch (2001, 5 min.), by Nina Paley, a funny exploration of space involving an animated dog chasing a ball to a lively soundtrack by Nik Phelps and The Sprocket Ensemble.
Say Goodbye to the Palace – Exploratorium’s Last Day is Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Exploratorium Open December 26-January 2 daily
Did you groove to the flashing lights of The Enchanted Tree, or hug the now long-gone tactile one? Do you have stories or photos as an awkward teen on a field trip to the Exploratorium — or a first date with a cocktail in hand from just last year? Share those at the Memory Wall through Monday, December 31. And on the January 2, don’t miss the final ringing of the closing bell at 5pm.