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Why the Exploratorium?

Why the Exploratorium?

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The Exploratorium is an internationally renowned museum of science, art, and human perception. Its mission is to create a culture of learning through innovative environments, programs, and tools that help people nurture their curiosity about the world around them.

The Exploratorium’s vibrant, sprawling landscape of sights, sounds, and curiosities is home to hundreds of interactive exhibits and public programs designed to spark curiosity, regardless of age or familiarity with science. They encompass and connect various subject areas, including human perception, the life sciences, and physical phenomena. These unique educational and entertaining experiences are the perfect amalgamation of science, art, and technology, allowing people to fundamentally understand the world’s wonders through their own discoveries.

The Exploratorium, stressing the relationship between informal and formal approaches to teaching science, has a demonstrated track record of leadership in science education including invaluable work with teacher advancement and programs for children and youth. Thousands of educators nationwide are drawn to the substantive training and professional development we provide through our Teacher Institute (for middle- and high-school teachers) and Institute for Inquiry (for elementary educators). The Children’s Educational program collaborates with local community groups, schools, after-school providers, and social service organizations to provide science and art activities to youth from underserved communities. And the Exploratorium Web site remains a leader in making the educational potential of the Internet a reality. With 25,000 pages of educational resources that support students’ and teachers’ understanding of the nature of science, science inquiry, and phenomena, the site carries our educational philosophy to users across the globe.

The Exploratorium supports a network of museums and science centers dedicated to exhibit-based teaching. This program combines long-term exhibit rentals with educational expertise and consulting by Exploratorium scientists, exhibit developers, program directors, and artists for a growing network of museums (currently eight partners) across the North American continent from Sarasota, Florida to San Diego, California. The Exploratorium also serves museums worldwide through exhibit sales, rentals, and consulting.