Opening Day Festivities (April 17)
April 17, 2013
Welcome to our new home at Pier 15; here's how we celebrated this historic day.
Daytime Programs and Events
Mayor Ed Lee, Exploratorium Board Chair George Cogan, and Exploratorium Executive Director Dennis Bartels gave opening remarks. A bronze bell created by artist Nick DiPhillipo and cast at The Crucible, an industrial arts organization in Oakland, rang for the first time. Ceremonies concluded with the activation of Fog Bridge #72494, an installation by artist Fujiko Nakaya.
The Plaza (invitation only; visible from some public areas)
Museum Opened to the Public
The museum was open until 10:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. until dark
Rangoli with Artist Purvi Shah and Volunteers from the India Community Center (Milpitas, CA)
For thousands of years, Indian women have created elaborate designs called rangoli for auspicious occasions. This traditional welcoming design was completed over several hours and remained on view throughout the day.
South Apron of Bay View Walk
10:00 a.m. until dark
Outdoor Demonstrations and Activities with Exploratorium Explainers
Explainers led hands-on activities for visitors waiting in line and provided interactive demos such as Observing Clouds and Finding North.
11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Hands-on Activities with Explorables Volunteers
Visitors made classic tools and toys for observation, discovery, and play.
The Plaza and Outdoor Gallery (ticketed area)
KPOO Live Broadcast with Donald E. Lacy, Jr.
Visitors shared their favorite Exploratorium story with KPOO-89.5 FM listeners.
8:30 and 9:30 p.m.
This World Made It Self and Myth and Infrastructure
Animation and Performance by Artist Miwa Matreyek
As artist Miwa Matreyek steps behind the screen, her shadow becomes an integral part of her animated worlds.
Outdoor Gallery (ticketed area; visible from some public areas)
Art, Design, Nature, and Technology at Scale by Obscura Digital
Internationally recognized creative technology innovators Obscura Digital transform the historic façade of Pier 15 into a spellbinding, visual odyssey through micro and macro phenomena.
In front of Pier 15
We are proud to acknowledge the integral role of our sponsors and partners in supporting our move to Pier 15 and related Opening Events.