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EXPLORATORIUM
San Francisco, California

EXPLORE THE EXPLORATORIUM!

The Exploratorium, in San Francisco, CA, is known as the first and foremost of the worldís interactive museums, designed to make the world understandable. It is like a mad scientist's penny arcade, a scientific funhouse and an experimental laboratory all rolled into one. With hundreds of hands-on exhibits, all you need is curiosity. At the new Seeing collection, you will swear that an object is white, only to discover that it is practically black. In the new Traits of Life section, see a roundworm glow with the inserted luminescence of a jellyfish, or harvest your own cheek cell and compare it to the cells of a tomato or potato. While wandering through the rest of the museum, you can touch a tornado and shape a glowing electrical current, as well as take a sensory journey in total darkness in the Tactile Dome. Moreover, the Exploratorium is housed in San Francisco's most beautiful structure, the romantic Palace of Fine Arts, located in San Francisco's Marina district.

The Exploratorium has become internationally known for its innovations in exhibit design and science education. Also, since its founding, the Exploratorium has always included the work of artists in the museum to demonstrate that art complements science as a way of understanding the natural world.

Our award-winning web site, http://www.exploratorium.edu, has won five Webby awards: four for "Best Science Site," and one for "Best Education Site." On the first Wednesday of every month, admission to the Exploratorium is free. And, the Exploratorium is part of the popular CityPass program (on the Internet at http://www.citypass.com).

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