Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

October 24, 2021

The Exploratorium's String Squirter shoots a "gravity-defying" loop of rope into the air

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A really BIG move

San Francisco’s Exploratorium has left the building — well, it’s left the building at the Palace of Fine Arts, at least. The 44-year-old, super hands-on kids science museum is now at the waterfront Embarcadero at Pier 15 and its new digs are darn fantastic. The new museum is three times bigger than the old one — US$220 million can do that! — and the indoor/outdoor space can accommodate four million visitors a year: one million paid visitors inside to see some 600 exhibits like the totally blacked-out tactile room and three million at the free exhibits outside. Our fave open-air one lets kids create their own perfect storm by adjusting the frequency, size and velocity of raindrops. Umbrella recommended. What’s more, Exploratorium wants to be the biggest net-zero-energy museum in the US, if not the world, generating as much power as it produces. Adults US$25, kids 6 to 17 US$19. tel: (415) 528-4360;

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