The Exploratorium at 50
1969 was a significant year. Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, the hippies came of age, the Beatles performed for the very last time and the Internet was invented. That same year physicist Dr. Frank Oppenheimer started the Exploratorium in the cavernous Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. A product of the post-sputnik science education fervor and the open education movement, this boundary-pushing institution pioneered a phenomena-based, learner-centered approach to public science education and served to fuel the explosion of non-collections-based science centers worldwide, including Butte’s Science Mine. Today, the Exploratorium continues to create inquiry-based experiences that transform learning worldwide from its new home on the San Francisco Embarcadero. But its vision is the same as when Frank opened the doors: A world where people think for themselves and can confidently ask questions, question answers, and understand the world around them.
Semper, Rob, "The Exploratorium at 50" (2019). Public Lecture Series. 152.