It was good to see families, young children with their parents, enjoying this place. There are hands on exhibits, interactive exhibits where children and adults can learn new things mainly about science and related technology.
We visited the Exploratorium on Saturday, 20 September 2014. All the pictures in this essay were taken at that time. In this second part of our photo essay, we will see our blog’s photographer interact with some of the exhibits and include the remaining images from inside this facility.
In our feature image, we see a construction of tooth picks.
If you are familiar with the landmarks of San Francisco, you can identify a few in this toothpick artwork.
It took 37 years to make this.
This exhibit was a challenge for those who tried it. The object was to get the ball to stay afloat in the jet of air that came out of the red cone. Most attempts had the ball whirling away and falling to the floor. If one could get the ball to remain directly above the cone when the cone was perpendicular to the floor, then the ball would hang in the air for some seconds (supported by the jet of air from the cone).
This was one of the interactive exhibits. I think this had to do with color and the eye’s reactions to changes in color.
One of the areas for children (of all ages) to tinker around.
These next 3 pics are of Lucy playing with some sand like substance from underneath. One of the many “hands-on” exhibits.
She is enjoying the experience.
Success achieved – both handprints showing up in the medium.
We saw these chairs of different sizes in part one. Here, a human sits in one to give perspective.
Another view. Now, sitting in the large chair. This large chair must be for beings that are about 3 meters (10 feet) tall.
On the wall, we see a list of benefactors of the Exploratorium.
Lucy stands a little more than 5 feet tall. This is a rather thick tree trunk.
A nearby view of another tree trunk, probably taken from one of the old growth forests in California.
There was an outdoor perimeter area where visitors could eat their hand packed (brown bag) lunches. We can see we are among the piers. As well, one can see Coit Tower (a local landmark) in the distance on this cloudy day.
In this outdoor perimeter area, there was this play area for children. Children could climb around inside the object (seen behind our photographer).
I could not resist a small purchase at the gift shop. 2 pieces of colorful calcite from Mexico. The larger piece fills about half of my palm – so these are not tiny.
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