Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Exploratorium and The Palace of Fine Arts

The Exploratorium, located at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco's Marina District is billed as "the museum of science, art and human perception." It is a fascinating place to visit for both children and adults. I enjoyed a visit to the Exploratorium on one of my first visits to San Francisco. I love interactive exhibits and hate that so many of them are geared towards kids...big kids like to touch and play and learn, too; that isn't a problem at the Exploratorium. There are a variety of interactive exhibits for kids of all ages. In fact, the museum has more than 700 hands on exhibits. The musem also features the Tactile Dome, which costs extra and reservations are recommended; the Tactile Dome is house in a geodesic dome in which visitors explore their surroundings with only their sense of touch. The Exploratorium also offers an excellent array of educational materials in their gift shop. I really had fun on my visit to the Exploratorium and highly recommend a visit, especially if you have kids.

The Palace of Fine Arts was originally built for the Panama-Pacific Exposition in 1915, showcasing San Francisco's recovery from the 1906 earthquake. It is is a structure designed to reflect classical Greek and Roman architecture. Today, the Palace of Fine Arts is frequently used as a setting for weddings. The grounds are a nice place for a quiet stroll.

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