Friday, November 6, 2009

Exploratorium Turns 40

To celebrate its grand opening 40 years ago, the Exploratorium will host special events for free admission all day this coming Saturday, Nov.7th.

The Exporatorium started when famous physicist and professor Frank Oppenheimer founded it in 1969 to give people a hands-on experience of learning with a financial aid of $50,000 from the San Francisco Foundation. Since 1969, the Exploratorium has grown enormously, featuring hundreds of interesting exhibits.

Even before founding the museum, Oppenheimer was already world-renowned for his paticipation in the Manhattan Project and work with other important projects. In Oppenheimer's later years, he was awarded the Gugghenheim fellowship and went abroad to devote himself to physics, where he saw European science museums. He was inspired and wished to do the same in the United States. He got his wish.

by Brigette W.

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