Housed within the walls of San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts, the Exploratorium is a collage of hundreds of science, art, and human perception exhibits. The Exploratorium is a leader in the movement to promote museums as informal education centers.
This unique museum was founded in 1969 by noted physicist and educator Dr. Frank Oppenheimer, who devoted his efforts to it—and was its director—until his death in 1985. From 1991 to 2005, Dr. Goéry Delacôte served as Executive Director. Today, the Exploratorium is led by nationally known science education and policy expert Dr. Dennis M. Bartels.