SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — After being located at the Palace of Fine Arts for more than 40 years, the Exploratorium is set to reopen at its new location along San Francisco’s Embarcadero on April 17th.

KCBS and KPIX 5 were given a sneak preview of the new facility at Pier 15, which boasts more than 600 exhibits on science and technology for kids and adults to enjoy.

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“This is huge. It’s three times the square footage of the previous campus. So we have 600 exhibits and 150 new ones,” said Paul Doherty a co-director and staff physicist at The Exploratorium.

Billed as the largest interactive science museum in the world, the new Exploratorium is 300,000 square feet, three times larger than the previous location.

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According to the museum’s website, the Exploratorium was founded in 1969 by noted physicist Frank Oppenheimer at the Palace of Fine Arts.

Dozens of workers are busy with final touches on the facility, which also houses a restaurant.

The new Exploratorium’s $300 million price tag is being paid for by fundraising and admissions.


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