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Best Place to Check Out an Algae Chandelier In a Seismically Retrofit Pier Building San Francisco 2013 - The Exploratorium

The Exploratorium

The Exploratorium

Pier 15

San Francisco, CA 94111


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Sure, phytoplankton can be pretty boring, what with being so incredibly small they're invisible to the naked eye. But when millions of them are stuffed together into gorgeous, illuminated overhead tanks, you'll take a bigger interest in the things. The brand new incarnation of Frank Oppenheimer's 44-year-old Exploratorium on Piers 15-17 boasts 600-plus exhibits and installations, including notable favorites like the Fog Bridge, the Toilet Drinking Fountain, and the Tree Experience, which shows off the split-open remains of a 250-year-old Douglas Fir. Oh yeah, and an algae chandelier. Yay, science!

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