Exploratorium

The Museum of Science, Art and Human Perception

San Francisco, CA   |  http://www.exploratorium.edu

Mission

Located in San Francisco, California, the Exploratorium is a public learning laboratory exploring the world through science, art, and human perception. Our mission is to create inquiry-based experiences that transform learning worldwide. Our vision is a world where people think for themselves and can confidently ask questions, question answers, and understand the world around them. We value lifelong learning and teaching, curiosity and inquiry, our community, iteration and evidence, integrity and authenticity, sustainability, and inclusion and respect.

Ruling year info

1969

Executive Director

Chris Flink

Main address

Pier 17 Suite 100

San Francisco, CA 94111 USA

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Formerly known as

The Exploratorium

EIN

94-1696494

NTEE code info

Science & Technology Museum (A57)

Natural History, Natural Science Museums (A56)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Exploratorium was founded as a community museum dedicated to awareness. These Core Values honor the Exploratorium’s history as a maverick, a visionary pioneer, and a sometimes-rebellious upstart while also reflecting our evolution into an influential, internationally treasured educational institution. They illustrate our bedrock principles and guide our actions and decision-making with regards to both internal and external endeavors. Our success is inextricably linked to these values. Core Values include: Lifelong Learning and Teaching; Curiosity and Inquiry; Creating Our Community; Integrity and Authenticity; Sustainability; and Inclusion and Respect.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Institute for Research & Learning

Whether inside the museum or on the other side of the planet, in school settings or out in the world, we offer a variety of resources—videos, classroom activities, tools, and workshops—that support better teaching and better learning. We believe there are different ways of learning and knowing: through direct experience, art, dialogue, and making. Research and evaluation help us find out more about how people learn, and how we can improve our work. The Exploratorium provides a variety of programs for children and youth throughout the the community. These include free events, partnerships with community outreach organizations, and in-house programs to provide learning and leadership opportunities. Our tools for teaching and learning go far beyond our exhibits—they are designed to spark curiosity, exploration, and understanding in learners and educators of all ages, near and far, and in all kinds of settings.

Population(s) Served
Students
Adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Exploratorium is a public learning laboratory exploring the world through science, art, and human perception.
Our mission is to create inquiry-based experiences that transform learning worldwide.
Our vision is a world where people think for themselves and can confidently ask questions, question answers, and understand the world around them.
We value lifelong learning and teaching, curiosity and inquiry, our community, iteration and evidence, integrity and authenticity, sustainability, and inclusion and respect.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Exploratorium

Board of directors
as of 4/14/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Roberta Katz

Gary Bengier

Vincent Ricci

Lynn Fritz

Jude Laspa

Ravin Agrawal

Jennifer Caldwell

Barbara Carbone

Anthony Earley

Greg Flynn

Phil Marineau

William Mellin

Kenneth Moore

Craig Silverstein

F. Scott Hindes

Michael Jacobson

Richard Laiderman

Jeff Huber

Aaron Vermut

Stan Wojcicki, PhD

Dan Yue

Mimi Ito

W. Brewster Ely

Sharon Flanagan

Chris Flink

Mickey Hart

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes