Curious Contraptions at the Exploratorium

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October 16, 2017
Curious Contraptions at the Exploratorium

On Exhibit at the Exploratorium: Curious Contraptions

Curious Contraptions has ended. Please visit the Exploratorium for current events and exhibit information.

Opening Mon., Nov. 16 2017 at The Exploratorium is Curious Contraptions: Small Machines of Love and Mystery, an interactive exhibition of more than 30 charming and often playful sculptures known as automata.

These whimsical machines are brought to life by intricate arrangements of handmade crams, cranks and other simple mechanisms. Each sculpture performs an absurd miniature drama, often reflecting its maker’s sense of humor. Visitors will be able to see and investigate the simple mechanisms used to make these automata move.

This year, Curious Contraptions features work by Colombian artist Carlos Zapata, Paul Spooner, Keith Newstead, Fi Henshall, as well as Artists-in-Residence. Visitors will have the opportunity to engage with the artists through public programs and hands-on workshops hosted at The Exploratorium's Tinkering Studio.

The Exploratorium is conveniently located on the Embarcadero. Curious Contraptions is on view from Nov. 16, 2017 through Jan. 28, 2018, and is included with the museum's general admission. Tickets can be purchased online or on-site.

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