Enjoy the Holidays with Curious Contraptions at the Exploratorium

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October 3, 2018
Enjoy the Holidays with Curious Contraptions at the Exploratorium

On Exhibit at the Exploratorium: Curious Contraptions

Opening Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018 at The Exploratorium is Curious Contraptions: Inside the Fairy Tale Factory, an interactive exhibition of charming and often playful sculptures known as automata.

Exhibit Information

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.

Curious Contraptions features work by returning and new artists, such as Carlos Zapata, Paul Spooner, Fi Henshall, Patrick Bond, Lucy Casson, Ron Fuller, Peter Markey, Lisa Slater, Wanda Sowry, and Hernan Lira. Artists-in-Residence, including Keith Newstead and Kazu Harada will also be featured. Visitors will have the opportunity to engage with the artists through public programs and hands-on workshops hosted at The Exploratorium's Tinkering Studio.

Read more on the artists' work on display here.

General Information

The Exploratorium is conveniently located on the Embarcadero. Curious Contraptions is on view from Nov. 8, 2018 through Jan. 20, 2019, and is included with the museum's general admission. Tickets can be purchased online or on-site.


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