Winter Holidays at the Exploratorium: Curious Contraptions
Opening Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019 at The Exploratorium is Curious Contraptions: Flights of Fancy, an interactive exhibition of 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 worldview and 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, Rowland Emett, and Keith Newstead. 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 Curious Contraptions artists' work on display here.
Holidays at the Exploratorium
Curious Contraptions is just one part of Winter Holidays at the Exploratorium. From the whimsy of Curious to the dazzling lights of After Dark's annual Glow: Festival of Lights on Dec. 5, to many more special programs, the Exploratorium is a special place to celebrate the season. Click here for more Winter Holidays at the Exploratorium information.
The Exploratorium is conveniently located on the Embarcadero. Curious Contraptions is on view from Nov. 21, 2019 through Jan. 26, 2020, and is included with the museum's general admission. Tickets can be purchased online or on-site.