Go Seaside And Science!

July 15, 2018
Category: Tourist Attractions

If you are staying in El Cerrito and looking for things in the area to explore, check out Jack London Square and the Exploratorium. 

Jack London Square is a vibrant destination in Oakland, named after the author who penned The Call of The Wild and situated along the scenic Oakland/Alameda estuary and brings together dining, retail, recreation, and exciting events all year long. From fun-filled summer night markets and outdoor movies to kayaking and bicycling along the waterfront, the energy of Jack London Square makes it a travel destination for individuals from all over the Bay Area and beyond. Enjoy the waterfront walkways on foot or bicycle, and peaceful park-like areas. Located within the Port of Oakland, Jack London Square is the only publicly accessible mixed-use waterfront area in the East Bay. It is also home to a number of businesses.

The Exploratorium is a museum in San Francisco that allows visitors to explore the world through science, art, and human perception. The Exploratorium strives to create inquiry-based experiences that transform learning worldwide. Described as the most important science museum to have opened since the mid-20th century, this achievement can be attributed to the nature of its exhibits, its wide-ranging influence, and its sophisticated teacher training program. Characterized as "a mad scientist's penny arcade, a scientific funhouse, and an experimental laboratory all rolled into one," the participatory nature of its exhibits and its self-defining characteristic as a center for informal learning has led to it being cited as the prototype for participatory museums around the world.

Physicist and educator Frank Oppenheimer founded the Exploratorium, and it opened in 1969 at the Palace of Fine Arts, its home until January 2, 2013. On April 17, 2013, the Exploratorium reopened at Piers fifteen and seventeen on San Francisco's Embarcadero. The historic interior and exterior of Pier fifteen was renovated extensively prior to the move, and is divided into several galleries mainly separated by content, including the physics of Light and Sound, Human Behavior, Living Systems, Tinkering, the Outdoor Gallery, and the Bay Observatory Gallery, which focuses on local environment, weather, and landscape.

Since the museum's founding, over one thousand participatory exhibits have been created, approximately six hundred of which are on the floor at any given time. The exhibit-building workshop space is contained within the museum and is open to view. In addition to the public exhibition space, the Exploratorium has been engaged in the professional development of teachers, science education reform, and the promotion of museums as informal education centers since its founding. Since Oppenheimer's death in 1985, the Exploratorium has expanded into other domains, including its fifty thousand page website and two iPad apps on sound and color. It has also inspired an international network of participatory museums working to engage the public with general science education.

Stay At Hotel Mira Vista

Enjoy your stay at Hotel Mira Vista while enjoying your visit to the Exploratorium and Jack London Square. Located thirty-five minutes from the Exploratorium and twenty minutes from Jack London Square, Hotel Mira Vista offers the lowest rates available by booking directly at www.hotelmiravista.com