I recently visited the San Francisco Exploratorium and Dr. Richard Brown was kind enough to give me the guided tour which you will hear here. You can join us on the tour right now! Dr. Richard Brown is a Neuropsychologist on the staff at the San Francisco Exploratorium. Housed within the walls of San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts, the Exploratorium is a collage of hundreds of science, art, and human perception exhibits. The Exploratorium is a leader in the movement to promote museums as informal education centers. This unique museum was founded in 1969 by noted physicist and educator Dr. Frank Oppenheimer, who devoted his efforts to it—and was its director—until his death in 1985. The Exploratorium’s Mind section showcases dozens of new exhibits joining the museum’s permanent collection, plus additional programs, artworks, and special events. Working with expert advisors, the Mind team spent over four years researching the cognitive sciences to create experiences highlighting the way our minds work—often in unexpected and thought-provoking ways. Exhibits and activities have been designed to give visitors insights into how they make decisions, the kinds of things they do (or don’t) pay attention to, and the changing landscapes and intriguing effects of their own emotions.
(Psychology podcast by David Van Nuys, Ph.D.)