March 16, 2009
Outdoor San Francisco science museum opens
An outdoor, interactive science museum has opened along San Francisco's waterfront, offering visitors both toys and tools to explore scientific principles.
The Outdoor Exploratorium at Fort Mason, a historic military post established in the 1860s, takes advantage of the natural and man-made landscape. Included among the exhibits is the Bridge Thermometer -- a calibrated telescope that allows viewers to see how the Golden Gate Bridge -- engineered to move up and down as much as 16 feet at its center in response to thermal expansion and contraction -- changes height depending on temperature and traffic.
This is not what you typically envision when you think of a museum, project developer Bryan Connell said in an interview.
This is the future.