Curious Contraptions at Exploratorium

  • Presented By: Exploratorium
  • Dates: November 8, 2018 - January 20, 2019
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Location: Exploratorium
  • Address: Pier 15
  • San Francisco, CA 94111-1456
  • Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Price: See website

Explore small, surreal worlds at Curious Contraptions, the Exploratorium's whimsical winter exhibition featuring charming, often hilarious mechanical sculptures known as automata. These whimsical machines are brought to life by intricate arrangements of handmade cams, cranks, and other simple mechanisms. Each sculpture performs an absurd miniature drama reflecting its maker's worldview and sense of humor. Take a look at their exposed inner workings and investigate the low-tech mechanisms that make these automata move.