ABC7 is the museum's official television partner, so news anchor Dan Ashley got to try out a crazy new exhibit now under development. It's called the Flywheel Dynamo, created to show how much human energy it takes to make electricity.
The Flywheel Dynamo will be tested on the Exploratorium floor this summer. The first one is actually being created for a museum in Arkansas, but, if it's a hit, it will likely become a regular exhibit in San Francisco too.
The new building has dramatically boosted Exploratorium attendance. They reached the one million visitor mark in March, more than double the number of annual visitors the museum was getting at its old building. The Exploratorium also reports twice as many field trip groups and four times more members.
The building cost $300 million and has allowed the Exploratorium to expand its programs for teachers as well as partnerships with school districts, community groups and other museums around the world.
This Sunday, April 13, at 6:30 p.m. Dan Ashley hosts a half-hour special on the Exploratorium's first year in its new home. Join us for ABC7 Presents: More to Explore.