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Chron’s John King is impressed by new Exploratorium—he really is

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The Chronicle’s architecture critic surveys the transformed $300-million science museum which opens today at Pier 15 and finds a “vast utilitarian treasure from 1912” restored and “filled with layers of refined new space.” But the emphatic changes inside the historic pier warehouse aren’t without flaws, in his view. An excerpt:

But as you navigate the four huge galleries and the exhibit-filled passages that connect them, the historic sense of place is squeezed and strained by institutional needs. There's a culture clash going on, as if you were to walk inside the Ferry Building and find a row of food trucks.

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