The Exploratorium’s mission is to create a culture of learning through innovative environments, programs, and tools that help people nurture their curiosity about the world around them. When founder Frank Oppenheimer opened the museum in 1969, his idea was to create a place dedicated to research and development—a sort of laboratory of learning—open to the public and focusing on hands-on exploration of the physical and natural world, while bringing art and science together. Each year, more than 530,000 visitors, including 129,000 children and teachers, come to the Exploratorium. More than 2,000 K-12 math and science teachers participate in the museum’s nationally recognized professional development programs. Our award-winning Web site receives over 18 million visits, and more than 20 million people see Exploratorium-designed exhibits on display at science centers around the world. This extraordinary learning center is shaping tomorrow’s leaders in science, technology and education.