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From the Exploratorium in San Francisco, which holds a trademark on the term.


exploratorium (plural exploratoriums or exploratoria)

Smoke exhibit at an exploratorium
  1. A museum or similar institution that encourages visitors to explore the exhibits in a hands-on manner.
    • 1999, Howard Gardner, Intelligence reframed: multiple intelligences for the 21st century:
      Especially appealing to older children and adolescents are science museums or exploratoriums.
    • 2001, Eric Jensen, Arts with the brain in mind
      Other ways to use the visual arts include architecture, visual thinking, graphic organizers, mindmaps, exploratoriums, and galleries.