Exploratorium Market Days: Heirlooms

Event has passed (Sat Oct 19, 2013 - Sat Oct 19, 2013)
Art, Family & Children


Final Market Days mini-festival of the season at Pier 15, October 19, 2013

Just as San Francisco’s late-in-the-year summertime comes to a close, and cool autumn nights begin, the Exploratorium will celebrate its final Market Days open-air festival of the season. Market Days: Heirlooms will look at the great experiments, cultural practices and traditions that make human culture rich. The free, family-friendly event is from 11am-3pm on the Exploratorium’s public plaza at Pier 15.

Explore man-made treasures worth passing on—from food and cooking traditions, to tools, folklore, history-making ideas, and more. Learn phrases from endangered languages, and explore the craft of patchwork, darning, and needlework as ways to repair and recreate pieces that can be passed on.

Uncover the building blocks of every person’s heritage with DNA extractions, and learn about lichens, which are members of one of the Earth’s oldest plant families. From recipe and seed swaps to the heritage of sourdough – a true San Francisco heirloom – it’s a way to celebrate the richness of tradition with an eye on what the future holds.

Just a short walk from the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, Exploratorium Market Days is a juicy series of free Exploratorium programs for all ages on San Francisco’s Embarcadero. Scientists, artists, and educators join together to present an abundant bazaar of delicious new ideas and activities for all ages in the Exploratorium’s public plaza at Pier 15 on the third Saturday of each month through October, 2013. From startling encounters with cutting-edge technology to sensory explorations of spices and herbs, Exploratorium Market Days is a free, fun way to explore the bounty of technology, creativity and innovation that the Bay Area has to offer.

Exploratorium Market Days is on the third Saturday of each month through October 2013. Events are from 11:00am-3:00pm in the free public plaza in front of Pier 15. Admission to the museum is $25 for adults, with lower rates for SF Bay Area residents, youth, seniors, students, teachers and the disabled. Advance tickets are available online at https://www.exploratorium.edu/visit/tickets.


  1. Exploratorium Pier 15, San Francisco, CA