One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
usually in names A scientific museum or similar centre where visitors have the opportunity to handle exhibits, perform prearranged experiments, etc.
- ‘Visit a hall of science, museum of science, zoo, aquarium, exploratorium and planetarium.’
1960s: coined by Frank Oppenheimer (1912–85), director of the San Francisco Exploratorium, from exploration + -orium.
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