House of Science



In 1960, the U.S. Department of State asked the Eames Office to create a film for the United States Science Exhibit, which took place at the Century 21 World’s Fair in Seattle, Washington.

The Eameses’ multiscreen film presentation provided an introduction to the government’s five pavilions, each of which focused on a different aspect of science.

The Eames Office employed architectural structures to represent each discipline. As the sciences developed and became more specialized, the structures grew and divided, with the architecture changing in style to reflect historical progression. Eventually, the buildings stretched across all six screens.  

The Eameses’ presentation conveyed a sense of “the excitement, the diversity, and the richness of the scientific discipline.”

The national magazine Saturday Review published this review of the film:

All the art at the Seattle World’s Fair is not in the vast Fine Arts Pavilion. Some distance away at the U.S. Science Exhibit, a remarkable fourteen-minute film, produced by Charles Eames with the assistance of his wife Ray, qualifies as creative art on a high level. In a specially designed oval room the visitor watches multiple images, cast from seven 35-millimeter motion picture projectors, unfold a dramatic prologue to the Science Exhibit (a project for which our government should be roundly applauded). The pictures, thrown on a large concave wall six images at a time, spotlight the complex and comprehensive world of modern science. Eames has actually invented a new cinematic technique expressly designed to combine many separate visual experiences at once. Varying his rhythm, perspective, and emphasis with lighting speed, he synchronizes six adjacent moving scenes into a powerful composite statement about science and scientists.  Katherine Kuh, May 26, 1962



Historic Materials

  • U.S. Science Pavilion postcard

  • U.S. Science Pavilion handout