Exploratorium
Colorfest

An extravaganza celebrating
the art and science of color

July 1–September 5, 2011


From perception to pigments, this two-month extravaganza features a spectrum of exhibits, films, performances, seminars, and activities.

Come play with our thirty-plus captivating color-related exhibits. Experience the magic of color on the big screen. Catch a kaleidoscope of activities, crafts, and demonstrations. Join us for special seminars and hands-on workshops, and don’t miss After Dark, our monthly evening series for adults.

Aurora
Arrange glowing swaths of color at this exhibit, inspired by the play of light over water.

Aurora

Color Your Judgment
There’s more to smell than meets the nose. We also rely on color to identify faint or ambiguous scents.

Color Your Judgment

Colored Rooms
Can you see the difference between red light in a white room and white light in a red room?

Colored Rooms

Colored Shadows
Step up to a normal-looking white wall, and a riot of colorful shadows emerges.

Colored Shadows

Disagreeing About Color
Which dot best matches the center dot? Color is in the eye of the beholder.

Disagreeing about Color

Distilled Light
Split light apart, then put it back together again.

Distilled Light

Mood Lighting
Does color affect your mood? Find out at Mood Lighting.

Mood Lighting

Soap Film Painting
Light interference creates a liquid play of color in a giant soap film.

Soap Film Painting

Sun Painting
Sunlight comes inside to play at the ever-changing Sun Painting.

Sun Painting

Glass Bead Rainbow
Light reflecting and refracting inside countless glass beads produces a rain-free rainbow.

Glass Bead Rainbow

Adapting to Color
What happens when your eyes adapt to two different colors of light?






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roseWhat Is Color?
Perhaps it’s all in your head—read to find out.


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