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Since the early days of the Exploratorium, we’ve reached out to people who are unable to visit the museum—or who want to revisit it—in a variety of ways. Among the many ways we do this is by offering engaging, informative publications. Below are three of our most recent books. For other publications, grouped by audience, please go to our Publications Archive.

The Art of Tinkering

The Art of Tinkering is a celebration of a whole new way to learn by thinking with your hands, working with readily available materials, getting your hands dirty, and, yes, sometimes failing and bouncing back from getting stuck. The Art of Tinkering offers a fascinating portrait of today’s maker scene, as well as beginner activities for you to try on your own. Make circuits out of playdough, film a time-lapse movie, fuse plastics into beautiful fabric, and much, much more.

Exploralab: 150 Ways to Investigate the Amazing Science All Around You

Exploralab is a book that takes curious kid scientists, ages 8–12, through 24 hours’ worth of household investigations, experiments, and discoveries.

Seeing: 30 Hands-On Visual Discoveries
Viendo: 30 descubrimients visuales interactivos

Seeing is a book of hands-on and eyes-on activities based on popular Exploratorium exhibits. Great for keeping little minds busy during long road trips, and older minds happy with brain and vision challenges!


Under, Build, and Sustain: The Exploratorium Construction Trilogy

These three books document the process leading to the Exploratorium’s opening at Pier 15 in 2013. Compelling photos invite you to experience the reconstruction under the pier, building a museum for the twenty-first century, and our efforts to become a leader in green technology and environmental awareness.