Light & Seeing
View light & seeing websites and get hands-on with a variety of activities on the Exploratorium website. For 40-plus years, we’ve offered creative, thought-provoking exhibits, experiences, tools, and projects that ignite curiosity, encourage exploration, and lead to profound learning.
A lens creates an image that hangs in midair.
Your experience of the world influences what you see.
Make multiple images of yourself.
See yourself as others see you in this cylindrical mirror.
Air trapped between two pieces of clear plastic produces rainbow-colored interference patterns.
Polarized light reveals stress patterns in clear plastic.
Learn how to fly with this neat mirror trick.
Without a boundary, it’s hard to distinguish different shades of gray.
Test how well your brain can see patterns.
Why the world gets dark so fast outside the circle of the campfire.
Make a friend disappear, leaving only a smile behind.
Stare at one color—but see another.