How can we engage with people online in meaningful and interesting ways? We ask ourselves this question a lot. We've been answering it since 1992, when Ron, our webmaster, flipped the switch and we became the first independent museum with its own website.
We view our website as a destination in the same way that the physical museum is a destination. With more than 35,000 pages of original apps, microsites, webcasts, videos, articles, podcasts, slideshows, online exhibits, and activities, there's plenty to wander through, explore, do, and experience. If you're looking for something specific, this guide can point you in the right direction.
Total Solar Eclipse
Carry a solar eclipse in your pocket: this Android app includes everything you need to know about the 2016 total solar eclipse over Micronesia as well as ongoing updates to prepare you for the 2017 total solar eclipse over North America.
Explore a whole spectrum of activities, illusions, videos, and more in this interactive book for iPad and Android tablets.
Can you believe your ears? Get to know things that go bump, beep, boop, and vroom—take an auditory trip with this award-winning interactive collection of sound illustions and acoustic phenomena.
What color do you hear? Design 2-D worlds of sound and color according to your own whims. It's easy to learn and surprisingly hard to put down.
How Many Saturdays?
On the calendar, your life is measured in years, months, weeks, days, and even hours...but what if you measured life by pet turtles, hairstyles, backpacks, or phone numbers? Explore personal methods of marking time and see how they affect your life with this app for iPad.
Sample some science: these teacher-approved, hands-on activities require only inexpensive ingredients, so you can do them in the classroom or in your own home.
Take deep dives with the Exploratorium and see what we're thinking about right now.
Shed light on solar eclipses of the past and the future—view special footage of the 2017 total solar eclipse over North America, dive into our coverage of previous eclipses, and learn how to safely view a solar eclipse.
Educators Guide for Inquiry-based Science and English Language Development
This guide shares the Institute for Inquiry’s approach to their work in Sonoma. It highlights professional development design and teaching practices that can serve as resources for teachers, teacher educators, professional development providers, district leaders, and researchers.
Evidence: How Do We Know What We Know?
Got knowledge? How did you get it, and how do you know it's true? Using the study of human origins, learn about how we gather information and how we verify what we know.
Science of Music
Tap your toes and get into the groove with the science of rhythm, melody, and harmony—even if you don't consider yourself musical. Play with an online dot mixer, an online drum circle, and more.
Science of Cooking
Did you know there's a science lab in your house? It's called your kitchen. Trace the entanglement of food and science and see how science can make you a better cook.
Deep underground, scientists use giant circular tunnels to learn about the particles that make up all matter. Learn about this international effort to better understand our universe.
You don't even need a jacket to explore Antarctica with us—this site brings the frozen continent right to your screen.
Origins: The Hubble Telescope
Orbiting 370 miles above Earth, the Hubble telescope is one of our best tools for gathering information about space and the history of the universe. Find out how this exciting tool works and what we're learning from it.
Origins: Las Cuevas Research Station
Where better to study life in all its forms than in one of the most biologically diverse places on Earth? Las Cuevas Research Station, in the rain forest of Belize, brings the research lab into the jungle.
Origins: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Get to the nucleus of microbiology research—virtually visit the lab where DNA was discovered and where scientists continue to study all kinds of matter.
Origins: Arecibo Observatory
Many scientists study life on Earth—but what about everywhere else? Scientists at Puerto Rico's Arecibo Observatory hunt for signs and signals that we may not be alone in the universe.
Voyages of Discovery
Travel to Earth's last frontier, the ocean floor, with Okeanos Explorer, NOAA's first vessel dedicated to exploration and discovery.
Online engagement is a perpetual work in progress at the Exploratorium—an infinite pairing of exciting ideas with the best technological tools. Come back soon to see what we're up to.