Learn with us online while the Exploratorium is temporarily closed. You can help us reopen—donate today.
At first glance, the giant see-through-erector-set-like structure seems to be a realization of one of Leonardo da Vinci's mechanical inventions.
Where: This exhibit is not currently on view.
A mechanical object may seem alive if it responds to you.
A stop-motion animation is made of many pictures, each slightly different from the last.
Where: Gallery 2: Tinkering
Quick-changing views create the illusion of motion.
Where: Bechtel Gallery 3: Seeing & Listening
Try building these circuits found in everyday objects.
Artist Scott Weaver has spent over 40 years painstakingly constructing this replica of the city of San Francisco out of toothpicks. Ping-pong balls added here or there wind their way through the model, visiting various famous sites along the way.
Use your hands and tools to create unexpected patterns in the sand.
Where: Ray and Dagmar Dolby Atrium
Check out a clock full of tinkerers that chimes the time.
This playful physical glossary models the many modes of making.
Pier 15 (Embarcadero at Green Street)San Francisco, CA 94111(415) 528-4444
More Contact Info
Get at-home activities and learning tools delivered straight to your inbox