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Learning Toolbox: Engage in activities about the science of coronavirus and explore our online resources for learning at home.
Science of Water: Food Explore water's crucial role in food and cooking.
Browse our growing online collection of interactive exhibits.
Global Climate Change Explorer • Discover how researchers study climate change and examine the latest scientific data.
Low-cost, teacher-tested activities for the classroom and the curious.
Wired Pier Environmental Field Station • Explore weather, air quality, and water conditions from San Francisco Bay
Dive into websites, activities, apps, and more.
A downloadable series of graphics from our Faultline website gives a snapshot of seismic science.
Put your mind to tackling these classic engineering problems.
Learn about bike gears using thread spools and a rubber band.
Get down and dirty with the surprising science of soil.
Explore mechanical elements such as cams, levers, and linkages to create your own moving sculpture.
Be mesmerized by the PVC structure that allows Strandbeests to walk.
In this memory game, a mental journey through your own house helps you remember items on a list.
Listen to bird songs and try to figure out which are songs, which are companion calls, and which are alarms.
Explore our app and measure the time of your life.
Watch Venus travel in front of the sun.
Experience the thrilling improvisations of renowned cellist Okkyung Lee.
Catch a wave—then measure it, reflect it, and see what happens.
Make a simple rocket and a rocket launcher, and watch a demonstration of how the finished rocket will fly.
Search a geological map of Ethiopia for fossils.
Interact with the Cafe Wall Illusion.
Bike builder David Folch builds supersized bikes for supersized riders.
Discover how researchers study climate change and examine the latest scientific data.
Just how do we remember a face?
How does the Mars rover teach us about more than space?
Visit the beating heart of the Exploratorium—our shop.
Using baking soda and vinegar, you can pop a plastic bag with the power of fizz.
Stand outside on a sunny day with a watch in your hand, and you can tell which way is north.
Use this handy conversion calculator to convert between the many units found in recipes.
Heat-trapping gases play a major role in polar climate change.
Have you ever wondered what makes blue cheese blue, or why some cheeses are hard and others soft?
Explore light, shadow, and motion using a variety of simple materials and light sources.
Activities and History
APE was a four-year Exploratorium project to explore strategies and tactics to shift the role of visitors from passive recipient of information to active participant in the exhibit experience.
A naked egg is an egg without a shell. Using vinegar, you can dissolve the eggshell without breaking the membrane that contains the egg.
A do-it-yourself cartoon kit. It's easy to make pictures move!
What brings archeologists and astronomers alike to this ten-mile canyon in remote New Mexico?
Experience A.J. Racy's compositions exploring ancient forms from Middle Eastern culture.
Vsit a quirky kitchen where you can compose music with ordinary (and not-so-ordinary) objects.
The lure of Terra Australis Incognita begins with the Ancient Greeks and ends with modern cruise ships.
Explore new social science exhibits at San Francisco’s Civic Center.
Take a virtual journey to the frog capital of the world, Rayne, Louisiana.
Why is baseball so popular in Japan?
Try these low-cost, teacher-tested activities for the classroom and the curious.
Read stories and see footage from the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.
Take a tour of the Mars Science Laboratory Mission.
Can stem cells treat Alzheimer's disease?
Think you have a lot in common with a kiwi fruit? Genetically speaking, you do.
Grow spikes of crystals in the sun.
Get your antennae ready for what's on the airwaves.
For most of us, science arrives in our lives packaged neatly as fact. But how did it get that way?
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Start your weekend with some of the top science news of the week.
Come with us to Chaco Canyon in northwestern New Mexico, which is rich with thousand-year-old artifacts of the ancient Pueblo culture and contains sites that appear to have been astronomical observatories.
Join us to learn about NASA's InSight Lander mission.
Go deep into the development of our Give Heart Cells a Beat exhibit.
Each webcast, the Exploratorium staff and teachers demonstrate their science projects and compete for the title of IRON SCIENCE TEACHER!
The more astronomy changes, the more it stays the same. This series of images juxtaposes ancient and modern study of the celestial bodies.
Tour a hydroponic greenhouse in frozen Antarctica.
Discover secret colors hidden in a black marker!
Get a glimpse of artist and physicist Theo Jansen's strandbeests.
Learn about the inner workings of a cell through this interactive exhibit.
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