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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.
The 18,000-foot Mt. Parinacota presents some fitness challenges for climbers.
Who lives in the Arctic, and how did they get there?
Join us for the music/cinema duo The Freddy McGuire Show.
Enter the world of felt and steam—see how hats are made.
Do hot water and cold water mix?
Visit Las Cuevas Research Station in Belize and the Natural History Museum in London to learn about the study of biodiversity.
Go behind the scenes of Self, Made with its curators and advisors.
Enjoy this time-compressed journey along China's Silk Road.
Kid-friendly explorations and experiments for curious minds.
From 1977 until 2003, the Exploratorium published a quarterly magazine. The Exploratorium Magazine Online is a companion to selected issues of the print magazine, providing key articles and activities and including multimedia features.
These tricky pictures shift and change as you look at them.
You can make sentences without words!
Humpbacks, minkes, and orcas are often sighted in the nutrient-rich Antarctic waters.
Why do road bikes have thin tires, while mountain bikes have fat tires?
by Rob Rothfarb • May 3, 2010
Learn about the most important piece of equipment-- your feet!
Can stem cells treat Alzheimer's disease?
Check out ColorFest, a two-month extravaganza celebrating color at the museum from July 1 to September 5.
Most paper airplanes are flat, but these paper hoops can really fly!
What happens to sandy or fine-grained soils when an earthquake shakes them up? Try this simple activity to find out.
Think you have a lot in common with a kiwi fruit? Genetically speaking, you do.
Scientists dig under the surface for clues to past climate
Explore the ideas behind Science of Sharing with these Activities.
Discover music where you never thought you'd find it.
Learn about the giants of the polar seas.
The Maya were expert sky-watchers, careful observers of the motions of the celestial bodies...
Check in on the fifth annual Science of Cocktails event.
Experience the slow majesty of the transit of Venus.
Go deep with the Oakland-based sound-making duo Black Spirituals.
This simple paper toy spins through the air like a mini-helicopter!
Will the "real" South Pole please stand up?
Make a simple musical instrument that sounds like a swarm of buzzing bees when you spin it around.
Study ultraviolet radiation from the sun and other sources using UV beads.
Map sunspots and build an apparatus for safe sunspot viewing!
When you ride a bike in a straight line, you must make many minor corrections in order to stay upright.
How does the Mars rover teach us about more than space?
Join the search for extraterrestrial life in the universe.
We can't predict when an earthquake will occur, but we can avoid some potential disasters.
by Sebastian • August 16, 2019
Tinker with electricity using common objects: batteries, lights, buzzers, motors, switches, etc.
Get a taste of how the earth's plates move.
Use the Science Journal mobile app to investigate the light around you.
Our reactions may be trained, but the devices that make music sound "sad" are real enough.
Find out why biodiversity benefits plants and people alike.
Explore the evolution of music and dance with Alonzo King and Bernie Krause.
by Eileen Campbell • July 29, 2017
Watch the moon pass through its phases as we count down to the total solar eclipse. Today: a quarter moon (waxing).
A multifaceted exhibition that explored genetics and the Human Genome Project from a variety of perspectives from April 8 to September 4, 1995.
Cameras taught us the math of vision—find out how.
Discover the uncommon stories behind the most common fruits and vegetables.
Rock out with renowned San Francisco band The Residents.
Crabeaters have extraordinary teeth, Weddells are downright cute, and leopards are as fierce as their namesake
Listen to internationally recognized authorities on human thought and behavior, including Temple Grandin and Paul Ekman.
Can you tell the difference between human and nonhuman embryos?
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