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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.
Test your memory and compare it with your friends'.
Explore the Traits of Life exhibition space using this 360˚ panorama.
Scientists dig under the surface for clues to past climate
Here's how you can model the use of X rays for medical examinations with some sand and a piece of screen.
Learn how living things get energy from dead ones in this interactive exhibit.
Listen as we demonstrate the meaning of sound jargon.
Try your hand at explaining symbols both modern and ancient, and then make your own.
Explore new social science exhibits at San Francisco’s Civic Center.
Test your memory - and learn how to improve it!
Before there were clocks, people used shadows to tell time!
Listen to bird songs and try to figure out which are songs, which are companion calls, and which are alarms.
by Rob Rothfarb • March 13, 2017
Using a software defined radio (SDR) and freely-available software, you can receive images directly from orbiting weather satellites.
See how well various materials conduct electricity and use Science Journal to explore your data.
by Eileen Campbell • August 7, 2017
Watch the moon pass through its phases as we count down to the total solar eclipse. Tonight: a full moon.
Explore an interactive map.
How do you stop and steer a bicycle? What forces keep the bicycle from falling over?
What do you really know about what you see?
Turn sound into light and back again.
High energy prices got you down? Discover how pickles can ease your troubles.
Learn how changes in genes over generations created the modern goldfish.
Not all bubbles are made with soap!
Listen in on conversations with Laurie Anderson, Brian Eno, and others in Speaking of Music Rewind.
Vsit a quirky kitchen where you can compose music with ordinary (and not-so-ordinary) objects.
by Mary Miller • April 19, 2017
Launch our new web app to explore environmental data.
Wade into a sea of images and sounds with Actual Reality.
Experience the wonder of the Exploratorium's opening at Pier 15.
Go behind the scenes of Self, Made with its curators and advisors.
Learn about common techniques for peering inside the body in order to diagnose disease and injury.
Find out how this extreme sport is governed by the principles of momentum, gravity, friction, and centripetal force. Learn skateboarding history, technology, and more!
What happens to meat when you cook it?
You may be surprised at the results of this "wimpy" workout.
Most people abhor the sound of their own recorded voice. So what are these recording devices doing to our voices to make them sound so awful?
In the 1870s, an American woman could not vote. She could not own property in her own name after marriage. But she could play ball. . .
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.
Play a memory concentration game: Listen closely then match pairs of sounds.
Explore a part of the Galapagos that Darwin never saw.
What can you build with 50 straws and 50 pins?
Consider decision-making for an aging population and its implications.
A do-it-yourself cartoon kit. It's easy to make pictures move!
Can you take a sip of water from a cup with your eyes closed?
Baltimore-based musician Dan Deacon connects the audience to the player-piano.
See what's on the Curiosity rover's tool belt.
The brightest buds get all the glory – but they're not just for show.
Music, fear, sadness all can cause goosebumps. But why?
Build a stripped-down motor, a simple, easy-to-make version of the electric motors found in toys, tools, and appliances.
Experience the slow majesty of the transit of Venus.
Discover the artistry behind some of cinema's most iconic scenes.
Rube Goldberg-inspired cause and effect contraptions using everyday materials and found objects.
Spin the bottle to see beautiful swirling shapes
How are creative investigations sparked? What does a state of inspiration feel like? Can inspiration be transmitted from person to person? Join us for an audio slideshow series that explores the fascinating world of how we work creatively.
See the JPL "sandbox" where robotic rovers are tested.
by Eileen Campbell • July 8, 2017
A collection of auditory illusions found in indigenous folk practices, popular music, and scientific research.
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