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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
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You can make a light painting with a light source, a darkened room, and a digital camera.
I movimenti dei tuoi occhi faranno brillare questo disegno.
The more astronomy changes, the more it stays the same. This series of images juxtaposes ancient and modern study of the celestial bodies.
Make a bird appear in a cage using only your eyes.
What's at fault?
Four downloadable workshop guides for teaching introductory genetics in a museum or other informal education setting.
Most paper airplanes are flat, but these paper hoops can really fly!
Can you cover your kitchen tracks?
Visit Las Cuevas Research Station in Belize and the Natural History Museum in London to learn about the study of biodiversity.
Learn about scale and structure with eight great activities designed for the elementary classroom.
Get messy with ExploraGoo and Outrageous Ooze! Get airborne with the Fabulous Foam Flyer! Get loud with the Water Gong or Straw Oboe!
by Eileen Campbell • February 15, 2017
Winter rains muddy the waters in the Bay.
How do different sounds combine to make the unique audio environments of specific places? Build the soundscapes of a beach and a train station.
Listen in on the mind behind cellist Okkyung Lee's kinetic style.
What is a gear ratio? And how do gears help make the bicycle so efficient?
A multifaceted exhibition that explored genetics and the Human Genome Project from a variety of perspectives from April 8 to September 4, 1995.
Find a friend and try this sound localization experiement
Walk in the shoes of Dean Hudson. As a visually impaired person, Dean depends on audio clues to navigate through the world.
Use printable images from our time-lapse movies to make flipbooks–handheld animations that you can make at home.
Far north in the night sky, a faint glow appears on the horizon. Green and red flames of light stretch across the sky.
Experience A.J. Racy's compositions exploring ancient forms from Middle Eastern culture.
This new version of an old game will bend your brain.
Each webcast, the Exploratorium staff and teachers demonstrate their science projects and compete for the title of IRON SCIENCE TEACHER!
Make cool boxes out of old (or new) greeting cards and postcards.
Cells behaving badly
Make a simple rocket and a rocket launcher, and watch a demonstration of how the finished rocket will fly.
Do hot water and cold water mix?
Human corpses decay alfresco, all in the name of forensic science.
Why is the bicycle the most efficient way to travel? Explore bicycle science and culture.
Fall into a trance with multi-instrumentalist Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe.
Your brain is always looking for blank spaces and filling them in. Sometimes, your brain leaps to the wrong conclusion. Then you get a surprise!
Join us as we investigate the sweet world of sugar.
High energy prices got you down? Discover how pickles can ease your troubles.
Rube Goldberg-inspired cause and effect contraptions using everyday materials and found objects.
Discover the uncommon stories behind the most common fruits and vegetables.
See how we cut the Exploratorium in two for seismic safety.
Listen in on conversations with Laurie Anderson, Brian Eno, and others in Speaking of Music Rewind.
Get down and dirty with the surprising science of soil.
How good is your friend's driving? You be the seismometer, and find out whether your pal is a smooth sailor or a mover and shaker.
These unique – and uniquely beautiful – seal species spend their lives amid the sea ice
Explore Saturn, its rings and moons, and see the latest images.
Produce some pretty mixed-up music with this online interactive.
With just mud, paper and an egg, you can grow colonies of multi-hued microbes!
Discover music where you never expected to find it.
It's easy to fold a sheet of paper in half. But can you fold a sheet of paper in half ten times?
A Scribbling Machine is a motorized contraption that moves in unusual ways and leaves a mark to trace it's path.
Hike with artist Harrell Fletcher from the Exploratorium to Mount Diablo.
They're a menace to ships, but life thrives in these frozen oases.
Explore the places, people, tools, and ideas behind the origins of matter, the universe, and life itself.
Touch supercooled water drops with an ice crystal and trigger them to freeze instantly.
Scratch Film, also known as Direct Animation, is the process of drawing and scratching designs directly onto film.
Amino acids and corn syrup combine to create new aromas.
Use the Science Journal mobile app to investigate the sound around you.
A collection of auditory illusions found in indigenous folk practices, popular music, and scientific research.
Explore the process of extracting DNA from Neanderthal bones.
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