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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.
See if you can put these sounds back together in this sonic jigsaw puzzle.
A physicist, a scientist, and a musician experiment with sound, music, and acoustics using instruments both real and found.
Use live data to check the weather in space, and learn how it can affect us here on earth.
Discover the uncommon stories behind the most common fruits and vegetables.
Your worn shoe soles reveal whether your feet roll excessively from side to side as you walk.
A collection of auditory illusions found in indigenous folk practices, popular music, and scientific research.
Design and build a musical instrument that responds to changing light.
Grab a friend and measure the outer limits of your vision.
There's more to polar ice than just frozen water. Learn about the many varieties of ice found at the poles and how and where they form.
Explore the Traits of Life exhibition space using this 360˚ panorama.
Meet David Goodsell, a molecular biologist and artist who finds beauty in the molecules of cells.
Explore gluten, the substance that gives bread its structure.
Get mesmerized by choreographer Alonzo King and soundscape artist Bernie Krause.
Stand outside on a sunny day with a watch in your hand, and you can tell which way is north.
Learn how to tie the six knots most useful on a voyaging canoe.
Experience the thrill of pickle making, and explore how a cucumber becomes a pickle.
Ensure a successful ocean acidification experiment with these teaching tips.
Make a paper model that helps explain the changing tides.
Make your own refracting telescope from a pair of reading glasses.
Brush up on the basics of Mars and Mars rovers.
This new version of an old game will bend your brain.
Turn your phone into a pocket science laboratory with tools to measure light, motion, sound, and more.
See how well various materials conduct electricity and use Science Journal to explore your data.
A little physics can go a long way on that shortboard.
What goes on under the ground during an earthquake? Use a Slinky to model the various seismic waves that make the earth tremble.
With a lens, you can bend light to make pictures of the world.
Where is the Center of the Universe? Here, there, and everywhere.
The more astronomy changes, the more it stays the same. This series of images juxtaposes ancient and modern study of the celestial bodies.
Bay Area composer Eric Glick Rieman discusses his wide-ranging pieces.
Join us as we crunch our way through everything from our San Francisco sourdough to Injera and Pugliese.
Show yourself how a pinch of salt can take the bitter taste away.
Big magnets and black sand were made for play.
The Exploratorium wasn't built in a day—watch it go up in a minute.
See astounding musical instruments made by Bart Hopkin
Get caught up in the whimsy of the Tinkerer's Clock.
by Exploratorium Staff • June 4, 2015
MIT cognitive scientist and Exploratorium Osher Fellow Aude Oliva researches what makes a photo memorable.
Take an impressionistic journey through the Exploratorium's Life Sciences area.
Listen to the story of Ladle Rat Rotten Hut.
A model for heart development
Can you take a sip of water from a cup with your eyes closed?
Our bodies contain 30 trillion microbes, a microbiome that seems essential for our well-being.
See living stem cells and find out why they are the "stem" from which all other cells develop.
Our reactions may be trained, but the devices that make music sound "sad" are real enough.
Learn how you too can enjoy our activities in your kitchen, garage, classroom, and community.
What do snowflakes look like on Mars?
Use live data to make your own wave predictions, wherever you are.
Spin the bottle to see beautiful swirling shapes
In Balancing Ball, high pressure keeps a beach ball aloft.
Build a simple motorized toy made of a recycled CD and a DC motor.
What can you do with a frozen water balloon? Plenty!
You may be surprised at the results of this "wimpy" workout.
Explore the process of extracting DNA from Neanderthal bones.
The Science of Hockey takes you inside the sport and explains the science behind the world's fastest game. The site contains RealVideo interviews with scientists and NHL players and coaches.
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