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Try this collection of prompts for tinkering at home.
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 earth moves in mysterious ways
Try these low-cost, teacher-tested activities for the classroom and the curious.
Get a sneak peek of the InSight Mars mission.
Explore the places, people, tools, and ideas behind the origins of matter, the universe, and life itself.
Listen to bird songs and try to figure out which are songs, which are companion calls, and which are alarms.
Learn valuable graphing skills and learn about ozone chemistry.
Learn how eyes work, and watch a cow's eye dissection. Then follow step-by-step instructions to do a cow's eye dissection yourself.
See what plankton live under and around the Exploratorium.
Check out our coverage of NASA’s rover, Curiosity, from 2012.
Hear vocal tract models transform the squawk of a duck call into vowel sounds.
Introduce students to unique life science activities that let them work with our research-quality microscopic images and videos.
Make it grow . . . bigger, lusher, juicier.
Join us as we crunch our way through everything from our San Francisco sourdough to Injera and Pugliese.
Activities and History
Put your mind to tackling these classic engineering problems.
What makes Antarctica inhospitable to life also makes it ideal for astronomy.
Contemplate the continuum of cinema at After Dark.
Find out how proteins make muscles work in this original Exploratorium poster, illustrated by David Goodsell.
Learn about common electrical systems in our brains and fast-moving plants.
Get your antennae ready for what's on the airwaves.
An incubator for innovative public space ideas, projects and news
Before there were clocks, people used shadows to tell time!
Make yourself giant or tiny with a snip of the scissors.
Download desktop wallpaper for your computer.
Si mira fijamente este punto por algunos momentos, éste desaparece.
Meteor, meteorite, meteoroid – what's the difference?
One man's journey into blindness
Meet a kinetic sculptor.
Can a gum wrapper have a story? Discover just how important and meaningful an object can be.
Try your hand at explaining symbols both modern and ancient, and then make your own.
by Mary Miller • October 18, 2017
Fall is fire season in California, worse this year than ever before.
Explore a timeline of homind fossils.
Get to know automata maker Kazu Harada's artistic journey.
Listen to internationally recognized authorities on human thought and behavior, including Temple Grandin and Paul Ekman.
These unique – and uniquely beautiful – seal species spend their lives amid the sea ice
Stories about science, art, and human perception—from 1998.
Put on a mask and see how we communicate with our bodies as well as with our faces and words.
Listen to the sound of a rainstorm – anytime, anywhere.
Explore a part of the Galapagos that Darwin never saw.
The common ground between pickles, cheese, bread, wine, and many other foods.
Discover secret colors hidden in a black marker!
Find out why people who love birthday parties should move to Mercury.
Come out to play on Seward Street concrete slides.
Geometry Playground will change the way you think about geometry. This exhibition engages your hands, brain, and body in playful investigations of this most visible branch of math.
Make your own refracting telescope from a pair of reading glasses.
Find a friend and try this sound localization experiement
Nobel Laureate Symposium
Step inside San Francisco's landmark camera obscura with operator Robert Tacchetto.
(Embarcadero at Green Street)
San Francisco, CA 94111
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