Reopening July 1! What to expect
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.
In an earthquake, some older structures collapse and others stand tall. The difference is usually retrofitting.
Follow along with expedition leader Bob Ballard and his crew on the exploration vessel Nautilus as they search for hydrothermal vents, underwater volcanoes, and ancient shipwrecks.
Visit the beating heart of the Exploratorium—our shop.
A brief history of Chichen Itza.
Take a look at Mars rocks with the Curiosity rover.
Listen to the story of Ladle Rat Rotten Hut.
An additive mixture of light makes for some colorful fun.
For most of us, science arrives in our lives packaged neatly as fact. But how did it get that way?
Get to know the tiny "astronauts" known as tardigrades.
Scientific knowledge and a few chemical concoctions can get you through a Bad Hair Day.
Why do road bikes have thin tires, while mountain bikes have fat tires?
Meet David Goodsell, a molecular biologist and artist who finds beauty in the molecules of cells.
The Antarctic food web is the simplest on the planet, and krill are at its hub.
A series of talks celebrating both the historical and contemporary dimensions of the Eames design legacy.
Learn valuable graphing skills and learn about ozone chemistry.
Just how do we remember a face?
Discover the uncommon stories behind the most common fruits and vegetables.
You can make a light painting with a light source, a darkened room, and a digital camera.
by Sebastian • January 20, 2019
Build a mirrored tube that lets you see around corners and over walls.
Visit the Outdoor Exploratorium at Fort Mason to explore the science behind wind, waves, and more.
Get a taste of how the earth's plates move.
Design and build a musical instrument that responds to changing light.
Close your eyes and listen to tell where the paddle is when you play this all-listening version of the classic game Pong.
Why is your shadow longer in winter than in summer? Grab a basketball and some paperclips and find out!
Can you trust your own memory? Find out with this activity.
Heat-trapping gases play a major role in polar climate change.
Recycle some cans to make after-dinner music!
by Liz Ball • July 13, 2017
Join the Kronos Quartet for a performance like no other.
The 1906 earthquake jolted geologists into focusing on how and why faults break loose.
Explore the scientific, historical, and cultural context behind a new opera about the first atomic bomb test.
Discover music where you never expected to find it.
Explore time and space with the music of Jen Finer.
Ever notice how noisy people are?
Break water into hydrogen and oxygen using a homemade electrolysis device.
Shake it 'til you break it (or not).
Discover how researchers study climate change and examine the latest scientific data.
What does it take to block gamma radiation?
Learn about the inner workings of a cell through this interactive exhibit.
Decorate your desktop with some of the most intriguing pattern and perception images from the Exploratorium.
Join us as we crunch our way through everything from our San Francisco sourdough to Injera and Pugliese.
Ever wonder what you might weigh on Mars or the moon? Here's your chance to find out.
The Maya were expert sky-watchers, careful observers of the motions of the celestial bodies...
Put your mind to tackling these classic engineering problems.
Get your antennae ready for what's on the airwaves.
A multifaceted exhibition that explored genetics and the Human Genome Project from a variety of perspectives from April 8 to September 4, 1995.
Enjoy Reggie Watt's take on exploration of Mars.
Buy discounted tickets online—hop-off at stop #3 to visit the Exploratorium.
Sperimenta interattivamente l'illusione del muro del caffé.
Gather and compare real data about sunspots and solar x-ray activity.
Explore sound waves in this resonant presentation.
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