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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.
Examine words from different languages and determine which two languages are the most closely related.
Listen to bird songs and try to figure out which are songs, which are companion calls, and which are alarms.
Explore small, surreal worlds through Curious Contraptions automata.
Take a virtual journey to the frog capital of the world, Rayne, Louisiana.
Take a peek at the colorful world of plant sex.
Produce some pretty mixed-up music with this online interactive.
A multifaceted exhibition that explored genetics and the Human Genome Project from a variety of perspectives from April 8 to September 4, 1995.
The Exploratorium wasn't built in a day—watch it go up in a minute.
Capture the sound of your beautiful voice by singing into a wok.
Bubbles are round when they float free through air. But what happens when you pack bubbles together?
Darkening polar skies often bring beautiful light displays.
How does drafting help a cyclist? What is skin friction?
Our collaboration with Public Radio International's The World. With Public Radio International, we're taking technology news beyond the headlines.
Si mira fijamente este punto por algunos momentos, éste desaparece.
Meet Carlos Zapata, an automata artist showcased at Curious Contraptions.
Make a simple rocket and a rocket launcher, and watch a demonstration of how the finished rocket will fly.
Learn about scale and structure with eight great activities designed for the elementary classroom.
A Scribbling Machine is a motorized contraption that moves in unusual ways and leaves a mark to trace it's path.
Add and subtract colors to learn about human perception.
Make it grow . . . bigger, lusher, juicier.
The more astronomy changes, the more it stays the same. This series of images juxtaposes ancient and modern study of the celestial bodies.
Watch tiny blue, green, and white molds grow on leftover food.
See how the ocean drives Bay Area weather and climate.
Join curator Marina McDougall for a conversation with photographer Lena Herzog.
Turn sound into light and back again.
Visit Las Cuevas Research Station in Belize and the Natural History Museum in London to learn about the study of biodiversity.
The three most densely populated cities on the planet where seismologists expect major earthquakes are San Francisco, Tokyo, and Istanbul. Find out why the effects in each city will be very different.
Are there earthquakes on Mars? Or rather, “marsquakes?"
Experiment with water, temperature, and light to see what makes a seed come out of its shell.
How do you stop and steer a bicycle? What forces keep the bicycle from falling over?
Make a paper model that helps explain the changing tides.
Grow marshmallows to monstrous proportions!
Meet a kinetic sculptor.
Learn about the body's vital defense force.
Summertime in the Arctic is for the birds
British artist Tim Hunkin discusses his whimsical Tinkerer's Clock.
Human corpses decay alfresco, all in the name of forensic science.
How many objects can you follow at once?
The Science Information Infrastructure (SII) is a collaboration among teachers and scientists. The SII at the Exploratorium is developing educational resources using NASA images and datasets.
Join us as we crunch our way through everything from our San Francisco sourdough to Injera and Pugliese.
A comprehensive tour through the weird and wonderful world of frogs.
Turn a flickering light into a complete image in your eye.
An incubator for innovative public space ideas, projects and news
What do you really know about what you see?
This new version of an old game will bend your brain.
Explore mechanical elements such as cams, levers, and linkages to create your own moving sculpture.
Hear from Theo Jansen how the strandbeests' feet have changed and why.
Bike builder David Folch makes supersized bikes for supersized riders.
It's easy to fold a sheet of paper in half. But can you fold a sheet of paper in half ten times?
Go behind the scenes of Self, Made with its curators and advisors.
Sperimenta interattivamente l'illusione del muro del caffé.
Exploring the diversity, distribution, and abundance of life in the oceans
Find out about bicycle brakes and balance, and calculate your stopping distance on a bicycle.
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