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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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Tour a hydroponic greenhouse in frozen Antarctica.
Darkening polar skies often bring beautiful light displays.
Build a mirrored tube that lets you see around corners and over walls.
Meet Matt Smith, an automata artist showcased at the Curious Contraptions exhibition.
San Francisco was born in gold dust, and nearly died in rubble and ashes.
Explore time and space with the music of Jen Finer.
Looking at the night sky can help you see how your eyes and brain make sense out of moonlight.
Learn how sparkling wine is made, what makes it different from still wine, and where all those little bubbles come from!
Get a taste of how the earth's plates move.
Each webcast, the Exploratorium staff and teachers demonstrate their science projects and compete for the title of IRON SCIENCE TEACHER!
Learn how to tie the six knots most useful on a voyaging canoe.
Make very, very, very tiny lightning, anytime you want!
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.
Wind tubes are a playful and inventive way to explore the effect that moving air has on objects.
A rock-climbing physicist explores the mechanics of his hands.
How can something as light as air slow down a hit?
Tour the Breads of the World
Share some secret sounds with a friend.
Will the "real" South Pole please stand up?
The more astronomy changes, the more it stays the same. This series of images juxtaposes ancient and modern study of the celestial bodies.
Our new Shadow Box is made of large phosphor screens which store light from a strobe flash, temporarily freezing the visitor's shadow.
Before there were clocks, people used shadows to tell time!
Professional development resources for teacher educators.
Check out our coverage of NASA’s rover, Curiosity, from 2012.
What geometric shapes can you find on the playground?
We can't predict when an earthquake will occur, but we can avoid some potential disasters.
Learn about the inner workings of a cell through this interactive exhibit.
Join us as we crunch our way through everything from our San Francisco sourdough to Injera and Pugliese.
Make a fantastic toy that shimmers when you shake it.
This simple paper toy spins through the air like a mini-helicopter!
An introduction to the concepts and theories that contribute to contemporary complexity research.
Explore the afterimages your eyes and your brain create.
See what plankton live under and around the Exploratorium.
Three auditory illusions created by students from the Center for Electronic Art.
In 2009, the ECHO (Education through Cultural and Historical Organizations) Partners hosted a national symposium held at the Exploratorium to discuss the effects of climate change on the planet. You can watch archived webcasts of the symposium.
Demonstrations of electric Robo-Cars made by 22 Science Summer students.
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.
Follow the process of designing and casting our new bell.
In this video, Exploratorium educator Aiona Bones invites you to look through the vortex.
The Maya were expert sky-watchers, careful observers of the motions of the celestial bodies...
Visit an organic egg farm, and see the science behind raising those eggs.
What do stem cells, fruit flies, and zebrafish look like under a microscope?
by Liz Ball • September 14, 2017
Cassini prepares for the end of an era.
Explore mechanical elements such as cams, levers, and linkages to create your own moving sculpture.
Explore the unknown world inside your brain with these fun activities.
In an earthquake, some older structures collapse and others stand tall. The difference is usually retrofitting.
A drop of water makes a fine magnifying lens.
Explore the places, people, tools, and ideas behind the origins of matter, the universe, and life itself.
The Exploratorium is taking it outside to explore natural and human-made phenomena in and around San Francisco. Look for new episodes twice each month.
Check out an interview with innovator, musician, and composer Roscoe Mitchell.
Learn how changes in genes over generations created the modern goldfish.
Observe Theo Jansen and a strandbeest strolling on a sunny beach.
These unique – and uniquely beautiful – seal species spend their lives amid the sea ice
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