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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.
The 18,000-foot Mt. Parinacota presents some fitness challenges for climbers.
Have you ever wondered what makes blue cheese blue, or why some cheeses are hard and others soft?
by Steve Gennrich • January 7, 2017
Peter Taylor, Exploratorium Super-Technician, talks about his outdoor installation tools.
Measure your reaction time with just a meter stick and some help from a friend.
Go inside the Industrial Light & Magic model shop.
by Adam Esposito • June 29, 2015
Jupiter and Venus pass each other in sky this week.
Learn how Hubble Telescope scientists put together those lovely pictures.
Find out why people who love birthday parties should move to Mercury.
Do hot water and cold water mix?
A Scribbling Machine is a motorized contraption that moves in unusual ways and leaves a mark to trace it's path.
Visit the Outdoor Exploratorium at Fort Mason to explore the science behind wind, waves, and more.
How are emotional expressions built?
Journey into Chaco Canyon, where ancient people built monuments to the cosmos. Journey to Chichén Itzá, where the Maya built monuments to the sun.
What's the science behind a home run? Why do curveballs curve? Learn about the game from players from the S.F. Giants & Oakland A's.
Contemplate the continuum of cinema at After Dark.
Explore the ancient knowledge of the Maya, who built sophisticated monuments to the sun.
The Instruments Aboard the Mars Exploration Rover
White-coated Arctic icons, these supreme hunters are under threat
Test your memory–and learn how to improve it!
A collection of auditory illusions found in indigenous folk practices, popular music, and scientific research.
They're a menace to ships, but life thrives in these frozen oases.
Join the Exploratorium on the playa in Black Rock Desert and explore the science of pyrotechnics, flight, dust devils, rainbows, and more.
Can you tell the difference between human and nonhuman embryos?
Watch Reggie Watts improvise a song about visiting Mars (or not).
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.
Bulk up your understanding of the "muscles" that move Theo Jansen's strandbeests.
by Eileen Campbell • February 15, 2017
Winter rains muddy the waters in the Bay.
Discover how researchers study climate change and examine the latest scientific data.
Learn how to use physics to distinguish between raw eggs and hard-cooked eggs.
Come with us to Chaco Canyon in northwestern New Mexico, which is rich with thousand-year-old artifacts of the ancient Pueblo culture and contains sites that appear to have been astronomical observatories.
The more astronomy changes, the more it stays the same. This series of images juxtaposes ancient and modern study of the celestial bodies.
Tinker with electricity using common objects: batteries, lights, buzzers, motors, switches, etc.
Looking at the night sky can help you see how your eyes and brain make sense out of moonlight.
Discover secret colors hidden in a black marker!
by Rob Rothfarb • February 11, 2011
Visitors experienced the sights and smells of "Meta Cookie', an augmented reality installation at After Dark: Get Surreal.
Explore webcasts, stories, dispatches, photos, and articles of total and annular solar eclipses and transits.
Why do road bikes have thin tires, while mountain bikes have fat tires?
Explore the places, people, tools, and ideas behind the origins of matter, the universe, and life itself.
Ensure a successful ocean acidification experiment with these teaching tips.
See a map of recent earthquakes in the United States, and learn why earthquakes happen so frequently on the West Coast.
See what plankton live under and around the Exploratorium.
Imagine yourself in the middle of the vast Pacific Ocean. You've been sailing for weeks, and there's no land in sight. Do you know where you are? Do you know which way to go?
Get a taste of how the earth's plates move.
Build a mirrored tube that lets you see around corners and over walls.
Learn about scale and structure with eight great activities designed for the elementary classroom.
Sperimenta interattivamente l'illusione del muro del caffé.
Where are you in infinity? Try the Infinity Room.
Recycle a potato chip can into a simple camera.
A trash-filled median blossoms into a community oasis.
Build a stripped-down motor, a simple, easy-to-make version of the electric motors found in toys, tools, and appliances.
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