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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 hands-on 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 Antarctic food web is the simplest on the planet, and krill are at its hub.
The Exploratorium wasn't built in a day—watch it go up in a minute.
How do you stop and steer a bicycle? What forces keep the bicycle from falling over?
What's in that cup of coffee anyway? Find out about the history and chemistry of coffee.
Check out ColorFest, a two-month extravaganza celebrating color at the museum from July 1 to September 5.
See how TV screens create images from many tiny colored dots of light.
Join Theo Jansen and watch the strandbeests come alive.
Explore the idiosyncrasies of strandbeest motion as one traverses the beach.
Your thumb and index finger can help you test a steak's degree of doneness.
Vsit a quirky kitchen where you can compose music with ordinary (and not-so-ordinary) objects.
These unique – and uniquely beautiful – seal species spend their lives amid the sea ice
Put on a mask and see how we communicate with our bodies as well as with our faces and words.
A trash-filled median blossoms into a community oasis.
Your brain is always looking for blank spaces and filling them in. Sometimes, your brain leaps to the wrong conclusion. Then you get a surprise!
Learn to throw a curveball, a slider, or even a screwball by throwing a Styrofoam ball.
Test your memory and compare it with your friends'.
Find your rhythm—or bring to life the music in your head.
There's more to polar ice than just frozen water. Learn about the many varieties of ice found at the poles and how and where they form.
Touch supercooled water drops with an ice crystal and trigger them to freeze instantly.
Use your naked egg to experiment with osmosis, the movement of water across a membrane.
Get an up-close view of the Galapagos Rift Zone.
Seasoned gardeners depend on a community of bacteria, worms, and insects to get the most out of their plantings. Find out why.
Use the abracadabra of electrons to make tinsel fly.
Using a spectroscope, you may see that what appears to be a single color of light is really a combination of colors called a spectrum.
Find out why people who love birthday parties should move to Mercury.
Explore the Traits of Life exhibition space using this 360˚ panorama.
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.
Saving seeds helps preserve the culture of Native American farmers in the American Southwest and northern Mexico.
Explore the ancient knowledge of the Maya, who built sophisticated monuments to the sun.
Our collaboration with Public Radio International's The World. With Public Radio International, we're taking technology news beyond the headlines.
Gather and compare real data about sunspots and solar x-ray activity.
Each webcast, the Exploratorium staff and teachers demonstrate their science projects and compete for the title of IRON SCIENCE TEACHER!
The nearly ice-free Dry Valleys are an Antarctic anomaly, and Earth's closest equivalent to Mars.
An introduction to spectra and to the space-based telescopes. The site includes a number of hands-on activities.
Open a celestial and technological time capsule—watch this eclipse webcast.
This 2011 conference, hosted at the Exploratorium, explored the role aesthetic inquiry in public interdisciplinary environments.
Learn about oxygen and hydrogen after water has been separated.
Can't decide if you're sandy or silty? Try this simple test.
See living stem cells and find out why they are the "stem" from which all other cells develop.
Is there life on Mars? Our best evidence so far is a baked-potato-sized chunk of rock found in Antarctica.
by Eileen Campbell • December 29, 2016
Read our picks for the Unsung Science stories of 2016.
Find out what all that fiddling around before a concert is really about.
Tiny shrimplike crustaceans, krill play a critical roll in many marine food webs, even feeding huge baleen whales.
Most paper airplanes are flat, but these paper hoops can really fly!
Download a PDF file with step-by-step instructions for doing your own cow's eye dissection.
The majority of Barrow residents are indigenous people who live both traditional and modern lives
Living along the continental coastline of Antarctica are the emperors and the Adélies.
Check in on the fifth annual Science of Cocktails event.
An ordinary metal spoon can make some astounding sounds!
The common ground between pickles, cheese, bread, wine, and many other foods.
Pickling is the art of manipulating the microbial garden in foods.
Grow spikes of crystals in the sun.
Think you have a lot in common with a kiwi fruit? Genetically speaking, you do.
The Exploratorium is more than a science museum.
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