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.
Why do road bikes have thin tires, while mountain bikes have fat tires?
Scientific knowledge and a few chemical concoctions can get you through a Bad Hair Day.
In Observance of the 50th Anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Listen to internationally recognized authorities on human thought and behavior, including Temple Grandin and Paul Ekman.
Resonate with Bosun's Bass, a sound work inspired by mariners' whistles.
by Eclipse Field Crew • February 29, 2016
Dispatches from our crew in Micronesia.
Check out efforts to restore California’s native steelhead and salmon.
Get a taste of how the earth's plates move.
Can you take a sip of water from a cup with your eyes closed?
Create your own fish mummy using common baking soda!
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!
Sink into the deeply synesthetic experience of the Joshua Light Show.
See the JPL "sandbox" where robotic rovers are tested.
Contemplate the continuum of cinema at After Dark.
Make a simple musical instrument that sounds like a swarm of buzzing bees when you spin it around.
Grow your own stalagmites in luscious colors.
Your guide to the Northern and Southern Lights (also in 'Observatory')
Before there were clocks, people used shadows to tell time!
A multifaceted exhibition that explored genetics and the Human Genome Project from a variety of perspectives from April 8 to September 4, 1995.
Experience the Exploratorium's traveling road show all over San Francisco.
Far north in the night sky, a faint glow appears on the horizon. Green and red flames of light stretch across the sky.
A series of talks celebrating both the historical and contemporary dimensions of the Eames design legacy.
Recycle some cans to make after-dinner music!
Darkening polar skies often bring beautiful light displays.
The Maya were expert sky-watchers, careful observers of the motions of the celestial bodies...
Explore Saturn, its rings and moons, and see the latest images.
See a map of recent earthquakes in the United States, and learn why earthquakes happen so frequently on the West Coast.
anatomy of a skateboard, skateboard tricks, types of skateboarding, physics glossary.
The nearly ice-free Dry Valleys are an Antarctic anomaly, and Earth's closest equivalent to Mars.
Why are San Francisco summers so foggy?
Make a simple rocket and a rocket launcher, and watch a demonstration of how the finished rocket will fly.
Learn about the inner workings of a cell through this interactive exhibit.
Why is baseball so popular in Japan?
How are creative investigations sparked? What does a state of inspiration feel like? Can inspiration be transmitted from person to person? Join us for an audio slideshow series that explores the fascinating world of how we work creatively.
British artist Tim Hunkin discusses his whimsical Tinkerer's Clock.
Explore the relationship between an object's volume and its weight.
High energy prices got you down? Discover how pickles can ease your troubles.
Hike with artist Harrell Fletcher from the Exploratorium to Mount Diablo.
Crabeaters have extraordinary teeth, Weddells are downright cute, and leopards are as fierce as their namesake
by Liz Ball • July 13, 2017
Join the Kronos Quartet for a performance like no other.
Want to understand how to predict when the good waves are coming to your shore? It helps to start with the basics behind the formation of ocean waves.
Explore the process of extracting DNA from Neanderthal bones.
Make a spinning disc called a stroboscope, which lets you create your own animated cartoon.
See how we cut the Exploratorium in two for seismic safety.
by Mary Miller • October 18, 2017
Fall is fire season in California, worse this year than ever before.
Looking at the night sky can help you see how your eyes and brain make sense out of moonlight.
Follow scientists looking for life in the hot springs of the Russian Far East.
Use this handy conversion calculator to convert between the many units found in recipes.
Imaginative Designs in Digital and Analog Clothing
Bay Area composer Eric Glick Rieman discusses his wide-ranging pieces.
You can make sentences without words!
A little physics can go a long way on that shortboard.
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