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.
The brightest buds get all the glory – but they're not just for show.
The Turbulent Orb flows like the surface of Jupiter.
Find out why people who love birthday parties should move to Mercury.
With just mud, paper and an egg, you can grow colonies of multi-hued microbes!
Wind tubes are a playful and inventive way to explore the effect that moving air has on objects.
Put some glasses on and experience our exhibit 3-D Live.
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.
Why is baseball so popular in Japan?
Scratch Film, also known as Direct Animation, is the process of drawing and scratching designs directly onto film.
Listen to the sound of a rainstorm – anytime, anywhere.
Experiment with water, temperature, and light to see what makes a seed come out of its shell.
Hold a paper airplane contest and discover which plane flies the best.
Saving seeds helps preserve the culture of Native American farmers in the American Southwest and northern Mexico.
Explore mechanical elements such as cams, levers, and linkages to create your own moving sculpture.
Our reactions may be trained, but the devices that make music sound "sad" are real enough.
See how we cut the Exploratorium in two for seismic safety.
Learn about the rovers that have been exploring Mars since 2004, and view the amazing images they've taken.
Be mesmerized by the PVC structure that allows Strandbeests to walk.
Take a peek at the colorful world of plant sex.
Tinker with electricity using common objects: batteries, lights, buzzers, motors, switches, etc.
White-coated Arctic icons, these supreme hunters are under threat
by Liz Ball • September 14, 2017
Cassini prepares for the end of an era.
Brush up on the basics of Mars and Mars rovers.
by Jackie Clay • June 2, 2015
Exploratorium staff scientist fills us in on “why do we do what we do.”
Watch selections from the Kronos Quartet's performance at Resonance.
Why are San Francisco summers so foggy?
Learn valuable graphing skills and learn about ozone chemistry.
Interact with the Cafe Wall Illusion.
Explore the ideas behind Science of Sharing with these Activities.
Check out ColorFest, a two-month extravaganza celebrating color at the museum from July 1 to September 5.
See the JPL "sandbox" where robotic rovers are tested.
What do stem cells, fruit flies, and zebrafish look like under a microscope?
Meet Paul Spooner, an automata artist showcased at Curious Contraptions.
If you're a patient gardener, you can grow your own hybrid flowers.
Touch supercooled water drops with an ice crystal and trigger them to freeze instantly.
Use dominoes to model a nerve cell's transmission of a signal
anatomy of a skateboard, skateboard tricks, types of skateboarding, physics glossary.
An artist paints his childhood home from memory.
Discover the secret colors hidden in black ink. With a paper towel, a black marker, and a cup of water, create a rainbow of colors while exploring capillary action and chromatography.
Learn about ocean acidification with this simple experiment.
You can mix just three colors of light to make over 16 million different colors!
Explore the evolution of music and dance with Alonzo King and Bernie Krause.
Explore the ancient knowledge of the Maya, who built sophisticated monuments to the sun.
What happens to meat when you cook it?
The more astronomy changes, the more it stays the same. This series of images juxtaposes ancient and modern study of the celestial bodies.
Build a stripped-down motor, a simple, easy-to-make version of the electric motors found in toys, tools, and appliances.
Learn how Hubble Telescope scientists put together those lovely pictures.
Rube Goldberg-inspired cause and effect contraptions using everyday materials and found objects.
Put on a mask and see how we communicate with our bodies as well as with our faces and words.
Find out how a cochlear implant helped one man regain the ability to listen.
Reach out and investigate the Curiosity rover's robotic arm.
Explore the process of extracting DNA from Neanderthal bones.
Enjoy this time-compressed journey along China's Silk Road.
A fish-eye view of the brain
Learn about common electrical systems in our brains and fast-moving plants.
Learn how to bridge the digital generation gap
A model for heart development
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