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.
Shake up the art of mixology with the science behind it.
The Instruments Aboard the Mars Exploration Rover
Measure the brightness of the sun using cooking oil and a white card.
Saving seeds helps preserve the culture of Native American farmers in the American Southwest and northern Mexico.
The lure of Terra Australis Incognita begins with the Ancient Greeks and ends with modern cruise ships.
Learn how living things get energy from dead ones in this interactive exhibit.
by Eileen Campbell • February 15, 2017
Winter rains muddy the waters in the Bay.
A do-it-yourself cartoon kit. It's easy to make pictures move!
Discover the ingenious fixes and unexpected materials behind iconic movie scenes.
See living stem cells and find out why they are the "stem" from which all other cells develop.
Identify misalignments in your body by looking at your feet.
The air-filled sculptures of Inflatable keep it light.
by Kevin Boyd • November 10, 2015
A giant blob of warm water means no crab for Christmas.
by Eileen Campbell • July 8, 2017
Watch the moon pass through its phases as we count down to the total solar eclipse. Tonight: a full moon.
by Mary Miller • August 20, 2016
Join a Live Deep Sea Exploration of our Coastal Sanctuary
APE was a four-year Exploratorium project to explore strategies and tactics to shift the role of visitors from passive recipient of information to active participant in the exhibit experience.
Explore the scientific, historical, and cultural context behind a new opera about the first atomic bomb test.
Four exhibits small enough to fit on postcards.
Activities and History
Use dominoes to model a nerve cell's transmission of a signal
Try these low-cost, teacher-tested activities for the classroom and the curious.
Explore the ideas behind Science of Sharing with these Activities.
Watch ancient text revealed and read for the first time in a thousand years!
Four times over 100-plus years, major initiatives have brought together scientists from around the globe to collaboratively study the poles.
A Marble Machine is a creative ball-run contraption, made from familiar materials, designed to send a rolling marble through tubes and funnels, across tracks and bumpers, and into a catch at the end.
In this activity, students make bridges using an oil-based modeling clay (plasticene).
Find out what all that fiddling around before a concert is really about.
Art/science teams explore the underlying systems that give the San Francisco Bay Area its unique character.
Humpbacks, minkes, and orcas are often sighted in the nutrient-rich Antarctic waters.
Enjoy the colors and textures of phenomena demonstrated by Exploratorium exhibits.
Lisa Miller is a mechanic and teacher who shows her auto shop students how to use their listening skills to fix cars.
Not all shadows are black. Discover a rainbow of shadows here.
By passing the winter frozen as solid as a holiday fruit cake, the wood frog breaks all rules. Scientists hoping to preserve human organs are paying close attention.
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.
Pick one and guess the source
Think you have a lot in common with a kiwi fruit? Genetically speaking, you do.
What do you really know about what you see?
You can make sentences without words!
See why these beautiful flowers have attracted generations of admirers.
by Rob Rothfarb • May 3, 2010
Contemplate the continuum of cinema at After Dark.
Explore the surprising side of color.
See how balls bounce using a double-layer water balloon.
Listen to bird songs and try to figure out which are songs, which are companion calls, and which are alarms.
Does the sun rise in the east? Not exactly.
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