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.
See how 3D printing can be used to make art.
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.
A brief history of Chichen Itza.
Meet Fi Henshall, an automata artist showcased at the Curious Contraptions exhibition.
Enjoy the immediacy and immersive storytelling of this cinematic collaboration.
Watch colors play in this quick exploration of layering hues.
Use dominoes to model a nerve cell's transmission of a signal
Learn to count like the Maya by studying one of their ancient stone documents.
Explore light, shadow, and motion using a variety of simple materials and light sources.
Activities and History
Join curator Marina McDougall for a conversation with photographer Lena Herzog.
This 2011 conference, hosted at the Exploratorium, explored the role aesthetic inquiry in public interdisciplinary environments.
Learn how you too can enjoy our activities in your kitchen, garage, classroom, and community.
The more astronomy changes, the more it stays the same. This series of images juxtaposes ancient and modern study of the celestial bodies.
Grow your own stalagmites in luscious colors.
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.
Join us as we crunch our way through everything from our San Francisco sourdough to Injera and Pugliese.
A profile of frog researcher Dr. Tyrone Hayes.
Make a bird appear in a cage using only your eyes.
How good is your friend's driving? You be the seismometer, and find out whether your pal is a smooth sailor or a mover and shaker.
Geometry Playground will change the way you think about geometry. This exhibition engages your hands, brain, and body in playful investigations of this most visible branch of math.
What do you really know about what you see?
Brush up on the basics of Mars and Mars rovers.
Listen to internationally recognized authorities on human thought and behavior, including Temple Grandin and Paul Ekman.
Explore the ideas behind Science of Sharing with these Activities.
Explore an interactive map.
When you pick up a baseball, it immediately suggests its purpose: to be thrown fast and with considerable accuracy.
Land of ice and people
by Mary Miller • February 24, 2016
The world's oceans are losing oxygen, thanks to climate changes.
Rube Goldberg-inspired cause and effect contraptions using everyday materials and found objects.
Make a tool that lets you measure how tall a building is or how high a rocket flies.
Create your own fish mummy using common baking soda!
Map sunspots and build an apparatus for safe sunspot viewing!
Experience the delicately crafted, otherworldly pop songs of French musician Colleen.
Make a fantastic toy that shimmers when you shake it.
Find out how different kinds of candy are made in the Candy-o-matic!
by Josh Bacigalupi • February 22, 2017
Adaptive Work is understanding in the face of Complexity.
Experience Wayne Grim's sonification of the transit of Venus.
Activities and workshops for playful invention, investigation, and collaboration
The legendary Joshua Light Show returns to the Exploratorium.
See living stem cells and find out why they are the "stem" from which all other cells develop.
Enjoy Reggie Watt's take on exploration of Mars.
Be mesmerized by the PVC structure that allows Strandbeests to walk.
Put some glasses on and experience our exhibit 3-D Live.
Take a hands-on look at the science of cocktails.
Listen to the sound of a rainstorm – anytime, anywhere.
Check in on the fifth annual Science of Cocktails event.
Enjoy the colors and textures of phenomena demonstrated by Exploratorium exhibits.
Looking at the night sky can help you see how your eyes and brain make sense out of moonlight.
A naked egg is an egg without a shell. Using vinegar, you can dissolve the eggshell without breaking the membrane that contains the egg.
"Mac Town," the first stop for many scientists in Antarctica, is the same as any town–only different.
Go behind the scenes of Self, Made with its curators and advisors.
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