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.
What goes on under the ground during an earthquake? Use a Slinky to model the various seismic waves that make the earth tremble.
Do hot water and cold water mix?
Experience the wonder of the Exploratorium's opening at Pier 15.
Explore the evolution of music and dance with Alonzo King and Bernie Krause.
Why is your shadow longer in winter than in summer? Grab a basketball and some paperclips and find out!
Use dominoes to model a nerve cell's transmission of a signal
Grow spikes of crystals in the sun.
What is the value of something lost—then found again?
Take a hands-on look at the science of cocktails.
"Mac Town," the first stop for many scientists in Antarctica, is the same as any town–only different.
Most paper airplanes are flat, but these paper hoops can really fly!
Experience the psychedelic visuals of the legendary Joshua Light Show.
Vsit a quirky kitchen where you can compose music with ordinary (and not-so-ordinary) objects.
Shake it 'til you break it (or not).
Make a paper model that helps explain the changing tides.
We Moved! Follow Us to San Francisco’s Historic Waterfront
Learn to "fly" on one of the Exploratorium's oldest exhibits.
Insight into genes, reproduction, and cancer
Ever wonder what you might weigh on Mars or the moon? Here's your chance to find out.
See the JPL "sandbox" where robotic rovers are tested.
Use printable images from our time-lapse movies to make flipbooks–handheld animations that you can make at home.
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.
Learn how to find the histories and origins of words.
Tiny shrimplike crustaceans, krill play a critical roll in many marine food webs, even feeding huge baleen whales.
Pickling is the art of manipulating the microbial garden in foods.
Recycle a potato chip can into a simple camera.
Journey into Chaco Canyon, where ancient people built monuments to the cosmos. Journey to Chichén Itzá, where the Maya built monuments to the sun.
Why is the bicycle the most efficient way to travel? Explore bicycle science and culture.
by Jackie Clay • June 2, 2015
Exploratorium staff scientist fills us in on “why do we do what we do.”
Capture the sound of your beautiful voice by singing into a wok.
by Eileen Campbell • February 15, 2017
Winter rains muddy the waters in the Bay.
Human corpses decay alfresco, all in the name of forensic science.
Artist Bob Miller's Light Walk at the Exploratorium will change the way you look at light, shadow, and images.
Bulk up your understanding of the "muscles" that move Theo Jansen's strandbeests.
A model for heart development
You can make a light painting with a light source, a darkened room, and a digital camera.
Chase the shadow of the rare total lunar eclipse.
Discover how researchers study climate change and examine the latest scientific data.
If you're a patient gardener, you can grow your own hybrid flowers.
Visit the beating heart of the Exploratorium—our shop.
A brief history of Chichen Itza.
This stuff can't make up its mind -- is it a liquid or a solid?
Rock out with renowned San Francisco band The Residents.
Learn more about the process of making Champagne.
Not all bubbles are made with soap!
Amino acids and corn syrup combine to create new aromas.
Wind tubes are a playful and inventive way to explore the effect that moving air has on objects.
San Francisco was born in gold dust, and nearly died in rubble and ashes.
Watch tiny blue, green, and white molds grow on leftover food.
Listen to Wayne Grim's musical representation of the transit of Venus.
Sometimes things are not as they appear.
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