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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.
Activities and History
Learn about common techniques for peering inside the body in order to diagnose disease and injury.
Contemplate the continuum of cinema at After Dark.
These unique – and uniquely beautiful – seal species spend their lives amid the sea ice
Use live data to make your own wave predictions, wherever you are.
The more astronomy changes, the more it stays the same. This series of images juxtaposes ancient and modern study of the celestial bodies.
What brings archeologists and astronomers alike to this ten-mile canyon in remote New Mexico?
Make a simple rocket and a rocket launcher, and watch a demonstration of how the finished rocket will fly.
See how well various materials conduct electricity and use Science Journal to explore your data.
Experience the thrilling improvisations of renowned cellist Okkyung Lee.
Demonstrations of electric Robo-Cars made by 22 Science Summer students.
Get mesmerized by choreographer Alonzo King and soundscape artist Bernie Krause.
Why is baseball so popular in Japan?
In Observance of the 50th Anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Follow filmmaker Paul Clipson as he captures the Exploratorium's waterfront site.
The brightest buds get all the glory – but they're not just for show.
Activités pour la classe élémentaire.
Come with us to Chaco Canyon in northwestern New Mexico, which is rich with thousand-year-old artifacts of the ancient Pueblo culture and contains sites that appear to have been astronomical observatories.
Learn about the most important piece of equipment-- your feet!
Create your own fish mummy using common baking soda!
Watch old pennies turn bright and shiny right before your eyes!
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.
Find out why people who love birthday parties should move to Mercury.
Learn how some vibrant seniors exercise their minds, and find out what you can do to help your own memory.
A downloadable series of graphics from our Faultline website gives a snapshot of seismic science.
Have you ever wondered what makes blue cheese blue, or why some cheeses are hard and others soft?
A brief introduction to the land of the midnight sun.
by Mary Miller • July 19, 2019
Live chat with an Arctic research expedition.
Observe Theo Jansen and a strandbeest strolling on a sunny beach.
Float high in the sky on the airship Eureka.
by Shannon Eliot • July 13, 2015
Wondering why we've been seeing sharks in Santa Cruz? Heard about the massive toxic algal bloom off the West Coast?
Break water into hydrogen and oxygen using a homemade electrolysis device.
by Eileen Campbell • February 15, 2017
Winter rains muddy the waters in the Bay.
Listen to bird songs and try to figure out which are songs, which are companion calls, and which are alarms.
Using a simple trick of perspective, you can dress your friends in tiny cutout clothing.
This 2011 conference, hosted at the Exploratorium, explored the role aesthetic inquiry in public interdisciplinary environments.
Get an overview of NASA's rovers Spirit, Opportunity, and Curiosity.
You can measure your reaction time with just a yardstick and some help from a friend.
Lisa Mezzacappa presents ORGANELLE, a musical exploration of time.
Meteor, meteorite, meteoroid – what's the difference?
Seasoned gardeners depend on a community of bacteria, worms, and insects to get the most out of their plantings. Find out why.
Make your own refracting telescope from a pair of reading glasses.
Music, fear, sadness all can cause goosebumps. But why?
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.
Play a memory concentration game: Listen closely then match pairs of sounds.
Explore the relationship between an object's volume and its weight.
What is a gear ratio? And how do gears help make the bicycle so efficient?
Learn how to bridge the digital generation gap
Get a taste of how the earth's plates move.
A model for heart development
Meet Matt Smith, an automata artist showcased at the Curious Contraptions exhibition.
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