The thrill of natural phenomena
by Sebastian • August 16, 2019
Dive into websites, activities, apps, and more.
Learn how changes in genes over generations created the modern goldfish.
Activities and History
On March 29, 2006, a total solar eclipse occurred when the new moon moved directly between the sun and the earth. The moon’s shadow fell on the eastern tip of Brazil, sped eastward across the Atlantic, through northern Africa, across the Mediterranean, an
Learn how grafting, hybridizing, and transgenics have transformed cultivation.
Visit an organic egg farm, and see the science behind raising those eggs.
Explore the science behind food and cooking with recipes, activities, and archived Webcasts.
Explore the scientific, historical, and cultural context behind a new opera about the first atomic bomb test.
Close your eyes and listen to tell where the paddle is when you play this all-listening version of the classic game Pong.
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.
Learn how to bridge the digital generation gap
Celebrate musical experimentation with innovator, musician, and composer Roscoe Mitchell.
Hear audio clips of the ambient sounds of the rain forest at night near Arecibo, Puerto Rico.
by Sebastian • August 16, 2019
Visit the Outdoor Exploratorium at Fort Mason to explore the science behind wind, waves, and more.
by Rob Rothfarb • February 11, 2011
Visitors experienced the sights and smells of "Meta Cookie', an augmented reality installation at After Dark: Get Surreal.
What's in that cup of coffee anyway? Find out about the history and chemistry of coffee.
Tour a hydroponic greenhouse in frozen Antarctica.
When you ride a bike in a straight line, you must make many minor corrections in order to stay upright.
Find out how different kinds of candy are made in the Candy-o-matic!
A drop of water makes a fine magnifying lens.
Why do road bikes have thin tires, while mountain bikes have fat tires?
What can you do with a frozen water balloon? Plenty!
If you're a patient gardener, you can grow your own hybrid flowers.
Explore some ways in which the democratic process can go wrong.
What is a gear ratio? And how do gears help make the bicycle so efficient?
How do you stop and steer a bicycle? What forces keep the bicycle from falling over?
Each webcast, the Exploratorium staff and teachers demonstrate their science projects and compete for the title of IRON SCIENCE TEACHER!
Just how do we remember a face?
Put your mind to tackling these classic engineering problems.
Visit Las Cuevas Research Station in Belize and the Natural History Museum in London to learn about the study of biodiversity.
Explore the surprising side of color.
In Balancing Ball, high pressure keeps a beach ball aloft.
Imaginative Designs in Digital and Analog Clothing
Experience the thrilling improvisations of renowned cellist Okkyung Lee.
This is an easy grafting project for beginners.
Explore the places, people, tools, and ideas behind the origins of matter, the universe, and life itself.
Listen to the story of Ladle Rat Rotten Hut.
Explore an interactive map.
A downloadable series of graphics from our Faultline website gives a snapshot of seismic science.
Watch a magnet repel a grape and consider different types of magnetism.
Get a taste of how the earth's plates move.
A series of talks celebrating both the historical and contemporary dimensions of the Eames design legacy.
These tricky pictures shift and change as you look at them.
by Eileen Campbell • February 15, 2017
Winter rains muddy the waters in the Bay.
Can you believe your eyes?
Go into the studio with some of the automata artists from our Curious Contraptions exhibition.
Learn how sparkling wine is made, what makes it different from still wine, and where all those little bubbles come from!
Join curator Marina McDougall for a conversation with photographer Lena Herzog.
Kid-friendly explorations and experiments for curious minds.
Make a crowd-pleasing noisemaker called a sound sandwich, which you can adjust to raise or lower its pitch.
Take an animated tour of Antarctica's variety of ice formations, which give it a beauty unrivaled anywhere on Earth.
by Liz Ball • July 13, 2017
Join the Kronos Quartet for a performance like no other.