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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.
Your brain is always looking for blank spaces and filling them in. Sometimes, your brain leaps to the wrong conclusion. Then you get a surprise!
High energy prices got you down? Discover how pickles can ease your troubles.
Polarized light passing through sugar, water "rotates" to reveal beautiful colors.
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.
What does it take to block gamma radiation?
An incubator for innovative public space ideas, projects and news
Make a fantastic toy that shimmers when you shake it.
For accuracy, it's best to use both a candy thermometer and the cold water test when making candy.
Learn about origami, make your own paper, and find out the best way to fold a paper airplane.
Get to know the grandfather of all instruments: the pipe organ.
A collection of auditory illusions found in indigenous folk practices, popular music, and scientific research.
Flying tinsel isn't magic—it's repelling electrostatic charges.
A model for heart development
See for yourself how the tilt of the earth's axis results in what we experience as the seasons.
Rube Goldberg-inspired cause and effect contraptions using everyday materials and found objects.
Find out why biodiversity benefits plants and people alike.
Shake it 'til you break it (or not).
Who lives in the Arctic, and how did they get there?
Explore our app and measure the time of your life.
Our reactions may be trained, but the devices that make music sound "sad" are real enough.
In this activity, you'll learn about "tempering" -- a delicate process of melting and cooling chocolate.
Take an animated tour of Antarctica's variety of ice formations, which give it a beauty unrivaled anywhere on Earth.
The Science Information Infrastructure (SII) is a collaboration among teachers and scientists. The SII at the Exploratorium is developing educational resources using NASA images and datasets.
Visit the Outdoor Exploratorium at Fort Mason to explore the science behind wind, waves, and more.
Learn about the search for life elsewhere in the universe.
Could your own brain betray you?
Activities and workshops for playful invention, investigation, and collaboration
Using a simple trick of perspective, you can dress your friends in tiny cutout clothing.
Stand outside on a sunny day with a watch in your hand, and you can tell which way is north.
An artist paints his childhood home from memory.
Watch ancient text revealed and read for the first time in a thousand years!
Explore the places, people, tools, and ideas behind the origins of matter, the universe, and life itself.
Buy discounted tickets online—hop-off at stop #3 to visit the Exploratorium.
by Liz Ball • July 13, 2017
Join the Kronos Quartet for a performance like no other.
Explore graphing, angles, and storytelling by building a seesaw for your smartphone.
Using baking soda and vinegar, you can pop a plastic bag with the power of fizz.
Recycle some cans to make after-dinner music!
Watch Theo Jansen prepare to release a strandbeest on the beach.
Join us as we crunch our way through everything from our San Francisco sourdough to Injera and Pugliese.
Two Vocal Visualizers are better than one.
See a map of recent earthquakes in the United States, and learn why earthquakes happen so frequently on the West Coast.
What is a gear ratio? And how do gears help make the bicycle so efficient?
The three most densely populated cities on the planet where seismologists expect major earthquakes are San Francisco, Tokyo, and Istanbul. Find out why the effects in each city will be very different.
Listen to bird songs and try to figure out which are songs, which are companion calls, and which are alarms.
Kid-friendly explorations and experiments for curious minds.
Check out ColorFest, a two-month extravaganza celebrating color at the museum from July 1 to September 5.
Just how much fat is in ground beef? You may be surprised.
Artist Bob Miller's Light Walk at the Exploratorium will change the way you look at light, shadow, and images.
Where are you in infinity? Try the Infinity Room.
by Liz Ball • September 14, 2017
Cassini prepares for the end of an era.
Rainbows on the ceiling, rainbows on the floor.
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