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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
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Discover how researchers study climate change and examine the latest scientific data.
Can a gum wrapper have a story? Discover just how important and meaningful an object can be.
Flying tinsel isn't magic—it's repelling electrostatic charges.
In this activity, students make bridges using an oil-based modeling clay (plasticene).
A model for heart development
Tinker with electricity using common objects: batteries, lights, buzzers, motors, switches, etc.
Get a taste of how the earth's plates move.
Visit Kendon Candies, a lollipop factory in San Jose, California
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.
Here's how you can model the use of X rays for medical examinations with some sand and a piece of screen.
Where are you in infinity? Try the Infinity Room.
Cells behaving badly
Explore mechanical elements such as cams, levers, and linkages to create your own moving sculpture.
Use wind to power a motor and light an LED.
Discover music where you never thought you'd find it.
Do hot water and cold water mix?
Your CRT screen may appear to wiggle when you give it the raspberry, but the only thing wiggling is you.
Come out to play on Seward Street concrete slides.
Interact with the Cafe Wall Illusion.
A little physics can go a long way on that shortboard.
Meet a kinetic sculptor.
Activities and workshops for playful invention, investigation, and collaboration
Heat-trapping gases play a major role in polar climate change.
Learn to throw a curveball, a slider, or even a screwball by throwing a Styrofoam ball.
How many objects can you follow at once?
Four downloadable workshop guides for teaching introductory genetics in a museum or other informal education setting.
What do you really know about what you see?
Learn how wind energy is generated and stored at Altamont Pass.
A physicist, a scientist, and a musician experiment with sound, music, and acoustics using instruments both real and found.
Introduce students to unique life science activities that let them work with our research-quality microscopic images and videos.
Why do road bikes have thin tires, while mountain bikes have fat tires?
Just how much fat is in ground beef? You may be surprised.
Cuatro exposiciones lo suficientemente pequeñas para caber en tarjetas postales.
Complete an electrical circuit with your body and explore ways to control the flow of electricity.
Try these low-cost, teacher-tested activities for the classroom and the curious.
In Observance of the 50th Anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
The nearly ice-free Dry Valleys are an Antarctic anomaly, and Earth's closest equivalent to Mars.
A do-it-yourself cartoon kit. It's easy to make pictures move!
San Francisco was born in gold dust, and nearly died in rubble and ashes.
Get down and dirty with the surprising science of soil.
Imagine yourself in the middle of the vast Pacific Ocean. You've been sailing for weeks, and there's no land in sight. Do you know where you are? Do you know which way to go?
A series of talks celebrating both the historical and contemporary dimensions of the Eames design legacy.
Stand in the intersection of the traditional and the avant-garde.
These unique – and uniquely beautiful – seal species spend their lives amid the sea ice
What can you do with a frozen water balloon? Plenty!
Listen to bird songs and try to figure out which are songs, which are companion calls, and which are alarms.
Three auditory illusions created by students from the Center for Electronic Art.
A naked egg is an egg without a shell. Using vinegar, you can dissolve the eggshell without breaking the membrane that contains the egg.
What brings archeologists and astronomers alike to this ten-mile canyon in remote New Mexico?
Decorate your desktop with some of the most intriguing pattern and perception images from the Exploratorium.
Check out efforts to restore California’s native steelhead and salmon.
Make a "water sandwich" and see how it interacts with light.
Explore the ancient knowledge of the Maya, who built sophisticated monuments to the sun.
Tiny shrimplike crustaceans, krill play a critical roll in many marine food webs, even feeding huge baleen whales.
Got questions about electrolysis in the classroom? We've got answers.
Join the Exploratorium on the playa in Black Rock Desert and explore the science of pyrotechnics, flight, dust devils, rainbows, and more.
(Embarcadero at Green Street)
San Francisco, CA 94111
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