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.
See what plankton live under and around the Exploratorium.
Come along as we explore the cool, dark world of cheese.
How does solitary confinement affect the human brain?
Watch tiny blue, green, and white molds grow on leftover food.
Learn about common techniques for peering inside the body in order to diagnose disease and injury.
Cells behaving badly
Specialized cells have a common origin. What sets them on separate paths?
Two Vocal Visualizers are better than one.
Downloadable media about earthquake science.
Bring movie, TV, and cartoon images to life.
Explore the scientific, historical, and cultural context behind a new opera about the first atomic bomb test.
Three auditory illusions created by students from the Center for Electronic Art.
Close your eyes and listen to tell where the paddle is when you play this all-listening version of the classic game Pong.
Build a simple motorized toy made of a recycled CD and a DC motor.
Each webcast, the Exploratorium staff and teachers demonstrate their science projects and compete for the title of IRON SCIENCE TEACHER!
Get a lesson in listening from Doniga Markegard, an expert wildlife tracker.
Rube Goldberg-inspired cause and effect contraptions using everyday materials and found objects.
Get messy with ExploraGoo and Outrageous Ooze! Get airborne with the Fabulous Foam Flyer! Get loud with the Water Gong or Straw Oboe!
Join us as we investigate the sweet world of sugar.
Can a gum wrapper have a story? Discover just how important and meaningful an object can be.
Wind tubes are a playful and inventive way to explore the effect that moving air has on objects.
Your guide to the Northern and Southern Lights (also in 'Observatory')
Open a celestial and technological time capsule—watch this eclipse webcast.
Explore new social science exhibits at San Francisco’s Civic Center.
Find links relevant to research at the poles.
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.
How many objects can you follow at once?
Explore the science behind food and cooking with recipes, activities, and archived Webcasts.
Observe Theo Jansen and a strandbeest strolling on a sunny beach.
Make your own refracting telescope from a pair of reading glasses.
Visit Las Cuevas Research Station in Belize and the Natural History Museum in London to learn about the study of biodiversity.
Stories about science, art, and human perception—from 1998.
A do-it-yourself cartoon kit. It's easy to make pictures move!
Use your naked egg to experiment with osmosis, the movement of water across a membrane.
Follow along with expedition leader Bob Ballard and his crew on the exploration vessel Nautilus as they search for hydrothermal vents, underwater volcanoes, and ancient shipwrecks.
Learn how some vibrant seniors exercise their minds, and find out what you can do to help your own memory.
Get a taste of how the earth's plates move.
For most of us, science arrives in our lives packaged neatly as fact. But how did it get that way?
by Eileen Campbell • December 29, 2016
Read our picks for the Unsung Science stories of 2016.
Seasoned gardeners depend on a community of bacteria, worms, and insects to get the most out of their plantings. Find out why.
The Exploratorium wasn't built in a day—watch it go up in a minute.
Why is baseball so popular in Japan?
A window on regeneration
What happens to meat when you cook it?
Complete an electrical circuit with your body and explore ways to control the flow of electricity.
Kid-friendly explorations and experiments for curious minds.
Follow filmmaker Paul Clipson as he captures the Exploratorium's waterfront site.
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