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.
Do you have a staring problem?
Get a behind-the-scenes look at activities and ideas we’re exploring.
Not all shadows are black. Discover a rainbow of shadows here.
by Eileen Campbell • September 7, 2016
Road trip! Scouting Oregon locations for filming the 2017 solar eclipse.
Technological developments have changed how we view Earth. See LandSat images and learn more about our home planet.
What happens to meat when you cook it?
Scratch Film, also known as Direct Animation, is the process of drawing and scratching designs directly onto film.
A brief history of Chichen Itza.
The fruit flies in this exhibit show just a few of the mutations that occur in natural fruit fly populations.
See living stem cells and find out why they are the "stem" from which all other cells develop.
How are creative investigations sparked? What does a state of inspiration feel like? Can inspiration be transmitted from person to person? Join us for an audio slideshow series that explores the fascinating world of how we work creatively.
Learn how wind energy is generated and stored at Altamont Pass.
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.
Get to know automata maker Kazu Harada's artistic journey.
La famosa modelo de Leonardo es usada en un interesante experimento de percepci�_n.
A multifaceted exhibition that explored genetics and the Human Genome Project from a variety of perspectives from April 8 to September 4, 1995.
A series of talks celebrating both the historical and contemporary dimensions of the Eames design legacy.
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.
by Eileen Campbell • December 29, 2016
Read our picks for the Unsung Science stories of 2016.
Consider decision-making for an aging population and its implications.
What happens to a cylinder when you scale it up?
The Science of Hockey takes you inside the sport and explains the science behind the world's fastest game. The site contains RealVideo interviews with scientists and NHL players and coaches.
An introduction to spectra and to the space-based telescopes. The site includes a number of hands-on activities.
"Mac Town," the first stop for many scientists in Antarctica, is the same as any town–only different.
Discover the challenges of working on Mars time.
Explore mechanical elements such as cams, levers, and linkages to create your own moving sculpture.
What do snowflakes look like on Mars?
Watch live coverage of the InSight Lander plunge through the Martian atmosphere.
Take a timeline tour of our past and present.
Si mira fijamente este punto por algunos momentos, éste desaparece.
Check in on the fifth annual Science of Cocktails event.
Crabeaters have extraordinary teeth, Weddells are downright cute, and leopards are as fierce as their namesake
Take a virtual journey to the frog capital of the world, Rayne, Louisiana.
Buy discounted tickets online—hop-off at stop #3 to visit the Exploratorium.
Find out how proteins make muscles work in this original Exploratorium poster, illustrated by David Goodsell.
the Fudge House on Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco!
Make a photographic image without a camera!
Hear from Theo Jansen how the strandbeests' feet have changed and why.
Get down and dirty with the surprising science of soil.
by Josh Bacigalupi • February 22, 2017
Adaptive Work is understanding in the face of Complexity.
How does the Mars rover teach us about more than space?
See why these beautiful flowers have attracted generations of admirers.
by Mary Miller • July 19, 2019
Live chat with an Arctic research expedition.
Pull up a chair and dive into Middle Ground.
Learn how to use physics to distinguish between raw eggs and hard-cooked eggs.
Close your eyes – and open your ears.
Step inside San Francisco's landmark camera obscura with operator Robert Tacchetto.
Students become Internet researchers and learn about NASA satellites.
Enter the world of felt and steam—see how hats are made.
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