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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.
Explore the unknown world inside your brain with these fun activities.
Feel the weight of the atmosphere—plus a little extra.
These unique – and uniquely beautiful – seal species spend their lives amid the sea ice
Stories about science, art, and human perception—from 1998.
Step inside San Francisco's landmark camera obscura with operator Robert Tacchetto.
The Curiosity rover made a discovery—now what?
Interact with the Cafe Wall Illusion.
For most of us, science arrives in our lives packaged neatly as fact. But how did it get that way?
Meet a kinetic sculptor.
What do you really know about what you see?
Find out why biodiversity benefits plants and people alike.
by Eileen Campbell • May 19, 2016
Sound Commons, a new SPS installation, is taking shape in UN Plaza.
How has imagery changed the way we look at our bodies—over time and in different cultures?
Explore the science behind food and cooking with recipes, activities, and archived Webcasts.
See a map of recent earthquakes in the United States, and learn why earthquakes happen so frequently on the West Coast.
Decorate your desktop with some of the most intriguing pattern and perception images from the Exploratorium.
See what's on the Curiosity rover's tool belt.
Model ocean acidification with this simple experiment.
Why do teens take risks, and what do our notions of risk tell us about the dangers of growing up?
The Exploratorium wasn't built in a day—watch it go up in a minute.
Saving seeds helps preserve the culture of Native American farmers in the American Southwest and northern Mexico.
Use live data to check the weather in space, and learn how it can affect us here on earth.
Activities and workshops for playful invention, investigation, and collaboration
Visit an organic egg farm, and see the science behind raising those eggs.
Peter Whitehead is an instrument builder, performer, and composer.
Not all shadows are black. Discover a rainbow of shadows here.
Sperimenta interattivamente l'illusione del muro del caffé.
Tour the Breads of the World
by Rob Rothfarb • February 11, 2011
Visitors experienced the sights and smells of "Meta Cookie', an augmented reality installation at After Dark: Get Surreal.
Everyone seems to love the sound of their own voice in the shower. That's because a simple shower stall produces some complex sound-altering effects.
Experience the slow majesty of the transit of Venus.
Explore some ways in which the democratic process can go wrong.
Use dominoes to model a nerve cell's transmission of a signal
Everything you ever wanted to know about bubbles, but were afraid to ask.
Follow filmmaker Paul Clipson as he captures the Exploratorium's waterfront site.
Exploring the diversity, distribution, and abundance of life in the oceans
Fly through the air with the greatest of ease—on an airship.
Why is your shadow longer in winter than in summer? Grab a basketball and some paperclips and find out!
Wind tubes are a playful and inventive way to explore the effect that moving air has on objects.
Experience Strandbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen.
Learn about the rovers that have been exploring Mars since 2004, and view the amazing images they've taken.
A collection of auditory illusions found in indigenous folk practices, popular music, and scientific research.
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!
Scratch Film, also known as Direct Animation, is the process of drawing and scratching designs directly onto film.
Make a simple musical instrument that sounds like a swarm of buzzing bees when you spin it around.
Enjoy strandbeests making their way across the beach.
This 2011 conference, hosted at the Exploratorium, explored the role aesthetic inquiry in public interdisciplinary environments.
by Mary Miller • January 18, 2019
Science lost in a government shutdown.
Commemorate the 1906 quake! Rummage through live earthquake data, subductive science, and more. Learn about earthquakes in Faultline: Seismic Science at the Epicenter
This is an easy grafting project for beginners.
Explore the afterimages your eyes and your brain create.
Learn about the body's vital defense force.
Meet Fi Henshall, an automata artist showcased at the Curious Contraptions exhibition.
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