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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.
Exploring the diversity, distribution, and abundance of life in the oceans
Seasoned gardeners depend on a community of bacteria, worms, and insects to get the most out of their plantings. Find out why.
The common ground between pickles, cheese, bread, wine, and many other foods.
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.
A fish-eye view of the brain
Explore a timeline of homind fossils.
Here's how you can model the use of X rays for medical examinations with some sand and a piece of screen.
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.
Do hot water and cold water mix?
Follow the process of designing and casting our new bell.
When you ride a bike in a straight line, you must make many minor corrections in order to stay upright.
by Liz Ball • July 13, 2017
Join the Kronos Quartet for a performance like no other.
Learn how to find the histories and origins of words.
Find out how proteins make muscles work in this original Exploratorium poster, illustrated by David Goodsell.
The untold stories behind scientific discovery.
This stuff can't make up its mind -- is it a liquid or a solid?
You may be surprised at the results of this "wimpy" workout.
Spin the bottle to see beautiful swirling shapes
Most people abhor the sound of their own recorded voice. So what are these recording devices doing to our voices to make them sound so awful?
Close your eyes – and open your ears.
By passing the winter frozen as solid as a holiday fruit cake, the wood frog breaks all rules. Scientists hoping to preserve human organs are paying close attention.
Does the sun rise in the east? Not exactly.
If you're a patient gardener, you can grow your own hybrid flowers.
Observe Theo Jansen and a strandbeest strolling on a sunny beach.
Why do road bikes have thin tires, while mountain bikes have fat tires?
Modelos plásticos huecos del aparato vocal humano convierten el graznido de un pato en sonidos de vocales.
Find out why biodiversity benefits plants and people alike.
The only continent without any countries or government . . .
Go into the studio with some of the automata artists from our Curious Contraptions exhibition.
Can you believe your eyes?
An introduction to the concepts and theories that contribute to contemporary complexity research.
Make your own refracting telescope from a pair of reading glasses.
Rube Goldberg-inspired cause and effect contraptions using everyday materials and found objects.
Learn about common electrical systems in our brains and fast-moving plants.
Check out ColorFest, a two-month extravaganza celebrating color at the museum from July 1 to September 5.
Stand in the intersection of the traditional and the avant-garde.
Explore the important engineering concepts of yield strength, ultimate strength, and elasticity as they relate to building a better bicycle.
Your thumb and index finger can help you test a steak's degree of doneness.
How can something as light as air slow down a hit?
Test your memory and compare it with your friends'.
Scratch Film, also known as Direct Animation, is the process of drawing and scratching designs directly onto film.
Four times over 100-plus years, major initiatives have brought together scientists from around the globe to collaboratively study the poles.
Close your eyes and listen to tell where the paddle is when you play this all-listening version of the classic game Pong.
Activities and History
Learn about ocean acidification with this simple experiment.
Listen to the sound of a rainstorm – anytime, anywhere.
Use the numbers on four cards to make up equations that equal the number on a fifth card.
Why is baseball so popular in Japan?
Students become Internet researchers and learn about NASA satellites.
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?
The nearly ice-free Dry Valleys are an Antarctic anomaly, and Earth's closest equivalent to Mars.
Learn valuable graphing skills and learn about ozone chemistry.
Visit an organic egg farm, and see the science behind raising those eggs.
Try your hand at explaining symbols both modern and ancient, and then make your own.
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