Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination is now required for all visitors ages
12+. Plan your visit
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.
Delve into The Freddy McGuire Show's unnerving multimedia art.
Explore the places, people, tools, and ideas behind the origins of matter, the universe, and life itself.
Try your hand at explaining symbols both modern and ancient, and then make your own.
Land of ice and people
Have you ever wondered what makes blue cheese blue, or why some cheeses are hard and others soft?
You can measure your reaction time with just a yardstick and some help from a friend.
Learn how to bridge the digital generation gap
by • July 3, 2015
Make your own liquid “fireworks” with this simple and safe activity.
We can't predict when an earthquake will occur, but we can avoid some potential disasters.
Two Vocal Visualizers are better than one.
What is a gear ratio? And how do gears help make the bicycle so efficient?
Big magnets and black sand were made for play.
by Rob Rothfarb • February 11, 2011
Visitors experienced the sights and smells of "Meta Cookie', an augmented reality installation at After Dark: Get Surreal.
Learn about origami, make your own paper, and find out the best way to fold a paper airplane.
They're a menace to ships, but life thrives in these frozen oases.
Visit the European Organization for Nuclear Research, known as CERN, which studies what the universe is made of and how the universe works.
Stand in the intersection of the traditional and the avant-garde.
Make your own refracting telescope from a pair of reading glasses.
See how well various materials conduct electricity and use Science Journal to explore your data.
How are emotional expressions built?
A Scribbling Machine is a motorized contraption that moves in unusual ways and leaves a mark to trace it's path.
Learn how Hubble Telescope scientists put together those lovely pictures.
Complete an electrical circuit with your body and explore ways to control the flow of electricity.
WHOOSH! Leander Robinson gives the details on Stanford Hospital's pneumatic system.
With a lens, you can bend light to make pictures of the world.
Specialized cells have a common origin. What sets them on separate paths?
This stuff can't make up its mind -- is it a liquid or a solid?
Model ocean acidification with this simple experiment.
Discover the uncommon stories behind the most common fruits and vegetables.
Interact with the Cafe Wall Illusion.
Learn how to make beautiful "paintings" with soap and water.
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.
An ordinary metal spoon can make some astounding sounds!
A fish-eye view of the brain
Examine words from different languages and determine which two languages are the most closely related.
Explore the mysterious interactions between light and geography through the eyes and works of artists Charles Ross and James Turrell.
What's really going on when you bake? Find out.
Use this handy conversion calculator to convert between the many units found in recipes.
A model for heart development
Experiment with rhythm through stepping, a musical dance form that uses the body as a percussion instrument.
Go into the studio with some of the automata artists from our Curious Contraptions exhibition.
Want to see where the biggest quakes have been this week? Follow a few of the links below to see what's shaking in your neighborhood and around the world.
Turn your phone into a pocket science laboratory with tools to measure light, motion, sound, and more.
Do hot water and cold water mix?
Demonstrations of electric Robo-Cars made by 22 Science Summer students.
Consider the possible effects of early Alzheimer's diagnosis.
In celebration of Albert Einstein's work in 1905, science laboratories and museum around the world (including the Exploratorium) participated in a twelve-hour webcast that explored Einstein's influence on current physics research.
The Maya were expert sky-watchers, careful observers of the motions of the celestial bodies...
These unique – and uniquely beautiful – seal species spend their lives amid the sea ice
You can make a light painting with a light source, a darkened room, and a digital camera.
Shake up soil and water to see liquefaction at work.
Celebrate musical experimentation with innovator, musician, and composer Roscoe Mitchell.
Learn about scale and structure with eight great activities designed for the elementary classroom.
(Embarcadero at Green Street)
San Francisco, CA 94111
Get at-home activities and learning tools delivered straight to your inbox