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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 hands-on 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.
Learn how changes in genes over generations created the modern goldfish.
A naked egg is an egg without a shell. Using vinegar, you can dissolve the eggshell without breaking the membrane that contains the egg.
The Exploratorium is a place like no other.
Stories about science, art, and human perception—from 1998.
Listen to bird songs and try to figure out which are songs, which are companion calls, and which are alarms.
How do saltwater and freshwater in San Francisco Bay affect local ecosystems?
Do hot water and cold water mix?
Explore an interactive map.
Observe Theo Jansen and a strandbeest strolling on a sunny beach.
Can your eyes fool your nose? Find out with this experiment.
A model for heart development
Rock out with renowned San Francisco band The Residents.
What happens to a cylinder when you scale it up?
Walk the border with Guillermo Galindo's boundary-breaking artistic work.
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.
The common ground between pickles, cheese, bread, wine, and many other foods.
Saving seeds helps preserve the culture of Native American farmers in the American Southwest and northern Mexico.
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.
Oren Ambarchi shares his sound-world of visceral guitar abstraction and fragile textures.
Learn how Hubble Telescope scientists put together those lovely pictures.
Test your memory–and learn how to improve it!
Art/science teams explore the underlying systems that give the San Francisco Bay Area its unique character.
Can you cover your kitchen tracks?
You may be surprised at the results of this "wimpy" workout.
Watch tiny blue, green, and white molds grow on leftover food.
Scientists dig under the surface for clues to past climate
by Mary Miller • August 20, 2016
Join a Live Deep Sea Exploration of our Coastal Sanctuary
Design and build a musical instrument that responds to changing light.
Learn how to bridge the digital generation gap
Rock out to Mickey Hart celebrating the Golden Gate Bridge.
Get an up-close view of the Galapagos Rift Zone.
Put on a mask and see how we communicate with our bodies as well as with our faces and words.
Listen in on conversations with Laurie Anderson, Brian Eno, and others in Speaking of Music Rewind.
Experience the wonder of the Exploratorium's opening at Pier 15.
Join us as we investigate the sweet world of sugar.
Can you believe your eyes?
Discover how researchers study climate change and examine the latest scientific data.
Your guide to the Northern and Southern Lights (also in 'Observatory')
Listen to the sound of a rainstorm – anytime, anywhere.
Activities and History
San Francisco was born in gold dust, and nearly died in rubble and ashes.
Download a PDF file with step-by-step instructions for doing your own cow's eye dissection.
Watch Reggie Watts share some of his feelings about Mars.
Experience Wayne Grim's sonification of the transit of Venus.
In Silhouette invites you to experience remarkably complex and inventive works of shadow play.
Each webcast, the Exploratorium staff and teachers demonstrate their science projects and compete for the title of IRON SCIENCE TEACHER!
Make a fantastic toy that shimmers when you shake it.
The more astronomy changes, the more it stays the same. This series of images juxtaposes ancient and modern study of the celestial bodies.
What can you build with 50 straws and 50 pins?
See how engineers prepare Curiosity for its work on Mars.
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