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.
Explore the scientific, historical, and cultural context behind a new opera about the first atomic bomb test.
Join us as we investigate the sweet world of sugar.
Get up close and personal with a sucrose molecule.
Meet a kinetic sculptor.
A series of talks celebrating both the historical and contemporary dimensions of the Eames design legacy.
In the 1870s, an American woman could not vote. She could not own property in her own name after marriage. But she could play ball. . .
Use this handy conversion calculator to convert between the many units found in recipes.
Cells behaving badly
Open a celestial and technological time capsule—watch this eclipse webcast.
What's really going on when you bake? Find out.
Why do road bikes have thin tires, while mountain bikes have fat tires?
Amino acids and corn syrup combine to create new aromas.
Listen to bird songs and try to figure out which are songs, which are companion calls, and which are alarms.
Discover the uncommon stories behind the most common fruits and vegetables.
What can you do with a frozen water balloon? Plenty!
by • July 3, 2015
Make your own liquid “fireworks” with this simple and safe activity.
A collection of auditory illusions found in indigenous folk practices, popular music, and scientific research.
Measure the brightness of the sun using cooking oil and a white card.
How can a microscopic organism lift several pounds of dough? Find out with this activity.
Meditate on claiming what is truly ours in this world.
See evidence of invisible cosmic rays with Cloud Chamber.
With just mud, paper and an egg, you can grow colonies of multi-hued microbes!
Learn about common techniques for peering inside the body in order to diagnose disease and injury.
Humpbacks, minkes, and orcas are often sighted in the nutrient-rich Antarctic waters.
How do first responders rescue whales tangled in debris?
The more astronomy changes, the more it stays the same. This series of images juxtaposes ancient and modern study of the celestial bodies.
Can a gum wrapper have a story? Discover just how important and meaningful an object can be.
Three auditory illusions created by students from the Center for Electronic Art.
Try these low-cost, teacher-tested activities for the classroom and the curious.
A fish-eye view of the brain
We can't predict when an earthquake will occur, but we can avoid some potential disasters.
Explore the surprising side of color.
Get a sneak peek of the InSight Mars mission.
by Eileen Campbell • December 29, 2016
Read our picks for the Unsung Science stories of 2016.
anatomy of a skateboard, skateboard tricks, types of skateboarding, physics glossary.
Do hot water and cold water mix?
It's not just the moon that causes ocean tides.
What can you build with 50 straws and 50 pins?
See how our location over San Francisco Bay helps save energy.
Get your ringing questions about sound answered here.
A model for heart development
Make a simple rocket and a rocket launcher, and watch a demonstration of how the finished rocket will fly.
Get caught up in the whimsy of the Tinkerer's Clock.
Get a glimpse of artist and physicist Theo Jansen's strandbeests.
Join curator Marina McDougall for a conversation with photographer Lena Herzog.
The Maya were expert sky-watchers, careful observers of the motions of the celestial bodies...
by Eileen Campbell • February 22, 2016
What does it take to broadcast a live eclipse from remote locations?
Not all bubbles are made with soap!
A physicist, a scientist, and a musician experiment with sound, music, and acoustics using instruments both real and found.
If you want to dig a ditch in the Arctic, you'd better bring more than a shovel.
Check out efforts to restore California’s native steelhead and salmon.
Four downloadable workshop guides for teaching introductory genetics in a museum or other informal education setting.
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.
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