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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 new social science exhibits at San Francisco’s Civic Center.
What can a comet in space tell us about Earth's oceans?
Explore the ancient knowledge of the Maya, who built sophisticated monuments to the sun.
A brief introduction to the land of the midnight sun.
Far north in the night sky, a faint glow appears on the horizon. Green and red flames of light stretch across the sky.
Land of ice and people
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.
by Mary Miller • January 18, 2019
Science lost in a government shutdown.
Get up close and personal with a sucrose molecule.
Learn how to bridge the digital generation gap
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.
Explore mechanical elements such as cams, levers, and linkages to create your own moving sculpture.
Map sunspots and build an apparatus for safe sunspot viewing!
Baltimore-based musician Dan Deacon connects the audience to the player-piano.
Use the Science Journal mobile app to investigate the light around you.
The earth moves in mysterious ways
Do the Bird in a Cage experiment with some basic materials.
Where is the Center of the Universe? Here, there, and everywhere.
Can a gum wrapper have a story? Discover just how important and meaningful an object can be.
Students become Internet researchers and learn about NASA satellites.
Get caught up in the whimsy of the Tinkerer's Clock.
Prepare to experiment with soap film by getting the necessary materials.
The Exploratorium is taking it outside to explore natural and human-made phenomena in and around San Francisco. Look for new episodes twice each month.
Discover how researchers study climate change and examine the latest scientific data.
Experience Guillermo Galindo's thoughts on his boundary-breaking musical works.
Get to know Pier 15, one of the greenest buildings around.
Learn about the body's vital defense force.
For most of us, science arrives in our lives packaged neatly as fact. But how did it get that way?
Follow along with expedition leader Bob Ballard and his crew on the exploration vessel Nautilus as they search for hydrothermal vents, underwater volcanoes, and ancient shipwrecks.
Bring movie, TV, and cartoon images to life.
Get mesmerized by choreographer Alonzo King and soundscape artist Bernie Krause.
Tour a hydroponic greenhouse in frozen Antarctica.
An artist paints his childhood home from memory.
Explore the mysterious interactions between light and geography through the eyes and works of artists Charles Ross and James Turrell.
How do you stop and steer a bicycle? What forces keep the bicycle from falling over?
Pi Day isn't just a day—it's a way of life.
Can you cover your kitchen tracks?
Visit the beating heart of the Exploratorium—our shop.
Imaginative Designs in Digital and Analog Clothing
Hear vocal tract models transform the squawk of a duck call into vowel sounds.
The untold stories behind scientific discovery.
What happens to meat when you cook it?
Nobel Laureate Symposium
Teeth are the most common fossils found. What can they tell us?
A comprehensive tour through the weird and wonderful world of frogs.
Make a bird appear in a cage using only your eyes.
Contemplate the continuum of cinema at After Dark.
The more astronomy changes, the more it stays the same. This series of images juxtaposes ancient and modern study of the celestial bodies.
British artist Tim Hunkin discusses his whimsical Tinkerer's Clock.
by Rob Rothfarb • January 22, 2009
A screening of a machinima--a film made entirely in a virtual world, shown both in the real world and in Second Life.
What does it take to support life—or to prevent it?
Take an impressionistic journey through the Exploratorium's Life Sciences area.
Why do road bikes have thin tires, while mountain bikes have fat tires?
Experience the thrill of Strandbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen.
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