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.
Most paper airplanes are flat, but these paper hoops can really fly!
How do you stop and steer a bicycle? What forces keep the bicycle from falling over?
Wind tubes are a playful and inventive way to explore the effect that moving air has on objects.
See a map of recent earthquakes in the United States, and learn why earthquakes happen so frequently on the West Coast.
Take an animated tour of Antarctica's variety of ice formations, which give it a beauty unrivaled anywhere on Earth.
Can't decide if you're sandy or silty? Try this simple test.
Sperimenta interattivamente l'illusione del muro del caffé.
Insight into genes, reproduction, and cancer
The Exploratorium is more than a science museum.
Investigate actual images of the Martian surface taken by the rovers Spirit and Opportunity.
Discover the uncommon stories behind the most common fruits and vegetables.
Where are you in infinity? Try the Infinity Room.
What goes on under the ground during an earthquake? Use a Slinky to model the various seismic waves that make the earth tremble.
What do plants know about numbers? Paul Dancstep investigates.
The legendary Joshua Light Show returns to the Exploratorium.
Explore the elements of a scientific paper.
The nearly ice-free Dry Valleys are an Antarctic anomaly, and Earth's closest equivalent to Mars.
How are emotional expressions built?
Humpbacks, minkes, and orcas are often sighted in the nutrient-rich Antarctic waters.
The more astronomy changes, the more it stays the same. This series of images juxtaposes ancient and modern study of the celestial bodies.
Use this handy conversion calculator to convert between the many units found in recipes.
Follow our crew as they visit the Dry Valleys and hike the slopes of volcanic Mt. Erebus.
Experience the psychedelic visuals of the legendary Joshua Light Show.
We can't predict when an earthquake will occur, but we can avoid some potential disasters.
Remote sensing allows geologists to peek under the ice – and find a big surprise.
Use the abracadabra of electrons to make tinsel fly.
by Rob Rothfarb • February 11, 2011
Visitors experienced the sights and smells of "Meta Cookie', an augmented reality installation at After Dark: Get Surreal.
By looking at satellite and climate data that's available on the Web, surfers can follow storms into shore and be there in time to catch the biggest waves.
Resonate with Bosun's Bass, a sound work inspired by mariners' whistles.
Why do road bikes have thin tires, while mountain bikes have fat tires?
When you ride a bike in a straight line, you must make many minor corrections in order to stay upright.
Just how much fat is in ground beef? You may be surprised.
The Exploratorium wasn't built in a day—watch it go up in a minute.
Explore the importance of water on the red planet.
Seasoned gardeners depend on a community of bacteria, worms, and insects to get the most out of their plantings. Find out why.
See living stem cells and find out why they are the "stem" from which all other cells develop.
Cells behaving badly
A downloadable series of graphics from our Faultline website gives a snapshot of seismic science.
Recycle a potato chip can into a simple camera.
Discover the difference between taste and smell.
Enjoy the cloudscape of China's Weizi Gorge.
This 2011 conference, hosted at the Exploratorium, explored the role aesthetic inquiry in public interdisciplinary environments.
by Eileen Campbell • September 7, 2016
Road trip! Scouting Oregon locations for filming the 2017 solar eclipse.
Why is the bicycle the most efficient way to travel? Explore bicycle science and culture.
The only continent without any countries or government . . .
An introduction to the concepts and theories that contribute to contemporary complexity research.
What's the science behind a home run? Why do curveballs curve? Learn about the game from players from the S.F. Giants & Oakland A's.
Grow spikes of crystals in the sun.
Meet Carlos Zapata, an automata artist showcased at Curious Contraptions.
A brief history of Chichen Itza.
Break water into hydrogen and oxygen using a homemade electrolysis device.
Sit down for compost tea with a visionary cultivator.
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