Masks and vaccinations are recommended. 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.
The Maya were expert sky-watchers, careful observers of the motions of the celestial bodies...
Decorate your desktop with some of the most intriguing pattern and perception images from the Exploratorium.
See living stem cells and find out why they are the "stem" from which all other cells develop.
Using baking soda and vinegar, you can pop a plastic bag with the power of fizz.
How do you stop and steer a bicycle? What forces keep the bicycle from falling over?
Explore the unknown world inside your brain with these fun activities.
Open your eyes to "She Blinded Me With Science."
What's really going on when you bake? Find out.
See a map of recent earthquakes in the United States, and learn why earthquakes happen so frequently on the West Coast.
Learn about the body's vital defense force.
Experiment with water, temperature, and light to see what makes a seed come out of its shell.
Nobel Laureate Symposium
With just mud, paper and an egg, you can grow colonies of multi-hued microbes!
Launch a rocket with a plastic pop bottle and use Height Site to figure out how high it flies.
Interact with the Cafe Wall Illusion.
Here's how you can model the use of X rays for medical examinations with some sand and a piece of screen.
Where do all the different languages in the world come from?
Ever wonder what you might weigh on Mars or the moon? Here's your chance to find out.
Spin the bottle to see beautiful swirling shapes
In this activity, students make bridges using an oil-based modeling clay (plasticene).
High energy prices got you down? Discover how pickles can ease your troubles.
Insight into genes, reproduction, and cancer
anatomy of a skateboard, skateboard tricks, types of skateboarding, physics glossary.
Four downloadable workshop guides for teaching introductory genetics in a museum or other informal education setting.
An evening of wine, food, and talk.
Just how do we remember a face?
Check out efforts to restore California’s native steelhead and salmon.
Stand in the intersection of the traditional and the avant-garde.
Learn about scale and structure with eight great activities designed for the elementary classroom.
Stories about science, art, and human perception—from 1998.
What happens when two hockey players collide? Try our hockey collision calculator!
Watch contemporary musicians and sound artists perform and discuss their work.
A drop of water makes a fine magnifying lens.
A Scribbling Machine is a motorized contraption that moves in unusual ways and leaves a mark to trace it's path.
Reflect on the deeper significance of Soap Film Painting.
This clay building activity shows that when you make things bigger, weight increases faster than strength.
APE was a four-year Exploratorium project to explore strategies and tactics to shift the role of visitors from passive recipient of information to active participant in the exhibit experience.
Complete an electrical circuit with your body and explore ways to control the flow of electricity.
Join curator Marina McDougall for a conversation with photographer Lena Herzog.
What makes Antarctica inhospitable to life also makes it ideal for astronomy.
You can make a light painting with a light source, a darkened room, and a digital camera.
Why do I hear the bass from my neighbor's stereo, but not the treble?
Watch old pennies turn bright and shiny right before your eyes!
Opera singers carry notes that seem to last forever. How do they do it?
Explore the relationship between an object's volume and its weight.
Meet Fi Henshall, an automata artist showcased at the Curious Contraptions exhibition.
Learn about the most important piece of equipment-- your feet!
Turn your phone into a pocket science laboratory with tools to measure light, motion, sound, and more.
Recycle a potato chip can into a simple camera.
See the light of the exhibit Aurora.
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.
(Embarcadero at Green Street)
San Francisco, CA 94111
Get at-home activities and learning tools delivered straight to your inbox