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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.
When you pick up a baseball, it immediately suggests its purpose: to be thrown fast and with considerable accuracy.
What can you do with a frozen water balloon? Plenty!
Use your naked egg to experiment with osmosis, the movement of water across a membrane.
Contemplate the continuum of cinema at After Dark.
What's really going on when you bake? Find out.
Recycle a potato chip can into a simple camera.
Go behind the scenes of Self, Made with its curators and advisors.
What is a gear ratio? And how do gears help make the bicycle so efficient?
Our bodies contain 30 trillion microbes, a microbiome that seems essential for our well-being.
Check out our coverage of NASA’s rover, Curiosity, from 2012.
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Follow the process of revitalizing the Buchanan Mall in the Western Addition.
Wind tubes are a playful and inventive way to explore the effect that moving air has on objects.
Get to know Pier 15, one of the greenest buildings around.
Are there earthquakes on Mars? Or rather, “marsquakes?"
A collection of auditory illusions found in indigenous folk practices, popular music, and scientific research.
Pull up a chair and dive into Middle Ground.
In Silhouette invites you to experience remarkably complex and inventive works of shadow play.
Geometry Playground will change the way you think about geometry. This exhibition engages your hands, brain, and body in playful investigations of this most visible branch of math.
Rock out with renowned San Francisco band The Residents.
Learn about scale and structure with eight great activities designed for the elementary classroom.
Search a geological map of Ethiopia for fossils.
Can you believe your eyes?
Humpbacks, minkes, and orcas are often sighted in the nutrient-rich Antarctic waters.
See a map of recent earthquakes in the United States, and learn why earthquakes happen so frequently on the West Coast.
Peter Whitehead is an instrument builder, performer, and composer.
Learn about origami, make your own paper, and find out the best way to fold a paper airplane.
Investigate the interior angles of polygons with your feet.
Learn about the most important piece of equipment-- your feet!
Try your hand at explaining symbols both modern and ancient, and then make your own.
Watch selections from the Kronos Quartet's performance at Resonance.
Explore Saturn, its rings and moons, and see the latest images.
Scientists dig under the surface for clues to past climate
The earth moves in mysterious ways
Amino acids and corn syrup combine to create new aromas.
It's easy to fold a sheet of paper in half. But can you fold a sheet of paper in half ten times?
Join us for an interview with musician and composer Dan Deacon.
Get down and dirty with the surprising science of soil.
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.
Journey into Chaco Canyon, where ancient people built monuments to the cosmos. Journey to Chichén Itzá, where the Maya built monuments to the sun.
Teeth are the most common fossils found. What can they tell us?
Cells behaving badly
Grow spikes of crystals in the sun.
Enjoy the early memories of some of the visitors to this website.
by Liz Ball • July 13, 2017
Join the Kronos Quartet for a performance like no other.
How can a microscopic organism lift several pounds of dough? Find out with this activity.
See how TV screens create images from many tiny colored dots of light.
Each webcast, the Exploratorium staff and teachers demonstrate their science projects and compete for the title of IRON SCIENCE TEACHER!
Do hot water and cold water mix?
Find out why balls bounce--or fail to bounce.
Celebrate musical experimentation with innovator, musician, and composer Roscoe Mitchell.
Touch supercooled water drops with an ice crystal and trigger them to freeze instantly.
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.
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