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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.
Measure the brightness of the sun using cooking oil and a white card.
Find out how a cochlear implant helped one man regain the ability to listen.
Enjoy the colors and textures of phenomena demonstrated by Exploratorium exhibits.
Explore the scientific, historical, and cultural context behind a new opera about the first atomic bomb test.
The brightest buds get all the glory – but they're not just for show.
Journey into Chaco Canyon, where ancient people built monuments to the cosmos. Journey to Chichén Itzá, where the Maya built monuments to the sun.
Explore the Traits of Life exhibition space using this 360˚ panorama.
How can forensic science become more scientific?
Take an impressionistic journey through the Exploratorium's Life Sciences area.
Are there meat by-products in makeup? Can you guess where you might find them?
Get a taste of how the earth's plates move.
Not all bubbles are made with soap!
With just mud, paper and an egg, you can grow colonies of multi-hued microbes!
Explore the science of music with us, through these online exhibits, movies, and questions.
the Fudge House on Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco!
by Exploratorium Staff • June 11, 2015
PBS Digitial Studios' latest episode of The Art Assignment profiles Zarouhie Abdalian, an Exploratorium Artist-in-Residence.
A physicist, a scientist, and a musician experiment with sound, music, and acoustics using instruments both real and found.
The legendary Joshua Light Show returns to the Exploratorium.
Specialized cells have a common origin. What sets them on separate paths?
Contemplate the continuum of cinema at After Dark.
Visit the beating heart of the Exploratorium—our shop.
Make your own refracting telescope from a pair of reading glasses.
San Francisco was born in gold dust, and nearly died in rubble and ashes.
Experience a sound collage with Jeffrey Alexander's piece "For Resonance."
Why do wintergreen LifeSavers spark in the dark?
Dig into the succulent science of making things grow.
Your CRT screen may appear to wiggle when you give it the raspberry, but the only thing wiggling is you.
Find out why biodiversity benefits plants and people alike.
by Eileen Campbell • February 15, 2017
Winter rains muddy the waters in the Bay.
Identify misalignments in your body by looking at your feet.
You can measure your reaction time with just a yardstick and some help from a friend.
Join the Exploratorium on the playa in Black Rock Desert and explore the science of pyrotechnics, flight, dust devils, rainbows, and more.
Is it just a glorified plank with roller skate wheels on it? Or is it a highly engineered device through which kids have reclaimed the urban landscape, bringing creativity and style back to the sterile asphalt spaces of sprawl?
Dive into compositions exploring ancient forms from Middle Eastern cultures.
Learn about oxygen and hydrogen after water has been separated.
Amino acids and corn syrup combine to create new aromas.
by Sebastian • August 16, 2019
Learn how eyes work, and watch a cow's eye dissection. Then follow step-by-step instructions to do a cow's eye dissection yourself.
A fish-eye view of the brain
Enjoy the cloudscape of China's Weizi Gorge.
Add and subtract colors to learn about human perception.
Touch, dance, or walk on the ooze known as ooblek.
Grow spikes of crystals in the sun.
by Exploratorium Staff • June 15, 2015
Juan Felipe Herrera has been tapped as the next poet laureate of the United States
Learn how to use physics to distinguish between raw eggs and hard-cooked eggs.
Far north in the night sky, a faint glow appears on the horizon. Green and red flames of light stretch across the sky.
Why do teens take risks, and what do our notions of risk tell us about the dangers of growing up?
Float high in the sky on the airship Eureka.
by Eileen Campbell • December 29, 2016
Read our picks for the Unsung Science stories of 2016.
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