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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.
Join us as we crunch our way through everything from our San Francisco sourdough to Injera and Pugliese.
Experience Guillermo Galindo's thoughts on his boundary-breaking musical works.
Get to know the early electronic instrument the ondes Martenot.
Zoom into a fossil chimp tooth.
If you want to dig a ditch in the Arctic, you'd better bring more than a shovel.
Learn about common electrical systems in our brains and fast-moving plants.
Activities and History
From 1977 until 2003, the Exploratorium published a quarterly magazine. The Exploratorium Magazine Online is a companion to selected issues of the print magazine, providing key articles and activities and including multimedia features.
Tour the Breads of the World
Most people abhor the sound of their own recorded voice. So what are these recording devices doing to our voices to make them sound so awful?
How do you stop and steer a bicycle? What forces keep the bicycle from falling over?
Find out how different kinds of candy are made in the Candy-o-matic!
Find out what all that fiddling around before a concert is really about.
Saving seeds helps preserve the culture of Native American farmers in the American Southwest and northern Mexico.
Touch, dance, or walk on the ooze known as ooblek.
Listen to bird songs and try to figure out which are songs, which are companion calls, and which are alarms.
Get in the loop with Greg Brown's improvisational piece Dynamic Feedback Loops.
fat, proteins, collagen, and more
Specialized cells have a common origin. What sets them on separate paths?
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Scientists dig under the surface for clues to past climate
See the light of the exhibit Aurora.
Introduce students to unique life science activities that let them work with our research-quality microscopic images and videos.
Watch contemporary musicians and sound artists perform and discuss their work.
Build a stripped-down motor, a simple, easy-to-make version of the electric motors found in toys, tools, and appliances.
Visit the Outdoor Exploratorium at Fort Mason to explore the science behind wind, waves, and more.
Get a sneak peek of the InSight Mars mission.
Why do teens take risks, and what do our notions of risk tell us about the dangers of growing up?
Meet Matt Smith, an automata artist showcased at the Curious Contraptions exhibition.
Wind tubes are a playful and inventive way to explore the effect that moving air has on objects.
Four times over 100-plus years, major initiatives have brought together scientists from around the globe to collaboratively study the poles.
Get to know the grandfather of all instruments: the pipe organ.
Touch supercooled water drops with an ice crystal and trigger them to freeze instantly.
Put your mind to tackling these classic engineering problems.
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Build a scale model of waves of red and blue light.
Ensure a successful ocean acidification experiment with these teaching tips.
Make a fantastic toy that shimmers when you shake it.
What's in that cup of coffee anyway? Find out about the history and chemistry of coffee.
These unique – and uniquely beautiful – seal species spend their lives amid the sea ice
With just mud, paper and an egg, you can grow colonies of multi-hued microbes!
Can you trust your own memory? Find out with this activity.
Find out why biodiversity benefits plants and people alike.
Check out ColorFest, a two-month extravaganza celebrating color at the museum from July 1 to September 5.
Explore a part of the Galapagos that Darwin never saw.
Discover how researchers study climate change and examine the latest scientific data.
Teeth are the most common fossils found. What can they tell us?
Scientific knowledge and a few chemical concoctions can get you through a Bad Hair Day.
Get your antennae ready for what's on the airwaves.
What's at fault?
Bulk up your understanding of the "muscles" that move Theo Jansen's strandbeests.
Rube Goldberg-inspired cause and effect contraptions using everyday materials and found objects.
Meteor, meteorite, meteoroid – what's the difference?
Discover the uncommon stories behind the most common fruits and vegetables.
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