Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination is now required for all visitors ages
12+. 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.
Build cantilevers from bamboo garden poles and drinking straws and discover the importance of scale.
Join us as we crunch our way through everything from our San Francisco sourdough to Injera and Pugliese.
Learn how to find the histories and origins of words.
A do-it-yourself cartoon kit. It's easy to make pictures move!
Listen to internationally recognized authorities on human thought and behavior, including Temple Grandin and Paul Ekman.
Download a PDF file with step-by-step instructions for doing your own cow's eye dissection.
Each webcast, the Exploratorium staff and teachers demonstrate their science projects and compete for the title of IRON SCIENCE TEACHER!
Get a behind-the-scenes look at activities and ideas we’re exploring.
Explore the afterimages your eyes and your brain create.
This new version of an old game will bend your brain.
Learn about bike gears using thread spools and a rubber band.
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.
Come out to play on Seward Street concrete slides.
What makes Antarctica inhospitable to life also makes it ideal for astronomy.
Why is your shadow longer in winter than in summer? Grab a basketball and some paperclips and find out!
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.
Learn about the body's vital defense force.
What brings archeologists and astronomers alike to this ten-mile canyon in remote New Mexico?
Do hot water and cold water mix?
See a map of recent earthquakes in the United States, and learn why earthquakes happen so frequently on the West Coast.
Why is baseball so popular in Japan?
Listen to the sound of a rainstorm – anytime, anywhere.
Share some secret sounds with a friend.
Oren Ambarchi shares his sound-world of visceral guitar abstraction and fragile textures.
Darkening polar skies often bring beautiful light displays.
Use the Science Journal mobile app to investigate movement.
Can a gum wrapper have a story? Discover just how important and meaningful an object can be.
Model ocean acidification with this simple experiment.
Find out why biodiversity benefits plants and people alike.
Take to the skies with Virgin America's flight simulator.
Get down and dirty with the surprising science of soil.
Map sunspots and build an apparatus for safe sunspot viewing!
The Exploratorium wasn't built in a day—watch it go up in a minute.
How do you stop and steer a bicycle? What forces keep the bicycle from falling over?
Technological developments have changed how we view Earth. See LandSat images and learn more about our home planet.
Ever wonder what you might weigh on Mars or the moon? Here's your chance to find out.
The fact and fiction behind some bizarre gardening remedies.
It's easy to fold a sheet of paper in half. But can you fold a sheet of paper in half ten times?
What do you really know about what you see?
Identify misalignments in your body by looking at your feet.
Uncover the everyday origins of some extraordinary instruments.
Specialized cells have a common origin. What sets them on separate paths?
Learn about the inner workings of a cell through this interactive exhibit.
View the full eclipse visible from China in 2008.
Can you cover your kitchen tracks?
Just how do we remember a face?
the Fudge House on Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco!
What can a comet in space tell us about Earth's oceans?
Explode your approach to vinegar and baking soda reactions.
(Embarcadero at Green Street)
San Francisco, CA 94111
Get at-home activities and learning tools delivered straight to your inbox