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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.
Use live data to make your own wave predictions, wherever you are.
Experience the delicately crafted, otherworldly pop songs of French musician Colleen.
Shred like Jimi or twang like Johnny? Find out how.
An introduction to the concepts and theories that contribute to contemporary complexity research.
by Eileen Campbell • July 29, 2017
Watch the moon pass through its phases as we count down to the total solar eclipse. Today: a quarter moon (waxing).
Follow our crew as they visit the Dry Valleys and hike the slopes of volcanic Mt. Erebus.
Meet Carlos Zapata, an automata artist showcased at Curious Contraptions.
Go deep into the development of our Give Heart Cells a Beat exhibit.
What is a gear ratio? And how do gears help make the bicycle so efficient?
How do you stop and steer a bicycle? What forces keep the bicycle from falling over?
Get a taste of how the earth's plates move.
Learn about common electrical systems in our brains and fast-moving plants.
This is an easy grafting project for beginners.
These unique – and uniquely beautiful – seal species spend their lives amid the sea ice
See how TV screens create images from many tiny colored dots of light.
Experience the psychedelic visuals of the legendary Joshua Light Show.
Find out why biodiversity benefits plants and people alike.
Sink into the deeply synesthetic experience of the Joshua Light Show.
Turn a flickering light into a complete image in your eye.
Step inside San Francisco's landmark camera obscura with operator Robert Tacchetto.
Want to understand how to predict when the good waves are coming to your shore? It helps to start with the basics behind the formation of ocean waves.
Modelos plásticos huecos del aparato vocal humano convierten el graznido de un pato en sonidos de vocales.
A model for heart development
Watch old pennies turn bright and shiny right before your eyes!
Can you believe your eyes?
In February 2009, the Exploratorium hosted Darwin Days, a series of presentations, debates, and discussions exploring the ways scientists continue to learn from and apply their knowledge of evolutionary biology to a broad range of pursuits.
Discover how researchers study climate change and examine the latest scientific data.
Not all bubbles are made with soap!
Your guide to the Northern and Southern Lights (also in 'Observatory')
Recycle some cans to make after-dinner music!
With just mud, paper and an egg, you can grow colonies of multi-hued microbes!
Take a look at Mars rocks with the Curiosity rover.
Can you take a sip of water from a cup with your eyes closed?
Humpbacks, minkes, and orcas are often sighted in the nutrient-rich Antarctic waters.
Big magnets and black sand were made for play.
Grow spikes of crystals in the sun.
Join Theo Jansen and watch the strandbeests come alive.
What are the best materials for frames? What are the best designs?
You can make a light painting with a light source, a darkened room, and a digital camera.
An introduction to spectra and to the space-based telescopes. The site includes a number of hands-on activities.
Get in the loop with Greg Brown's improvisational piece Dynamic Feedback Loops.
Find out how a cochlear implant helped one man regain the ability to listen.
Experience Wayne Grim's sonification of the transit of Venus.
Art/science teams explore the underlying systems that give the San Francisco Bay Area its unique character.
A series of talks celebrating both the historical and contemporary dimensions of the Eames design legacy.
Find out how this extreme sport is governed by the principles of momentum, gravity, friction, and centripetal force. Learn skateboarding history, technology, and more!
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