Visit the Exploratorium and experience the best day ever. With more than 600 hands-on exhibits and daily demonstrations of everything from dissections to magic tricks, there’s a little something for everyone. To give you a taste of the sensory adventure that’s waiting, we’ve rounded up four must-see exhibits. Start with any of them and see where your curiosity takes you.
1. Let Your Teeth Become Your Ears with Sound Bite
Get a taste of this: You can listen with your bones. Sound Bite, one of our favorite exhibits, sends rap and rock vibrations on a journey through your teeth and skull until they reach the ever-important bones of the inner ear. From there, the good vibes turn to nerve impulses headed straight for the brain. While you might not feel the vibrations, you’ll definitely hear the music in this exhibit that drops the beat just for you.
2. Explore Under the Bay with Glass Settling Plate
Get up close with the little critters of the San Francisco Bay by examining a glass plate we’ve submerged in the water. Every week, we pull a new plate out of the water to see what kinds of worms, tunicates, shrimp, and barnacles are catching our wave. Similar to an old-school arcade game, you can explore the critters’ photogenic and fluorescent features using a joystick-controlled camera.
3. Give It a Whirl: Ride with the Bicycle-Wheel Gyro
Is it me, or is this thing moving? The Bicycle-Wheel Gyro exhibit will take you for a spin as the momentum of the wheel pushes your body from side to side. Keep your feet off the ground and enjoy the ride.
4. Transport Yourself with a Little Mood Lighting
Now, for your moment of zen: Pull an acrylic dome over your head and enjoy some sweet serenity at our Mood Lighting exhibit. While you’re comfortable in the padded leather chair, use a knob on the armrest to cycle through a world of saturated hues. From pink and purple to orange and yellow—and colors in between—feel your mood shift as you’re transported from one world to another.
These four exhibits are just some of the most unique and iconic experiences the Exploratorium offers; we invite you to discover favorite exhibits of your own.
This summer we’re open for all ages every day from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.—and until 10:00 p.m. on Fridays. Adults (18+) can play on their own Thursday nights from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. Buy your tickets online now.