Explore Our Reach
Discover what the Exploratorium is doing right now to ignite curiosity, upend perceptions, and inspire brave leaps forward—and why it matters.
The Exploratorium is a portal to the astonishing scientific phenomena that animate our world and shape our actions. We create extraordinary learning experiences that ignite curiosity, upend perceptions, and inspire brave leaps forward.
About our work and impact
We're changing the way science is taught
How do you turn students into critical thinkers? We believe it’s with inquiry-based, hands-on, and open-ended learning. To that end, we’ve trained thousands of science and math teachers and provided free online classroom tools to a million-plus educators worldwide.
Investing in Bay Area teens
Since 1969, the High School Explainer program has welcomed more than 3,500 students to explore STEM fields while gaining career and life skills. During our closure, we're reimagining the program for future generations of Explainers.
Building the global community
From San Francisco to Ramallah, and from NASA to the Boys & Girls Club, we collaborate with people and organizations to create joyful learning and build a strong global community of learners and educators.
Welcoming all young scientists to Pier 15
Every kid deserves an “aha!” moment here. About 62,000 students, chaperones, and teachers from Title I schools receive free field trip admission each year.
Experiencing science through play
Anyone can experience themselves as a scientist with our Tinkering Studio, building and adjusting playful explorations of phenomena such as light and motion.
Shedding light on human behavior
Pull up a chair and dive into Middle Ground, our free offsite exhibition that’s bringing strangers together in San Francisco’s Civic Center. Interactive experiences will get you thinking about bias and stereotyping, humor and generosity, how we work together, and how we pull apart into tribes.
Support these programs
Your tax-deductible gift helps us train teachers, mentor youth, take kids on world-class field trips, nurture artists and scientists, and share exhibits worldwide. Please give today!