Buried in a cove that later became downtown San Francisco, a Gold Rush-era cargo ship lay lost and forgotten underground until it was exposed by construction in 2013. Marine archeologists and historians share stories of the discovery, excavation, and preservation of this humble yet significant 23-foot maritime artifact, unique among the oldest intact boats in the United States.
Urban environments like San Francisco are full of mysterious natural and human-made phenomena. Why are there so many one-footed pigeons? Where does the sewage go? Why is our "summer" in May and September? The Exploratorium is "taking it outside" to explore these and other questions in engineering, ecology, optics, waves, geology, architecture, weather, and more. Look for new episodes on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, at 3pm PST.
How are creative investigations sparked? What does a state of inspiration feel like? Can inspiration be transmitted from person to person? Join us for an audio slide show series that explores the fascinating world of how we work creatively, and presents the human stories behind creative accomplishments.
The Exploratorium has a long history of exploring topics in Astronomy and Space- through live webcasts, produced videos, films, lectures, and other programs. Please enjoy a few of our favorites from the collection.
After Dark is an adult evening program at the Exploratorium on the first Thursday of every month that mixes cocktails, conversation, and adult-oriented programming in science and the arts. Each night showcases a different theme, which might include live performances, films, and new media, or feature cutting-edge technology and unexpected extravaganzas. Programs are playful, unique, and content-rich, addressing the science behind topics of adult interest—from gambling, alcohol, fashion, and sex to extreme sports and gaming. Not a theater, a cabaret, or a gallery, Exploratorium After Dark involves aspects of all three, with a mood unlike anything else in San Francisco.
Explainers are students from the Bay Area and from around the world who come together to participate in a teaching and learning experience at the Exploratorium— a museum of science, art, and human perception. Explainers learn exhibits, facilitate visitor-exhibit interaction and support general museum operations.