Category: Exhibits

Outdoor Nature Lab

About The Outdoor Nature Lab Visitors Can Choose to: Experience a guided observation that inspires deep thinking through your senses […]

Pandemic Detectives

Diving into the science behind the COVID19 pandemic using hands-on activity stations. Test different mask materials, inspect them under a […]

Pheena the Fin Whale

About Pheena Pheena, our life-size fin whale, came to the plaza at the Lawrence Hall of Science in 1975. She […]

Community Connections

About Community Connections We Asked Our Communities: How did you and your loved ones address the many challenges of the […]

Pinball Palooza

Learn the inner mechanics of a pinball machine, then construct your own! Use everyday materials to create flippers, plungers, and ramps to make your pinball machine uniquely yours.

Optical Illusions

Design, build, and test your own optical illusion while learning about the human eye as part of our newest Ingenuity challenge. Observe and compare how optical illusions work as you create fun and unique designs.

Marble Machines

Use ramps, lifts, tubes, and jumps to design, build, and test your own creative marble machine. Get your marble from Point A to Point B, all while following some surprising paths in between.


Teens Talk Mental Health Bay Area teens share what mental health means to them, talk about what their experience of […]

3D Theater

About the 3D Theater Learn about a variety of topics from new films each season. Access + Comfort Wheelchair-accessible Assistive […]

Ramps and Rollers

Ramps are one of the basic mechanical devices that allow humans to do work more easily. We use ramps as tools to do ordinary things like loading a truck, or pushing a wheelchair up to an entrance while avoiding the stairs. We also employ ramps for really fun engineering, like designing roller coasters!

Stop-Motion Stories

See your own stories and ideas come to life using stop-motion. Stop-motion is an animation technique that has been used by filmmakers for over 100 years to create movement, using still objects and even drawings. Now’s your chance to get creative with our new stop-motion stations.

Cambrian Explosion

Welcome to the Cambrian period So many new types of living things appeared during this time that it is often […]

Biotechnology Learning Lab

The Biotechnology Learning Lab’s drop-in experiences are currently closed to the public, but check out what our Biotechnology learning designers […]

Sunstones II

Watching our sunset’s location change as the seasons change The position on the western horizon of the setting sun changes […]


The Lawrence Planetarium is closed while we move the dome to a new, more central location! While this move is […]


What can you build with Keva? Use these lightweight, easy to stack wooden planks and your own creativity to build […]

Ingenuity Challenges

Open Daily, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Main exhibit hall (A-level) About Ingenuity Challenges Solve Problems and Meet Challenges Design, […]

Make Station

Creativity combined with engineering helps us prepare for the future by developing inventions that enable us to both survive and thrive in environments like space, the deep ocean, and our ever-changing Earth.

Fly High

Engineers use their knowledge of air to do things like land safely with a parachute, fly planes, stabilize helicopters, and much more. Can you do the same with our wind tubes and hover table?

Wind Works

Engineers, especially those in the Bay Area, are working toward sustainable energy solutions by using the power of the wind to generate electricity. The need for wind power is continually growing.

Rocket Launch

Launching a rocket into space is a difficult task because of various factors. The efficiency, reliability, and safety of a rocket all depend on the quality of engineering design.

Shake & Rattle

Design, build, and test your own earthquake-safe structures. Explore how buildings behave when the earth starts to shake, and how engineers use science to build safer homes & offices.

Design Quest

About Design Quest Engage and Discover Design Quest challenges inspire collaboration and innovation in visitors of all ages. Tinker with […]

Forces That Shape the Bay

About Forces That Shape the Bay Explore Forces That Shape the Bay Control the water flow from the simulated Sierra […]

Animal Discovery Zone

The Animal Discovery Zone is temporarily closed while we revitalize this beloved space. Our transformation will provide updated habitats for […]

Science On a Sphere

A whole world for you to see Get an astronaut’s-eye-view of Earth’s surface—without leaving the ground—as it changes minute to […]