Explore our digital exhibitions and immerse yourself in stories of discovery, challenge, and change.
Encounter the science of synthetic stretch textiles and the hidden histories behind decay. Meet the mechanochemists who pioneered the “science of crush,” play around with midcentury chemistry sets, or get to know “real” alchemists and learn the truth behind the myths. Our digital exhibitions will take you into the archives, across our collections, and through history.
Our Animals and the Making of Human Vaccines digital exhibition is featured on Google Arts & Culture’s “A Brief History of Vaccination” project, a high-visibility, global initiative that explores “centuries of life-saving science” through “discoveries, eradication, and ongoing research.”
Discover more on Google Arts & Culture >>
In the mid-20th century tensions between humans and mosquitoes reached fever pitch.
Many everyday items are described as “flesh” and “nude” in color. Whose skin color do they represent?
Turn on the illuminating history and science of rare earth metals.
Discover the world’s first fully synthetic fiber and how it paved the way for countless other artificial materials.
Get to know the role of animals and their cells in the development of lifesaving vaccines.
Explore the science of crushing, an ancient technique for transforming materials that remains central to our lives today.
Learn all about stretch fabrics and how these second skins changed the way we move through the world.
Discover the history of chemistry sets and how these miniature laboratories for children contained much more than their parts.