Our interactive experiences bring the lab to your screen!
Instruments of Change
Instruments of Change invites you to discover the stories behind five of the most groundbreaking scientific instruments from the 20th century. Explore their social, environmental, and scientific histories while engaging in exciting game play! This interactive exploration features Linus Pauling’s oxygen meter and Arnold O. Beckman’s iconic pH meter, EASE analog computer, oxidant recorder, and infrared spectrophotometer. Get to know the profound impact these instruments have had on our world.
Stinks, Bangs, & Booms
This award-winning interactive timeline takes you through the evolution of the chemistry set throughout history, from the Young Chemists Pocket Companion in 1797 to modern kits. Along the way you’ll hear stories of chemistry-set enthusiasts, from Science History Institute staff members to Intel cofounder Gordon Moore.
Join the Science History Institute as we examine the rare earth elements and their impact on society.
Students debate the positive and negative viewpoints of important environmental issues.
This major exhibition at our museum was the first to explore the complex history of chemistry sets and other miniature laboratories for children.
As child labor gave way to child education in the early 20th century, do-gooders sought a novel solution to juvenile delinquency.
First sold in 1791 to a scientifically literate audience, chemistry sets have since occupied many niches—from colorful children’s toys to essential educational tools. Now making a comeback after years of public neglect, modern chemistry sets are ready to deal with the issues of the 21st century.