Illustration of a man blowing out a candle

First Friday:
Science of Light

Friday, December 2 | 5pm–7pm

Explore all things merry and bright: we’ll look at the magical effects and real science behind things like combustion, gaslight, lightbulbs, and more—from candles and lanterns to modern electricity.
Kipp's apparatus

‘High’ School Science

Collections Blog

Most object labels tell us what something is. Why one in our collections tells us what something is not.
Fellow in library

Beckman Center
Now Accepting Applications for 2023–2024 Fellowships


The deadline to apply is
January 15, 2023.
Illustration of Louis Pasteur holding 2 rabbits

Does Louis Pasteur Still Matter?

Distillations Article

Or will the scientist’s 200th birthday be his last soirée?
Museum visitor

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