Making Modernity

CHF’s Permanent Exhibition

Making Modernity, the Arnold O. Beckman permanent exhibition, will show you how chemistry has touched our lives—frequently in unexpected ways. Visitors can trace scientific progress in the laboratory, the factory, and their homes and learn how chemistry created and continues to shape the modern world.

Drawn from CHF’s world-class collections, Making Modernity includes scientific instruments and apparatus, rare books, fine art, and the personal papers of prominent scientists. Topics range from alchemy, synthetics, and the chemical-instrument revolution to chemistry education, electrochemistry, chemistry sets, and the science of color. 

No matter how much or how little you know about chemistry, Making Modernity will give you a new perspective on the everyday objects around you.

On view in the Masao Horiba Gallery. Admission is free.


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