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Chemistry Lab

Free with Museum Admission

See the big impacts of little things.

Discover the stuff that makes up the universe! Measure, mix, and experiment with concoctions that glow, fizz, change color, and more – with goggles of course!

Do science.

Try hands-on experiments to explore how the interactions of atoms and molecules affect the environment, how our bodies work, the foods we eat, the toys we play with… everything!

Get real.

Use actual chemicals and chemistry tools to discover amazing chemistry phenomena.

Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions? We have answers! Explore frequently asked questions. For more information please contact us at Info@OMSI.edu or (503) 797-4000.

What hours is the lab open?

The Chemistry Lab is open daily, 10am-5pm. Hours are subject to change.

How old do I have to be to go into the Chemistry Lab?

The Chemistry Lab is open to guests of all ages who are excited to do chemistry while wearing goggles and following instructions.

Does everyone have to wear goggles?

Everyone must wear goggles to protect their eyes from chemicals. You can choose from two sizes and a variety of colors. The straps are adjustable and the goggles fit over glasses, so they will fit most people. Our ultraviolet sanitization cabinet sterilizes goggles after each use. Chemistry Lab staff are happy to help with any goggle needs. 

Will there be someone in the lab to help me?

There are always staff and volunteers in the lab who are excited to help.

What experiments are happening this week?

Experiment units change each week. Visit the What’s On Calendar to see this month’s experiments! Learn More

How dangerous are the experiments?

The experiments use many common household materials as well as a variety of laboratory chemicals including metal salts, acids, bases, and indicators. Some experiments use equipment like hot plates and Bunsen burners. All experiments and procedures have been thoroughly tested to ensure safety.

What’s On in the Chemistry Lab?

Experiment units change each week. Come visit and check out this week’s experiments!

April 1-7: Best of the Chemistry Lab
Visitor and staff favorites! The most exciting, popular experiments from the Chemistry Lab.

April 8-14: Chemistry of Food
What ingredients are in orange juice? What happens to artificial sweeteners in your body? Investigate the things you eat!

Two students in the OMSI chemistry lab learning about the chemistry of food.

April 15-21: Nature of Matter
Explore the properties and states of matter with stacking liquids, conductive solutions, pushy gas, and sticky slime!

April 23-28: Chemical Reactions
How do you know if a chemical reaction is happening? Explore different types of reactions from color-changing foam to DIY glow-sticks!

April 30 – May 5: Environmental Chemistry
Create acid rain, cure people of lead poisoning, and investigate packaging products as you explore the chemistry of your surroundings!

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OMSI is committed to making science-fueled fun available for all in our community. We are proud to offer admission assistance, financial aid, and accessible services throughout the museum. Explore access resources and amenities for guests visiting the museum.

Two students running chemistry experiments.

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