Museum of Science and Industry


Colorful Chemistry

See what happens when you mix chemicals and add some heat.


About the Lab

Explore the exciting world of chemical reactions. Students will make observations and actively participate in hands-on chemistry experiments that produce visible reactions like light, color and fire.

  • Grades: 4th - 8th
  • Capacity: 30 students
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Cost: $140
  • Offered Tuesday through Friday at 10:15 and 11:45 a.m.

Learning Standards
See the Next Generation Science Standards and Illinois Learning Standards that relate to this lab.
Lab Goals and Concepts
View our goals for your students and the key science concepts they should review before participating.
Activities and Resources
Try these hands-on pre- and post-visit classroom activities and other resources to extend learning.

Lab Information

Please let us know in advance of any special needs or requests at (773) 753-6254 or learning.lab(at)msichicago.org. On the day of your lab, please advise the Lab Coordinator of those requests as soon as you arrive.

The Lab Coordinator is not responsible for the discipline of your students and, for safety reasons, has the right to ask disruptive students to leave the lab. Please notify chaperones they will be responsible for student behavior. The Lab Coordinator may request the help of teachers and chaperones during the lab.

Visit Information

Plan to arrive at the Museum at least 30 minutes before your first lab is scheduled. If you are late to your scheduled lab session, the Museum reserves the right to cancel the lab and reschedule it at a later date if availability permits. If the lab cannot be rescheduled, lab fees are forfeited.

Payment must be received two weeks prior to the lab or it will be cancelled. Labs cancelled with fewer than two weeks' notice will not be refunded. Based on availability, labs may be rescheduled for a handling fee of $10. There are no exceptions.

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