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Hands-On Laboratory

The Hands-On Laboratory is a fun, interactive learning laboratory program that encourages visitors of all ages to explore various topics in the laboratory sciences using many of the same tools and techniques as real scientists. Topics vary monthly, ranging from chemistry to genetics to nanotechnology to microbiology.

Stop by during program hours for ongoing activities and investigations. The Hands-On Laboratory is open on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings during the school year and Saturday afternoons year-round. View the Museum's daily schedule for up-to-date program times and topics.

School groups should plan to split their students into small groups of no more than 15 – 20 students. Most groups stay for about 20 minutes.

Sponsored by The Joan and Herman Suit Endowment and the Biogen Idec Foundation Science Education Endowment.


Topic of the Month:


Availability of topics is subject to change.


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Approximately 20 minutes long

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Suit/Cabot Lab

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Recommended for

Grades 2 – 12 and adults

Free with Exhibit Halls admission


  • Accessibility Varies
  • Multisensory Interactives
  • Staffed Area
  • Wheelchair Accessible

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