Chemistry around us

Chemistry around us

The goal of the Chemistry around us exposition is to show chemistry in a context of which many of us are not aware. Many items that we handle every day, many processes that we take for granted, were born in a chemist's workshop, in test tubes, and in developmental, technological and industrial laboratories.

The exposition also presents noteworthy pioneers in the field of chemistry, like the work of noted Czech chemist Jaroslav Heyrovský, who received the 1959 Nobel prize for polarography, and the work of Otto Wichterle, whose invention of soft contact lenses was a world-changing event. Visitors may see Otto's original design equipment, built from a Merkur children's construction set.

Another significant element presented in the exposition is the phenomenon of the chemical laboratory. Visitors may take a glimpse into the past – part of the exhibit is an alchemist's shop and old chemist's laboratory. As part of the special programs associated with the exhibit, it will be possible for visitors to see an actual professional laboratory of the National Technical Museum, equipped with the most modern technology, and acquaint themselves with analytical techniques used in investigation of our current museum collection objects.

General exposition partner www.unipetrol.cz