Chemistry around us
The aim 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 several times every day along with a number of 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 his discovery of polarography, and the work of Otto Wichterle, whose invention of soft contact lenses was a world-changing event. Visitors are able to see a replica of Otto's original design equipment, built out of pieces from a Merkur children's construction set.
Another significant element presented in the exposition is the phenomenon of the chemical laboratory. Visitors have the opportunity to take a glimpse into the past – part of the exhibit is an alchemist's workshop and an 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, which is equipped with the most modern technology, and acquaint themselves with the analytical techniques used in the research of objects in our current museum collection.
The general exposition partner is www.unipetrol.cz