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A cracked egg floats over a table top surface featuring a bowl and whole eggs as well as a bucket of paint brushes and bottles of blue, yellow, and red pigments.

So That’s How You Make Paint?

What does a cake have in common with an Italian Renaissance painting? The answer may surprise you! Watch to learn about the special properties of egg yolk that make it just as perfect for painting as it is for baking.

A painting of a Madonna and egg and an illustrated egg artist holding a paint brush flank either side of an open sketch book with colorful test paint swatches labeled bright, grainy, and dull.

How to Make Tempera Paint at Home

Did you know that you can make paint in your very own home? In this experiment, make a glorious painting using only ingredients from your kitchen cabinet and refrigerator.

Two circus monkeys appear on stage balancing atop balls, each adorned with a mauve-colored star.

How Can Art Trick Our Minds?

Instead of mixing paint colors on a palette, what happens if we let our eyes do the mixing? Learn about Pointillism and how the artist Georges Seurat used the science of optics to create a whole new way of painting!

An illustrated brain character waves a magic wand over an open sketchbook page featuring an illustrated rainbow painted with many colorful dots.

How to Make An Optical Illusion

Trick your friends with this optical illusion! Create an entire rainbow using only the primary colors — red, yellow, and blue dots.

A time machine dashboard features a map of the world, a carousel of artwork images, and a view of peoples discovering an ancient artifact contained inside a vessel.

How Do Artworks Last for Thousands of Years?

Take a journey in The Met’s time machine and learn how some objects can last for hundreds of thousands of years!

Shiny and rusty green pennies dance on a spotlit dance floor surrounded by a border of pennies.

Why Do Pennies Turn Green?

Have you ever noticed that some old pennies look almost…green? In this experiment, use vinegar and salt to get to the bottom of how and why pennies turn green.

Collage of a fish and conch shell emanating sound waves towards an ear

What’s the Science behind Music?

Sound is invisible, yet it’s all around us! What’s going on here? What exactly is a sound, anyway?

Illustrated drum sticks play atop a DIY drum made of a tin can decorated with colorful cut paper shapes; wavy arrows like sound waves point to the drum

What Does Sound Look Like?

Make an instrument and a special tool to visualize sound.

Illustrated hands reach out to touch the Merode Altarpiece painting

What Happens When We Touch Art?

Find out how touching artworks can be dangerous and meet the scientists that take care of the art—our conservators.

Illustration of a hand pointing to a mirror with a single fingerprint; little fingerprint ghosts float on either side of the mirror

How to Dust For Fingerprints

Uncover hidden fingerprints around your home like an art detective.

A young girl in glasses shivers in fear sitting next to a shrugging silverfish in glasses; she’s in a library seated in front of a book about pest management

Are Bookworms Real?

Meet some of the critters that like to munch on art and books at the Museum and learn how experts keep The Met safe.

Drawn bugs peek out from behind a DIY notebook titled

How to Make a Field Guide

Make a field guide and use it to classify bugs like a scientist at the museum.

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A cartoon sphinx seated on a column in ancient Greece. Inset to the right shows a photograph of the terracotta head of a woman with cartoon crystals growing from her ear.

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