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MetKids Microscope

MetKids Microscope is a show about the science behind the art (and the art behind the science!) at The Met. Learn true stories about real discoveries from scientists at the Museum, and do some experiments on your own!

So THAT'S How You Make Paint? Egg Tempera

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.

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.

How Can Art Trick Our Minds? Pointillism and Optics

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!

How To Make Your Own Optical Illusion

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

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!

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.

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?

What Does Sound Look Like?

Make an instrument and a special tool to visualize sound.

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.

How to Dust For Fingerprints

Uncover hidden fingerprints around your home like an art detective.

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