On a Microscopic Scale

The Investigate Lab is a hands-on science education lab where the public is encouraged to discover nature on a microscopic scale. Using state-of-the-art scientific tools and techniques, visitors explore topics ranging from cellular processes such as photosynthesis and bioluminescence to how researchers isolate and analyze molecules essential for life such as DNA and proteins. Up to seven different hands-on activities are available during public hours. While the topics presented in the lab are targeted at middle school students and up, adults with younger children are encouraged to work with and make connections for their budding scientists.

Check out our new Moon Jellyfish with live camera feed!

Current Hours of Operation

Lab Classes

The Investigate Lab offers a variety of classes to different audiences throughout the year.

Volunteering and Internship Opportunities

The Investigate Lab staff welcomes the help of volunteers and interns. Volunteers greet visitors at the lab's front door and invite them to investigate the tools, techniques and concepts of scientific research. Interns are assigned projects to complete and are often awarded credit hours by their institutions. More information about volunteering or interning at the Museum can be found at http://naturalsciences.org/volunteer.