Science at Play, now at the Indiana State Museum, explores the magic and science of play. Did you know that the first chemistry sets were actually magic sets? Or, in the 1950s, chemistry sets were marketed to boys to encourage kids to pursue careers in chemistry and engineering?

Science at Play draws from the Chemical Heritage Foundation’s collection of more than 250 science kits and toys, but there’s a interactive component as well. Your budding scientist can use magnetic blocks to create geometric forms. Or, grab some plastic gears, rods, connectors,  and more to design the next great invention.

The exhibit is part of the Year of Science, presented by Lilly. Admission is included with a museum ticket and is open to the public from July 22, 2017 to January 15, 2018. For more information, visit