Science History Institute
Science at Home: Colorful Science
Join us as we learn about Perkin’s mauveine—a synthetic purple dye—and try our hand at tie dyeing!
Humans love color. From hair dye to clothing, we have always used color to express ourselves. But where does color come from?
Before the 1850s, plants, fungi, and insects were used to dye fabrics deep, rich colors. But in 1856, British chemist William Henry Perkin had an accident in his lab and discovered mauveine, the first synthetic dye.
About the Series
Science at Home is a family-friendly digital program that looks at the history of scientific discoveries through the lens of a hands-on activity that families can do together at home. Sessions will be either live or pre-recorded using storytelling to introduce a science topic and connect it to an at-home activity. This program series combines history, science, and fun, while highlighting the stories we tell and the collections we house in our museum.