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Museum Scientist’s Apprentice

Saturday, May 30, 2015
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Scientists are busy working in labs at art museums, and in this program, apprentices got a chance to go behind the scenes with one. Kids joined Marco Leona, scientist in charge at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and learned how to make dyes from dead bugs like the Maya and Aztec civilizations did. They also used the latest scientific techniques and technologies to identify dyes in artwork over 100 years old.

This event is supported by the Bezos Family Foundation. 


Marco LeonaResearch Scientist

Marco Leona is the David H. Koch Scientist in Charge of the Department of Scientific Research at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He studied in Italy where he obtained a Laurea in Chimica (M.Sc., Chemistry), and a Ph.D. in Crystallography and Mineralogy from the Universita’ degli Studi di Pavia.

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