Early Modern Laboratories


Joseph Priestley. Experiments and Observations on Different Kinds of Air. London: J. Johnson, 1774.

The most common image that comes to mind when the word “laboratory” is mentioned is that of a structure filled with scientific apparatus. Such laboratories are usually oriented towards teaching or research and are frequently associated with academic, government, and corporate entities. This section of the exhibit features early modern laboratories established in the confines of rooms or buildings.