A NEW exhibition is getting the right reaction from young Einsteins and their families.

Bolton Central Library and Museum has launched its new family friendly Elements Exhibition to mark the 150th anniversary of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements.

It was launched in spectacular style with a super science event this week.

Company Sublime Science, demonstrated awe-inspiring science experiments and hands-on activities. Company Chameleon performed ‘Amaranthine’, an energetic and creative dance.

And visitors had a chance to find out how chemicals are helping to preserve the museum collection.

The exhibition, complete with more hands on activities, runs until January 26.

The Periodic Table of Chemical Elements is a major and well-known achievement in science and underpins chemistry, physics and biology.

The exhibition explains how the chemical elements were first recognised, how they are different from each other, and why the number of them keeps growing.

On display are most of the chemical elements and some objects made from or containing them.

Highlights of the new exhibition include a science club for those aged eight and over, which will run on Saturday, December 7 and January 11.

Today at 1pm, there will be a "light-hearted" look at what makes elements unique ­— why helium makes voices squeaky and what makes cabbages smell like they do.

And the talk will finish with an opportunity to handle some of the objects in the museum collection.

On Saturday between 2pm and 4pm, novelist, poet and singer Rosie Garland will be creating poetry inspired by the elements in a "fusion of science and spoken word".

A show starring two women scientists turned circus performers comes to Bolton Library and Museum on Saturday, January 11.

Sublime Science returns on January 25.

Older children can create their own unique Christmas decoration in the Christmas wearables workshop on Saturday, December 14.

For more information visit Bolton Library and Museum and pick up a programme.