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Science History Institute

  • Museums
  • Old City
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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  1. Chemical Heritage Foundation
    Photograph: Courtesy Chemical Heritage Foundation
  2. Chemical Heritage Foundation
    Photograph: Courtesy Chemical Heritage Foundation/Conrad Erb
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    Photograph: Courtesy Chemical Heritage Foundation
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Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

Step inside this museum in Old City to catch up on all the lessons you slept through in science class. Formerly called the Chemical Heritage Foundation, the institute was established to preserve and explore the history of science—from chemistry and alchemy to molecular science—and teach the masses about all the ways in which it has influenced humankind over the centuries. The foundation’s exhaustive, world-class collection includes rare books, manuscripts and notes scribled by influential scientists, an archive of modern and historical scientific instruments, and even paintings, sculptures and other works that intersect the worlds of science and art. Besides the permanent exhibition, “Making Modernity,” a cool, open galleria dedicated to chemistry and its influence in our daily lives, there is a schedule of temporary and rotating exhibitions throughout the year.

Josh Middleton
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Josh Middleton

Details

Address:
315 Chestnut St
Philadelphia
19106
Cross street:
between N 3rd and 4th Sts
Price:
Free
Opening hours:
Tue–Sat 10am–5pm
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