Milk Safety in the 20th Century

Eradicating Brucellosis in the US

Join us on Thursday, March 28 for our spring Fellow in Focus Lecture presented by Cain Postdoctoral Fellow Rebecca Kaplan.

Science History Institute on Condé Nast Traveler’s List of Best Philly Museums


“An intimate museum that puts the ‘cool’ in chemistry.”

International Year of the Periodic Table

#IYPT2019

The Science History Institute joins UNESCO in celebrating 2019 as the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements.

Age of Alchemy

On View at Our Museum

For many of us alchemy conjures up images of mysticism or a fool’s quest for gold. But alchemy’s golden age was much more. Highlights of this exhibition include paintings, laboratory tools, and more.

The Othmer Library


The Donald F. and Mildred Topp Othmer Library of Chemical History is an independent research library encompassing the history of chemistry and related sciences and industries.

The Science History Institute collects and shares the stories of innovators and of discoveries that shape our lives. We preserve and interpret the history of chemistry, chemical engineering, and the life sciences.

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