Nurse in a mask

Between Us and Catastrophe

On View at 315 Chestnut Street

The Institute presents a new outdoor exhibition showcasing portraits of the pandemic’s essential workers by Philadelphia photographer Kyle Cassidy.
Dr. Ted Daeschler in Antarctica

Cold, Hard Science

Monday, November 9 | 6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. EDT

Join us on Zoom for this month’s Science on Tap talk featuring Drexel University’s Ted Daeschler, who will discuss his team’s work exploring Devonian-age fossils in Antarctica.
Portrait of James Barry

How History Keeps Ignoring James Barry

Distillations Article

After 150 years of scrutiny, scholars still misrepresent the British doctor’s life and gender.
Coloring Chemistry

Activities and Resources


Discover the stories of science with our free content, including Distillations articles, podcasts, and videos; virtual exhibitions; digital collections; role-playing games; historical biographies; and more.
Painting of William Henry Perkin holding mauve cloth

Science at Home: Colorful Science

October 30 | 12:00 p.m. EDT

Try your hand at tie dyeing and learn about Perkin’s mauveine—the first synthetic dye—at this family-friendly digital program.

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