Fellows doing research in the Othmer Library

Othmer Library


Researchers can schedule an appointment to access more
than 140,000 print volumes,
rare books and manuscripts, archival materials, and historical photographs.

Field Trips and
School Visits

Museum Program

We offer in-person tours and virtual classroom visits for students ages 12 and up. Reservations are required and spaces are limited.
Mine Vessel glass sculpture

The Color of Extraction

Collections Blog

Encountering rare earths in art, environments, and the phone in my pocket.

Support Our Mission


Understanding the impact of science in our daily lives has never been more important. Your donation helps us continue to collect, preserve, and share the stories of science through programs that inspire young people.
Linus Pauling lecture video still 1957

Historical Video Content Added to Institute’s Digital Collections


Digitized 16mm film and VHS tapes include science education series, promotional videos, and a silent recording from the 1920s featuring Marie Curie.

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

Host an Event
From corporate events and galas, to small social gatherings and wedding celebrations, the Science History Institute transforms into an ideal venue for any special occasion!