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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.
The centerpiece of our museum is a multimedia experience showcasing our collection of art, scientific instruments, rare books, and more.
The Science History Institute joins UNESCO in celebrating 2019 as the International Year of the Periodic Table (IYPT2019).
Search over 5,000 of our digitized items: artifacts, photographs, advertisements, letters, rare books, and more.
Harnessing nature to deliver us from drought.
Join Distillations podcast hosts Lisa Berry Drago and Alexis Pedrick as Science History Institute staff members share their favorite objects from our museum, archival, and library collections.
Living in a world nearly free of polio, it’s difficult to imagine what it was like when almost every summer children fell ill, became paralyzed, and sometimes died from a disease people didn’t understand and couldn’t control.