Curious Histories Fest

Curious Histories Fest is the Science History Institute’s annual celebration of science, history, exploration, and experimentation.

Curious Histories Fest 2024: Color Your World

Join us on Saturday, June 8, 2024, for a day of fun inspired by our BOLD: Color from Test Tube to Textile exhibition.

The festival will be packed with family activities, hands-on crafts, engaging talks, and live dyeing demos. Then visit our museum and see special collections showcasing strange and wondrous color and dye histories. Enjoy food trucks, special guests, live music, and so much more!

Activity Highlights

Food and Drink


Curious Histories Fest is open to all ages. Admission and programs are free; food trucks are pay-as-you-go. No reservations are necessary.

Curious Histories Fest 2023: A Taste of Water

The theme of our inaugural festival, “A Taste of Water,” featured a daylong celebration of the water in your world. Held on Saturday, June 10, 2023, more than 350 visitors enjoyed free hands-on activities and family-friendly fun, as well as exciting talks, tours, and highlights from our special collections.

Bolte Family Foundation logo

Major funding for Curious Histories Fest is provided by chief presenting sponsor the Bolte Family Foundation.

Additional support provided by sustaining sponsors American Chemical Society, Dow, and Arkema Inc.; and contributing sponsor Dr. Zhen Yang, YM American Academy.


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