Curious Histories Fest

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

SAVE THE DATE: Join us on Saturday, June 8, 2024, for “Color Your World,” a day of fun inspired by our current BOLD: Color from Test Tube to Textile exhibition.

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.

Participating Vendors and Partners

  • Beer tasting with the Wissahickon Brewing Company
  • Philly Water Bar with the Philadelphia Water Department 
  • Hands-on beer and water history with water scientist Gary Burlingame
  • Global Water Bar tasting and history with Institute staff
  • Iced tea tasting with Craft Tea
  • Hands-on tea history with Institute staff
  • Water-themed storytime with author Thembi Palmer
  • Meet macroinvertebrates with environmental educator Stefanie Kroll
  • Oyster tasting with the Choptank Oyster Company
  • Pitruco Pizza food truck
  • Schmear It bagel food truck
  • Stroud Research Center
  • Global Water Alliance
  • Music by Vinyl Tap 215 founder DJ DuiJi Mshinda and DJ Mr. Smith

The event also featured the unveiling of our prestigious National Historic Chemical Landmark plaque, which was presented by the American Chemical Society in recognition of our contributions to enhancing the public’s appreciation of the chemical sciences and to mark our 40th anniversary.

Bolte Family Foundation logo

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

Additional support provided by sustaining sponsors American Chemical Society, Dow, Eastman Chemical Company, Univar Solutions, and Westlake Corporation, and contributing sponsors Hallstar, Hexion, and LyondellBasell.


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