COVID-19 Information

The Science History Institute is temporarily closed to visitors. The Othmer Library will reopen Monday, January 31, 2022, followed by the museum on Thursday, February 3, 2022.

Our conference center remains open for event rentals.

Please note: In accordance with the Philadelphia Department of Health’s mask mandate, as of Thursday, August 12, 2021, everyone who enters the Science History Institute’s building must wear a mask. This includes staff, fellows, business visitors, contractors, library patrons, museum visitors, and conference center visitors.

Researchers can contact Othmer Library staff about virtual reference requests, research assistance, and copy services.

You can plan your events by calling 215-629-5151 or emailing Conference center event attendees must show Institute personnel proof of vaccination (physical copy or photo on the attendee’s phone), including the vaccination place, date(s), attendee name, and vaccine lot number.

While our museum is closed, you can still visit our outdoor exhibition, Water Pics, which features a series of posters created in 1951 by the Pennsylvania Sanitary Water Board. You can also check out our digital exhibitions on Google Arts & Culture or join us for a variety of virtual programs and events.

New Distillations content is posted frequently and includes our ongoing Pandemic Perspectives series, which features topical stories and interviews with biomedical researchers, physicians, public health experts, and historians.

We encourage you to explore our free digital content and to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram where you’ll find engaging stories about the history of science, including links to articles, videos, podcasts, historical biographies, and our digital collections.

For more information and guidelines on COVID-19, visit the City of Philadelphia’s Coronavirus website or the CDC website.

We will revise our policies as new information and guidance becomes available.

Updated January 13, 2022