A Message from the Science History Institute about COVID-19

The Science History Institute’s conference center is open for event rentals and our Othmer Library is open to researchers by appointment only on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Our museum is scheduled to reopen on July 1.

While the museum is temporarily closed, you can still visit our outdoor exhibition, Between Us and Catastrophe, which features large-scale portraits of the pandemic’s essential workers. You can also check out one of our digital exhibitions on Google Arts & Culture or join us online for a variety of virtual programs and events. In addition to in-person appointments, researchers can contact Othmer Library staff about virtual reference requests, research assistance, and copy services. Plan your events by calling 215-629-5151 or emailing facilityrental@sciencehistory.org

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 that frame our current crisis.

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 June 2, 2021