A Message from the Science History Institute about COVID-19

The Science History Institute’s museum, library, and conference center are currently closed to the public. Our library will reopen on January 19, 2021, and our conference center will reopen when Philadelphia’s temporary restrictions are lifted. A spring 2021 opening is being planned for our museum.

While our building 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. Or you can join us online for a variety of virtual programs and events. Researchers can contact Othmer Library staff about virtual reference requests, research assistance, and copy services. You can also plan your future events by 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 know that many people are looking for activities during this time, and we encourage you to explore our free digital content or to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for engaging stories about the history of science, including links to articles, videos, podcasts, historical biographies, and our digital collections. Our Try This @ Home video series offers some fun and engaging activities that you and your family can try at home.

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

We will continue to monitor the situation and will revise our policies as new information and guidance becomes available.

Updated January 14, 2021