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.
Library visitors and Beckman Center fellows are also required to show proof of vaccination. Please read our COVID Vaccination Policy (PDF) for details.
The Science History Institute’s museum is open to visitors Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. We encourage you to visit our new Downstream exhibition, which explores more than 200 years of water analysis and protection in the United States, and our newly refreshed permanent galleries featuring new objects, stories, and discoveries. Admission is free and no advance tickets are required.
The Othmer Library is open to researchers by appointment only on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Appointments must be made and confirmed 24 hours in advance. Reference requests, research assistance, and copy services are also available. Since many researchers are still affected by travel restrictions, we may waive fees for reasonable requests.
You can also check out our digital exhibitions on Google Arts & Culture or join us for a variety of 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.
We will revise our policies as new information and guidance becomes available.