First Friday: Plastic Fashion

Museum Programs & Activities
Friday, May 6, 2022
5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Science History Institute
315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
United States

Join us on the First Friday of every month for an evening of fun activities, special talks and tours, and a chance to explore unique objects and stories from our museum and library collections. Reservations are strongly encouraged.


Ad for colored stockings 1955

Color Crazy, advertisement for colored hosiery, 1955.

Science History Institute

This month explores the connections between science and the body through the lens of everyday objects such as makeup, hosiery, and swimsuits.

Programs & Activities

Look, A Book!
See treasures and surprises from our library collections, meet our librarians and curators, and take home a fun book-themed craft.

Fellow in Focus
Join Institute fellow Isabelle Held as she talks about the history of the color “nude” and highlights efforts by individuals and companies to redefine it and create products such as makeup and hosiery for a wider range of consumers.

Up Close
Get up close and personal with unique objects from the museum’s collections. Look, touch, and sense thought-provoking pieces of scientific history. This hands-on experience will satisfy your curiosity.

About First Fridays

Spark your curiosity while exploring the exhibits after hours! First Fridays bring together a myriad of activities covering everyday science, historical oddities, and everything in between. Grab your friends, and kick off an evening of discovery, surprise, and a little nerdy fun. 

First Fridays at the Institute are always free and open to the public; registration is strongly encouraged. Attendees will receive a 10% discount at National Mechanics.