First Friday: Alchemical Storytime

Public Events
Friday, May 5, 2017
5:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Chemical Heritage Foundation
315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
United States

Stoke the fire and gather ‘round! We’re sharing three tales of alchemical adventure and innovation.

What made a German physician believe he could grow rich by feeding silver to his hen? Why did 16th-century alchemists fear the iron gallows? And how did angelic prayer lead to wife swapping? Join us for an evening of our favorite alchemy stories, and find out what clues these strange tales give us about experimentation in early modern science.

Presentations will take place at 6:00 p.m. The Museum at the Institute will be open for self-guided tours from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

About First Fridays

Spark your curiosity while exploring the exhibits after hours! First Fridays bring together a lively lineup of guest speakers and hands-on 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; no registration required. For more information about our First Friday programs, contact Alexis Pedrick at 215.873.8293 or