First Friday: Science of Light

Museum Programs & Activities
Friday, December 2, 2022
5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. EST (UTC -5)
Science History Institute
315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
United States


Illustration of a man blowing out a candle

Blowing the Candle In, illustration from Fairy Land of Chemistry: Explorations in the World of Atoms, 1887.

Science History Institute

This First Friday explores all things merry and bright . . . with the science of light!

We’ll look at the magical effects and real science behind things like combustion, gaslight, lightbulbs, and more—from candles and lanterns to modern electricity.

Get illuminated with seasonal hands-on activities and see highlights from our rare book collections.

Join us for even more bright ideas!

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. Attendees will receive a 10% discount to National Mechanics restaurant.