Science and Activism Museum Tour

Public Events
Saturday, February 26, 2022
2:00 p.m. EST (UTC -5)
Science History Institute
315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
United States

Join our museum’s Gallery Guides for a “drop-in” tour that explores the vital impacts made by engaged communities on scientific discovery, environmental justice, and public health.

Our Science and Activism Tour invites visitors to consider these questions: Who is a scientist? Who is an activist? How does each bring about change?

Rachel Carson and Bob Hines

Rachel Carson

Rachel Carson conducts marine biology research with Bob Hines in the Atlantic (1952).

Stories include the influential book Silent Spring by conservationist Rachel Carson and the rise of the environmental movement; ACT UP, the AIDS crisis, and the development of the patients’ bill of rights; the Black Panthers’ lead role in community testing for sickle cell anemia; and the water-use protests that shaped the future (and the topography) of the Delaware River Valley.

This tour bridges content from our new Downstream exhibition and our permanent exhibition, offering a broad picture of the ways activists have reshaped our understanding of science and how visitors can become engaged today.


Science and Activism Tours take place twice a month on Saturdays (excluding December) from October 9, 2021, through February 26, 2022. Admission is free and no reservations are necessary.