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Science on Tap
Monday, August 13, 2018
6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Penn Museum (Rainey Auditorium)
3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

Please note: Tonight's event has been moved to the Widener Lecture Room at Penn Museum. You will be able to enter the building through our Kamin (Main) entrance. Doors will open at 5:30 pm!

Does the parallel universe theory really explain the Upside Down on Stranger Things? Is Tyrannosaurus vision really based on movement like in Jurassic Park? Is Bones right? Can a forensic anthropologist really tell if a bone is real just by licking it?

Representations of science in pop culture are often way more fiction than fact. With so many white lab coats, daring anthropologists, and crime-solving teams, it can be hard to sort out what’s real and what’s just for entertainment. But don’t worry! Your friendly Science on Tap organizations are here to help.

Join us for a lively and hilarious night as we pay homage to our favorite portrayals of science onscreen. We’ll share clips from our favorite TV shows and movies and explain the real science behind scenes that range from the brazenly bad to the surprisingly accurate.

Speakers include

  • Nicole Altman, Museum Specialist, Independence National Historical Park
  • Katy Blanchard, Keeper of the Near Eastern Collections, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • Anna N. Dhody, Curator, Mütter Museum, and Director, Mütter Research Institute
  • Elisabeth Berry Drago, Public History Fellow, Science History Institute
  • Aaron Lawson, Museum Educator, Wagner Free Institute of Science
  • Timshel Purdum, Assistant Vice President, Public Experience, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Cosplay encouraged! Show up as your favorite TV or film character doing science and get a chance to win awesome prizes.

Tickets for this event are $10 and include tasty snacks. There will be a cash bar.

Please note: The Penn Museum galleries will be closed during this event.

For more information, contact Alexis Pedrick at

About Science on Tap, Untapped

Science on Tap, Untapped events combine everything you love about the popular Philly science café with new locations, activities, and dates. As always, the goal is to promote enthusiasm for science in a fun, spirited, and accessible way while also meeting new people.