Women in Chemistry Tour

Museum Programs & Activities
Saturday, June 25, 2022
2:00 p.m. EDT (UTC -4)
Science History Institute
315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
United States

Join our museum’s Gallery Guides for a “drop-in” tour highlighting the central role of women in shaping chemistry and the material sciences throughout history.

Our Women in Chemistry Tour profiles women chemists from antiquity to the present, sharing stories of innovation, resistance, and change.

Jeannette Clarke - Blood analysis with Perkin-Elmer Atomic Absorption Spectrophotomer

Jeannette Clarke performs blood analysis with Perkin-Elmer Atomic Absorption Spectrophotomer

Jeanette Clarke, employee at New York City’s Fordham Hospital, using a Perkin-Elmer Model 403 Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer to measure the lead content in a sample of blood.

Science History Institute

On this tour you can expect to

  • learn about the legendary founding women of alchemy,
  • explore the connections between domesticity and distillation, and
  • see how wartime changed the laboratory.

You’ll also get to know pioneering chemists and chemistry educators, from the 17th-century French alchemist Marie Meurdrac to Mary Maynard Daly, the first Black woman in America to receive a PhD in chemistry, and Rosalind Franklin, whose work in X-ray crystallography led to the discovery of DNA structure.


Drop-in tours take place twice a month on Saturdays. Admission is free and no reservations are necessary.