Lionel-Porter Biocraft Biology Lab

First Friday:
Back to School

Friday, September 2 | 5 p.m.–7 p.m. EDT

Join us for this free event as we explore science learning through the decades with vintage textbooks, unique periodic tables, funky chemistry sets, and other science toys.
From Peas to Human Genome Project exhibit banner

Institute, Tsinghua University Partner
to Present Online Exhibition


‘From Peas to the Human Genome Project’ features instruments from our collections to commemorate 200th birthday of genetics founder Gregor Mendel.
Family visiting our museum

Field Trips and
School Visits

Museum Program

We offer in-person tours and virtual classroom visits for students ages 12 and up. Reservations are required and spaces are limited.
Screenshot of WHYY news story on the Institute

WHYY Summer Journalists Program Features Science History Institute


Student news report takes an
in-depth look at how we tell the stories behind the science that shapes our everyday lives.
Durkee margarine ad 1955

Stomping the Margarine

Collections Blog

Life when we had to color
our food.

The Science History Institute collects and shares the stories of the innovators and scientific discoveries that shape our lives. We preserve and interpret the history of chemistry, chemical engineering, and the life sciences.

Host an Event
From corporate events and galas, to small social gatherings and wedding celebrations, the Science History Institute transforms into an ideal venue for any special occasion!