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J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Our museum is open Wednesday–Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

PLEASE NOTE: Masks are required to visit our museum.
Learn more on our COVID Information page.


Science is all around us. It’s not just found in the laboratory. It’s in the water we drink, the air we breathe, the clothes we wear, and the earth beneath our feet.

At our museum, you can explore the amazing successes, astonishing failures, and strange surprises behind the science that shapes our world. Be sure to check out our new Downstream exhibition, which explores more than 200 years of water analysis and water protection, and our newly refreshed permanent galleries featuring new objects, stories, and discoveries.

Named one of Philadelphia’s best museums by Condé Nast Traveler and featured on CBSPhilly, a visit to the Science History Institute is a journey through the weird and wonderful world of matter and materials. Discover the science in your life!

You can also explore our museum on Google Arts & Culture, which features digital exhibitions including Vaccine Factories: Animals in the Making of Human ImmunityMechanochemistry: The Science of CrushAge of Alchemy, Second Skin: The Science of Stretch, and Things Fall Apart.


Funding for the Science History Institute is supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.