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Our museum is currently closed to the public.

Have you ever wondered how plastics are made? Where crayons get their colors? Do you want to find out how the DNA code was cracked? Or how we can measure oxygen on Mars? Explore with us!

Science is all around us. It’s not just found in the laboratory. It’s in the water we drink, the air we breathe, and the earth beneath our feet. At our museum, you can explore the amazing successes, astonishing failures, and strange surprises behind the scientific discoveries that have changed our world.

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!

While you can’t visit us in person just yet, you can still explore our museum on Google Arts & Culture, which features virtual tours of our Age of Alchemy, Second Skin, and Things Fall Apart exhibitions. And don’t miss Between Us and Catastrophe, an outdoor exhibition featuring large-scale portraits of essential workers by Philadelphia photographer Kyle Cassidy.

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.