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J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

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

Visit our newly refreshed permanent galleries featuring new objects, stories, and discoveries.

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.

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. 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.