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Museum visitors ages 5 and up must provide proof of vaccination for entry (boosters are not required at this time). Photos are acceptable. Masks are also required for all visitors. For more information, please visit our COVID-19 Information page.

The museum will be closed on Friday, August 26, for a private event.


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 Downstream, our award-winning exhibition exploring more than 200 years of water analysis and protection in the United States; Water Pics, our latest outdoor exhibition; and our newly refreshed permanent galleries featuring new objects, more inclusive content, and hidden or obscured science histories. 

Immerse yourself in stories of discovery, challenge, and change by exploring our digital exhibitions on Google Arts & Culture.

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!


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.