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Science History Institute/Conrad Erb

Check out our current exhibitions, from Things Fall Apart to our permanent exhibition Making Modernity to our other changing galleries. Join us and explore the fascinating history of science and technology in our lives!

On view through April 7, 2018, Things Fall Apart explores the life and afterlife of things—and why we fight to preserve them.
The exhibition includes numerous works on loan from other local institutions, including decaying padlocks from Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site.
The exhibition also features contemporary art by the winners of our juried competition, including Michelle Marcuse's Made larger in shadow, which uses cardboard to create fantastic—but impermanent—landscapes of memory.
Much of the exhibition focuses on the conservation and preservation of historical objects that have decayed over time, emphasizing the scientific processes involved in restoring works of art.
Another juried exhibition winner, Aubrey Costello's Kindness Doesn't Indicate Weakness was part of the citywide public-art protest Signs of Solidarity in January 2017, where it hung on the façade of a North Philadelphia warehouse.