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Plan Your Trip

Our museum is open Thursday–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.

Our museum is free and open to the public. Find the information you need to plan a visit, from viewing our exhibitions to directions and parking.


315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Tel: 215.873.8288

Museum Hours

Thursday–Saturday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.


Admission to our museum is free.

Group and School Tours

The Institute is not offering group or school tours at this time. Please email if you have questions about future tour scheduling.

Viewing Exhibitions

Permanent and changing exhibitions can be viewed at any time during museum hours. Learn more about what’s currently on view.

Directions, Transportation, and Parking

Getting to the Science History Institute is easy by public transportation, taxi, train, or car, and there are several parking garages nearby.

Wheelchair Accessibility

The Institute’s exhibitions are completely accessible by wheelchair.


The museum will be closed on the following holidays:

  • New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Presidents’ Day
  • Memorial Day weekend (Saturday through Monday)
  • Juneteenth
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving weekend (Thursday through Monday)
  • Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (PLEASE NOTE: the museum will close for Winter Break at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 18, 2021, and reopen at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 6, 2022)