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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.

Our museum is free and open to the public. Find the information you need to plan a visit, from hours and viewing our exhibitions, to booking a group or school tour and 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.

What Can I See and Do?

During your visit you can view our permanent exhibition, which traces the history of science—from medieval alchemy to modern plastics and everything in between—or play with our interactive touch table to learn about the fascinating science behind everyday objects. You can also view our temporary exhibitions including Downstream and ExhibitLab; explore special topics and themes with our staff; enjoy a guided family activity; or try a self-guided scavenger hunt, puzzle, or activity sheet. On average, visitors spend about an hour in our museum.

Our digital exhibitions and outdoor exhibition (on our façade at 315 Chestnut Street) are always open.

Group and School Visits (In-Person and Virtual)

We offer tours for both students and groups of adults curious about the science in their lives. School and college groups unable to visit in person can arrange virtual classroom visits. Tours are available Thursday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and are subject to availability. We also offer private, reserved time slots for your group or school visit on Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tours run approximately one hour. Reservations must be made in advance for all group or student tours. Learn more and book here.

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 accessible by wheelchair.


Our museum team works hard to bring you engaging exhibitions and programs. And sometimes we need a break to recharge! On days that we are closed, we invite you to enjoy a digital exhibition, take a peek at our outdoor exhibition on the façade of our building, or enjoy an article, podcast, or video from Distillations.

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, Friday, and Saturday)
  • Christmas Eve and Christmas Day