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Philadelphia Inquirer: Scans Reveal Secrets of Medieval 'Harry Potter' Book and Medical Texts at Penn
May 14, 2018
The study of unsightly stains on old manuscripts may show the hands of early doctors and chemists at work.
WHYY: Age of Alchemy a "Must-See New Art Exhibit"
May 10, 2018
Smashed vessels, smoking beakers, celestial globes—the oil paintings on view at the Science History Institute’s Age of Alchemy are filled with arcane symbols, both campy and mysterious.
The Alchemist and His Wife, ca. 1928, by Jacques Hammerer, after 17th-century original by David Ryckaert III.
Science History Institute Debuts New Exhibition Friday, May 4
May 01, 2018
Age of Alchemy is the first exhibition under the organization’s new name.
Chemical Heritage Foundation is now Science History Institute
February 01, 2018
The 35-year-old organization will celebrate a new name at its Philadelphia headquarters this evening.
Welcome to the Science History Institute
February 01, 2018
As of February 1, 2018, the Chemical Heritage Foundation is now the Science History Institute.
CHF Selected to Host Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow
January 09, 2018
The Chemical Heritage Foundation has been selected by the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) as a host organization for the Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows Program.
WHYY: Philadelphia Science History Museum Taking New Name
January 03, 2018
The Chemical Heritage Foundation will become the Science History Institute on February 1.
The building that houses the Science History Institute's offices, museum, library, and archive.
Philly Voice: Chemical Heritage Foundation Reveals Rebranding Plan, New Name
January 03, 2018
Philadelphia-based Chemical Heritage Foundation will soon be called the Science History Institute.
CBS: Chemical Heritage Foundation Changing Its Name
January 03, 2018
An Old City institution has a new focus and soon a new name.
The media column in the Museum at the Institute's permanent exhibition
Philadelphia Inquirer: Chemical Heritage Foundation Is Morphing into the Science History Institute
January 03, 2018
The name change and evolving programming reflect the result of the 2015 merger with the Life Sciences Foundation on the West Coast.
A New Chapter Begins
January 02, 2018
The Chemical Heritage Foundation is thrilled to announce that on February 1 we'll become the Science History Institute.
Technical.ly: Philly Orgs Get $100K Grant to Make Video Game about . . . Alchemy
December 18, 2017
The Chemical Heritage Foundation is teaming up with Drexel and Gossamer Games to explore chemistry's predecessor.
Chemical Heritage Foundation to Receive National Endowment for the Humanities Grant
December 14, 2017
The $100,000 grant funds the development of a game prototype exploring the history of alchemy.
Broad Street Review: Eve of Destruction
September 14, 2017
Things aren’t actually disintegrating at the Chemical Heritage Foundation's museum … but they will, which is the point of Things Fall Apart.
CBS: Elements of Life and Death at Chemical Heritage Museum
July 13, 2017
A stone’s throw away from some famous Philly sites is a free museum dedicated to the elements: The Chemical Heritage Museum.
Philadelphia Inquirer: Decay, Rot on Display at Chemical Heritage Museum
June 26, 2017
The exhibition explores the inexorable decay of everything—and the human urge to stop it.
Rebecca Ortenberg, a program associate in the Institute's Institute for Research. Photo by Emma Lee, WHYY.
NewsWorks: Audio tour highlights historic preservation flash points in Philly's Old City
June 19, 2017
The walking tour explores stories of decay, preservation, and renewal in this historic Philadelphia neighborhood, featuring interviews with preservation experts.
The Chemical Heritage Foundation Presents New Exhibition and Walking Tour—Things Fall Apart
June 13, 2017
The Chemical Heritage Foundation opens a new exhibition on June 17, 2017, titled Things Fall Apart. This exhibition and walking tour explore the life and afterlife of things and why (and how) we preserve them.
Robert Anderson
Robert G. W. Anderson Named President of Chemical Heritage Foundation
January 11, 2017
Robert Anderson, former Director of the British Museum, has been selected as the President and CEO of Chemical Heritage Foundation.
Chemical Heritage Foundation Celebrates Archives Month
September 30, 2016
Throughout the month of October our librarians and archivists are making a special effort to introduce the archives to fresh faces.