WHYY: Philadelphia Science History Museum Taking New Name

The Chemical Heritage Foundation will become the Science History Institute on February 1.


Excerpted from a WHYY article, by Joel Wolfram.

The Chemical Heritage Foundation, the Philadelphia science history museum and research library, will change its name next month to the “Science History Institute.”

The change reflects the Old City museum’s growth after merging with a San Francisco organization dedicated to the life sciences at the end of 2015.

“Our collections and our interests are broadening,” said Robert Anderson, its president and CEO. “We used to be just the Chemical Heritage Foundation because chemistry was what we did.”

Anderson said the history of chemistry, engineering, and the life sciences will remain the organization’s focus, but that the rebranding rolling out Feb. 1 leaves room for expanding to cover even more realms of science.

“It’s an all-encompassing sort of name, which will be, I think, very useful to us in the future,” he said.

Anderson said he wants the museum’s programming to respond to the public’s interests, which could take it beyond strictly defined scientific fields.

“We don’t want to draw lines between particular sciences,” he said. “We don’t want to feel we are excluding areas of science we are interested in.”

Read the full article on WHYY.


January 3, 2018