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WHYY: Frankenstein, now 200 years old, shows its roots
October 31, 2018
Living historians Dean Howarth and Rachel O’Connell have the audience join in a circle and share an electric shock at the Science History Institute.
WHYY: Check the Label
October 12, 2018
Who has time to read the small print — to go over all the “stuff” that’s in our food, medicine, or supplements?
Deborah Harkness
Vulture: Inside the All Souls Convention With 400 Witches, Daemons, and Vampires
September 09, 2018
On a recent sweltering weekend, nearly 400 self-identified witches, daemons, and vampires traveled from around the country to the Science History Institute in Philadelphia for two days of bookish revelry.
Water and Beverage Laboratory. Philly: This Project is Tracking the Oral History of STEM Researchers with Disabilities
September 06, 2018
Going into its third year, Science and Disability looks to bring visibility to an often-overlooked group. Get a primer on the project this Saturday at an event titled “Stories of Disability in the Lab.”
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.