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Philadelphia Inquirer: Big Shows in Philly Museums
February 04, 2019
The Science History Institute’s museum is featured in the Inquirer’s “Spring Arts Preview.”
Ida Noddack
Nature: Celebrate the Women behind the Periodic Table
January 29, 2019
The Institute’s Brigitte Van Tiggelen is cowriter of this feature spotlighting female researchers who discovered elements and their properties.
Science History Institute Museum
Condé Nast Traveler: 11 Best Museums in Philadelphia
January 04, 2019
The Science History Institute is featured at No. 3 on the travel magazine’s list of Philly’s top museums.
PA Digital: More Than Just Chemicals – Digital Collections at the Science History Institute
December 20, 2018
This guest blog post by Hillary Kativa, Chief Curator of Audiovisual & Digital Collections, highlights some of the hidden gems found at the Science History Institute.
Plastic Debris
World Resources Institute: Plastic Is Your Frenemy
December 12, 2018
Before plastics became nature’s enemy, they were meant to be nature’s friend.
Jennifer Doudna presents 2018 Ullyot Public Affairs Lecture
Jennifer Doudna Delivers 2018 Ullyot Public Affairs Lecture at the Science History Institute
November 26, 2018
The internationally renowned biochemist presented a fascinating look into her groundbreaking CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technology.
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?
Fall Events and New Interactive Media Installation at the Science History Institute
September 13, 2018
The Science History Institute will provide many opportunities for the intellectually curious to feed their minds this fall.
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.”
Vampires, Witches, and Daemons Arrive in Philadelphia
August 10, 2018
All Souls Con, the sold out third fan convention, themed around New York Times’ bestselling Author Deborah Harkness’ All Souls Trilogy, will be held at the Science History Institute in Philadelphia on Friday, August 10, and Saturday, August 11.
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.
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.