Supporting Our Mission

The Science History Institute stands at the intersection of science and society. With your support we can continue telling the stories of scientific discovery.
Museum and Programs

Our exhibitions and programs inspire visitors to explore the history of chemistry, the life sciences, and engineering. We produce and host a wide range of programs and events for scientists and the scientifically curious public. Discover great stories of science and the women and men behind them.

Our vast collections of scientific instruments and artifacts, rare books, fine art, photographs, oral histories, and archives dazzle the eye and stimulate the mind. Collections also support the Institute’s exhibition program and other programming initiatives that bring this history to a scientifically curious public.
Othmer Library

The Donald F. and Mildred Topp Othmer Library of Chemical History is an independent research library encompassing the history of chemistry and related sciences and industries. The vast holdings of the Othmer Library are available to research staff, fellows, and others to support research for scholarly publications or public history projects.

Distillations explores the connections between the sciences and humanities. Distillations magazine, podcast, blog, and videos reach lifelong scientists, scientific novices, and learners of all ages.
Institute for Research and Fellowships

The Institute for Research is home to dozens of scholars who use our varied collections to examine the roles science and technology have played in the past, how they affect our modern world, and the ways they will shape the future. Our Fellowships program enables research in fields as diverse as health and disease, material culture, and innovation.

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Your support of the Science History Institute is vital to our museum, collections, library, public programs, research fellowships, and so much more. Join us in exploring the past, present, and future of the sciences and technology.

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Science History Institute
PO Box 826451
Philadelphia, PA 19182-6451

If you have questions about making a gift to the Science History Institute, please contact Josh Balascak at 215.873.8204 or