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The Science History Institute produces a wide range of in-person and virtual events that are free and open to the public. From exhibition openings and talks, to museum tours and late-night activities, our programming is aimed at science history lovers, students, industry professionals, scholars, educators, and the scientifically curious.
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The GLP-1 Revolution: From Diabetes and Obesity to Alzheimer’s and PCOS

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frontispiece plate of illustrations of the blood spectra

Stories of Science

Join us in our museum EVERY SATURDAY for a family-friendly program that highlights strange and surprising stories from the history of science!

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woman in apron dyeing cloth in a basin

Dyes & Textiles Tour

This “drop-in” tour highlights the science of natural dyes and textiles, the technology behind synthetic clothing, and the impact of fashion on human health and the environment.

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Collage illustration showing clip of Systema Naturae by Carl Linnaeus, botanical illustration, crop of a cave.

How Science Invented the Myth of Race: Origin Stories

In the first session of this five-part Roundtable course, we trace the origins of race science to the Enlightenment in Europe.

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black and white film still with two men, one with white hair and hand raised, in front of a mannequin

First Friday: March Mad-Scientist-Ness

Join us for an unforgettable evening that explores the bizarre side of science.

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Illustration of sheep in a meadow

Stories of Science

Join us in our museum EVERY SATURDAY for a family-friendly program that highlights strange and surprising stories from the history of science!

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Illustration of medicinal plants

Stories of Science

Join us in our museum EVERY SATURDAY for a family-friendly program that highlights strange and surprising stories from the history of science!

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group of women standing around a lab table with periodic table in background

Women in Chemistry Tour

Drop in for a tour highlighting the central role of women in shaping chemistry and the material sciences throughout history.

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Powering the Future: The Latest Battery Technologies

This ACS Webinar will discuss new battery technologies, as well as the development of innovative charging methods, such as fast and wireless charging.

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12 colorful illustrations from 1886 of various fats under a microscope.

Stories of Science

Join us in our museum EVERY SATURDAY for a family-friendly program that highlights strange and surprising stories from the history of science!

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The Troubled History of Alternative Medicine

Shireen Hamza examines the incorporation of elements of non-Western medicine by biomedical institutions in the United States.

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Title page from A Treatise on Adulterations of Food, and Culinary Poisons

Stories of Science

Join us in our museum EVERY SATURDAY for a family-friendly program that highlights strange and surprising stories from the history of science!

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indigo dye puck

Dyes & Textiles Tour

This “drop-in” tour highlights the science of natural dyes and textiles, the technology behind synthetic clothing, and the impact of fashion on human health and the environment.

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Collage illustration showing portrait of Richard Allen, a mosquito, and image of yellow fever virus

How Science Invented the Myth of Race: Calamity in Philadelphia

In the second session of this Roundtable course, we cover the 1793 yellow fever epidemic in Philadelphia, from the perspective of the free Black community tasked with saving the city.

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frontispiece plate of illustrations of the blood spectra

Stories of Science

Join us in our museum EVERY SATURDAY for a family-friendly program that highlights strange and surprising stories from the history of science!

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etching of a man in a hat using a telespectroscope

First Friday: A Celestial Celebration

Embark on a cosmic journey into the mesmerizing realms of astronomy, space, and the captivating history of our cosmic understanding.

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Illustration of sheep in a meadow

Stories of Science

Join us in our museum EVERY SATURDAY for a family-friendly program that highlights strange and surprising stories from the history of science!

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Science & Activism Tour

From Rachel Carson to ACT UP, explore how scientists and activists have shaped discovery and created change.

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Othmer Library After Hours

Celebrate spring in the library with exhibits, activities, and experiences that explore the role herbs, plants, and flowers have played in the history of science and medicine.

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Illustration of medicinal plants

Stories of Science

Join us in our museum EVERY SATURDAY for a family-friendly program that highlights strange and surprising stories from the history of science!

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magazine ad depicting stockings in a variety of colors

Round and Round: Circularity in Fashion

Join experts from Philadelphia’s leading fashion sustainability initiatives for an engaging panel talk on durable, reusable, and recyclable apparel.

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12 colorful illustrations from 1886 of various fats under a microscope.

Stories of Science

Join us in our museum EVERY SATURDAY for a family-friendly program that highlights strange and surprising stories from the history of science!

More
Painting of William Henry Perkin

Dyes & Textiles Tour

This “drop-in” tour highlights the science of natural dyes and textiles, the technology behind synthetic clothing, and the impact of fashion on human health and the environment.

More
Collage illustration showing map of African Burial Ground in Manhattan, illustration of human skull, man wearing a mask, and a photograph of the MOVE bombing in West Philadelphia

How Science Invented the Myth of Race: Return, Rebury, Repatriate

In the third session of this Roundtable course, we discuss the ethical treatment of human remains and how this practice, when done correctly, is imperative to our understanding of the past.

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Title page from A Treatise on Adulterations of Food, and Culinary Poisons

Stories of Science

Join us in our museum EVERY SATURDAY for a family-friendly program that highlights strange and surprising stories from the history of science!

More
illustration of leafy branch and pods

First Friday: Poisons and Panaceas

Step into the shadows of medicine and mystery at the grand opening of our newest ExhibitLab, Poisons and Panaceas in the Medicine Cabinet.

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frontispiece plate of illustrations of the blood spectra

Stories of Science

Join us in our museum EVERY SATURDAY for a family-friendly program that highlights strange and surprising stories from the history of science!

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women in lab

Women in Chemistry Tour

Drop in for a tour highlighting the central role of women in shaping chemistry and the material sciences throughout history.

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Illustration of sheep in a meadow

Stories of Science

Join us in our museum EVERY SATURDAY for a family-friendly program that highlights strange and surprising stories from the history of science!

More