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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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First Friday: Revolutionary Science

Friday, July 5, 2024 | 5pm-7pm EDT
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illustration of a woman and a child playing with pool toys

Wawa Welcome America: Free Museum Day

Join us for family-friendly, interactive activities that highlight the many strange and surprising stories from the history of science in the summertime.

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Women in lab coat using a spectrophotometer

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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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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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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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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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.

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Black and white photo portrait of Dr. Bettye Washington Greene

Storytelling as Pedagogy: Historical Biographies in STEM and Social Studies

The 2024 Cain Conference will explore how the stories of diverse scientists can empower young girls and people of color to see themselves as valuable contributors to the STEM fields.

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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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Ellia Bisker and Jeff Morris wearing eclipse glasses in a dark studio
Jul
24
Wed
6pm-8:30pm

Musical Alchemy: Charming Disaster and Thomas Little

The Science History Institute invites you to a magical evening of music and mystery, featuring goth-folk duo Charming Disaster and “modern alchemist” Thomas Little!

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1950s magazine ad with woman in blue swimsuit and man doing handstand in red trunks

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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Ad for L’Insectoline

Science & Activism Tour

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

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view of a museum exhibit

Dyes & Textiles Tour

Last chance to tour the BOLD exhibition before it closes! This 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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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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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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engraved illustration of a deer and unicorn in a forest

Science on Tap, Untapped: Legendary Science

At this special edition of our science café, we explore the myths, legends, and science behind some of our favorite mythical creatures.

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illustration of two women in swimsuits standing on the beach

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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Oral history bound copies, recorder, microphone
Aug
19
Mon
Aug
22
Thu
10am-1pm

Oral History Training Institute

This virtual training workshop introduces researchers to oral history and research interview methodologies.

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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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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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Chinese world map, drawn by the Jesuits (early 17th century).

The Global History of Modern Science, 1400–1914

August 6, 2026
This 2026 Cain Conference will address the major issues involved in understanding how modern science has been created through a process of global cultural exchange.

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