Our museum and library is closed today in celebration of Juneteenth.

Join us for an exciting First Friday event that delves into the explosive world of fireworks and the intriguing science of the Revolutionary War!

Learn about the chemistry that creates those spectacular bursts of color in the sky as you uncover the secrets of gunpowder and its pivotal role in Revolutionary War weaponry. Meet a Revolutionary War reenactor and discover what life was like during the American Revolution, where the colors of the soldiers’ uniforms came from, and how scientific inventions like invisible ink helped spies communicate across army lines.

You can also join our curators for special highlights tours and learn about the “Wound Man,” war medicine, and the harsh realities of medical care on the battlefield.

About First Fridays

Spark your curiosity while exploring the exhibits after hours! First Fridays bring together a myriad of activities covering everyday science, historical oddities, and everything in between. Grab your friends, and kick off an evening of discovery, surprise, and a little nerdy fun.

First Fridays at the Institute are always free and open to the public. Attendees will receive a 10% discount to National Mechanics restaurant.


Featured image: Figure 53: Display of Fireworks on the Seine, Paris, from Chemistry, Developed by Facts and Principles Drawn Chiefly from the Non-Metals, 1884.

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