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Visit to Science History Institute
July 21, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Philadelphia’s Science History Institute at 315 Chestnut Street in Old City has invited APT members in for a special tour.
“Philadelphia has a rich scientific heritage that dates back to the colonial period. The Science History Institute works to connect people to the science that surrounds them–from the clothes they wear to the pavement under their feet. Although our museum features objects that can be visually unfamiliar, the people who used these objects and the processes these objects made possible have shaped so much of our world. We love to share these stories as widely as possible!”
During our visit you can view their permanent exhibition, which traces the history of science—from medieval alchemy to modern plastics and everything in between—or play with the interactive touch table to learn about the fascinating science behind everyday objects.
You will also see their temporary exhibitions including Downstream which has received awards from PA Museums and the American Association of State and Local History, and ExhibitLab, where you will learn and explore special topics and themes with their staff followed by a fun scavenger hunt.
The tour is free and donations are always welcome.
Thursday July 21st @ 10AM for approximately one hour
315 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia PA
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As APT member Patrick Coue notes: “I have passed by the building a zillion times on tours! I knew vaguely about its mission. I was overwhelmed by the richness of the collection and how relevant the museum and collection are to the history of Philadelphia. Right now, one exhibition space is dedicated to 200 years of water history in Philadelphia. I learned a lot about water infrastructure, treatment, and protection.
Philadelphia is the birthplace of many scientific innovations. As tour guides, we are very familiar with the scientific discoveries of some of the Founding Fathers in particular Benjamin Franklin and less about the myriad of other modern scientific discoveries.
I feel it is important to be informed and educated in the history which doesn’t necessarily pertain to the colonial and revolutionary eras. Perhaps, because of our predominantly history and art history backgrounds, a lot of us tour guides are not familiar and ultimately well-equipped to talk about the history of science. This tour could be a great opportunity to learn a bit more, get exposed to main themes pertaining to science or a least be aware that there is a rich science institute in the heart of historic Philadelphia.”