Science is all around us. It shapes who we are and what we do – from the clothes we wear, to the food we eat, to the water we drink. But how science impacts our lives often goes unnoticed – we simply don’t see it.


The Science History Institute illuminates the science and technology that is “hidden in plain sight.” We explore compelling but often lesser-known stories of science – and we don’t just mean discoveries made by scientists in laboratories. We dive deep into the history of scientific successes and failures, strange surprises, and mishaps. We tell the stories behind the science.


So, visit our museum and library, listen to our podcasts, read our magazine, and explore our digital collections and blog to be awakened to scientific stories that are interesting and delightful. And we’re free, so that you can be free to discover the science embedded in your life.

The Science History Institute is located at 315 Chestnut Street in the heart of Old City, Philadelphia's historic district. Open Wednesday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.. Admission is FREE. Visit for more information. 

Distance from Independence Visitor Center: 0.23 miles
Distance from Sister Cities Visitor Center: 1.32 miles
Distance from Pennsylvania Convention Center: 0.74 miles


Facility Amenities

  • Accessible by Public Transit
  • Comp for Guides
  • Handicap Access
  • Non Smoking

Facility Information

  • Environmentally Friendly
  • Family Friendly
  • LGBT Friendly
  • Student Friendly

Group Information

  • Group Friendly

Venue Amenities

  • Guided Tours Available


Facility Amenities

  • Free Admission
  • Guided Tour Available


Hours Tue

  • 10:00am-5:00pm

Hours Wed

  • 10:00am-5:00pm

Hours Thurs

  • 10:00am-5:00pm

Hours Fri

  • 10:00am-5:00pm

Hours Sat

  • 10:00am-5:00pm

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