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Curious Histories Fest: A Taste of Water

Join us for our annual celebration of science, history, exploration, and experimentation featuring family-friendly fun focused on the water in your world.

Saturday, June 10, 2023 | 11am-3pm EDT

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A Fix for the Unfixable: Making the First Heart-Lung Machine

Seventy years ago, a group of stubborn Philadelphia scientists and a brave 18-year-old pushed surgery to its final frontier.

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Playing Dirty

Our new outdoor exhibition explores the intersections of environmentalism, education, and fun with board games from the 1970s.

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The Disappearing Spoon

Best-selling author and host Sam Kean brings you topsy-turvy tales from our scientific past.

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We tell the stories behind the science.

The Science History Institute explores lesser-known and overlooked stories from the history of science and technology. We dive deep into the history of scientific successes and failures, with a focus on expanding knowledge and broadening our understanding of how science and society intersect.

Collect. Preserve. Interpret. Share.

Through research, storytelling, public programming, and educational outreach, we reveal how science is embedded in our daily lives.


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