Curious Histories Fest: A Taste of Water

For Families
Saturday, June 10, 2023
11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Science History Institute
315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
United States

Curious Histories Fest is an annual celebration of science, history, exploration, and experimentation.


Woman and glass of water

Detail of “Read How to Get Soft Water Right Out of Your Faucet!
Advertisement for Dow Chemical Company, July 11, 1953.

Science History Institute

The day will feature free hands-on activities and family-friendly fun, as well as exciting talks, tours, and highlights from our special collections. Visit our museum; talk to curators and experts; take part in performances, story times, and special events; and immerse yourself in curiosity!

A Taste of Water

This year’s Curious Histories Fest invites you to “A Taste of Water,” a daylong celebration of the water in your world. Have you ever wondered about the water in your tap or bottle? Does water have a taste? Can it affect the flavor of food? How do minerals in our natural environment change how we drink, cook, and eat?

Join us for family activities, hands-on crafts, engaging talks, and yummy tastings, of course! Learn how global waters are affected by geology, sample oysters and beers from local watersheds, and let your tastebuds lead. Then visit our museum and see special collections showcasing strange and wondrous water histories. Enjoy food trucks, special guests, live music, and so much more.

Curious Histories Fest is open to all ages. Admission and programs are free; tastings are pay-as-you-go. No reservations are necessary.


Major funding for Curious Histories is provided by the Bolte Family Foundation.