First Friday: Science of Fibers and Dyes

Museum Programs & Activities
Friday, April 7, 2023
5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Science History Institute
315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
United States

What’s the difference between wool and polyester? Cotton and nylon? It’s all in the fibers!

This First Friday, we’ll explore natural and synthetic fibers and dyes and look at the fascinating histories behind the clothes we wear. Prove your knowledge of natural dyestuffs with a matching game, touch and test raw and treated fibers, and learn about the technology behind textile manufacturing from the Industrial Revolution to the synthetic dye boom. You’ll see highlights from our special collections, try your hand at fiber arts, and make a craft to take home.

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.