This First Friday, go “down the shore” with an evening of summer-themed science!

We’ll look at the powerful effects of UV light and the chemistry of sunscreen, chill out with the technology of portable coolers, and explore the science behind thermometers and barometers (crucial tools to help pick your perfect beach day). We’ll also take a fashion-forward journey through historical swimsuits and the synthetic fibers that keep us active! Enjoy hands-on crafts, see a pop-up from our library archives, and learn how to make the most of your next vacation.

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.

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For Families

Stories of Science

Join us in our museum EVERY SATURDAY for a family-friendly program that highlights strange and surprising stories from the history of science!

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March 9, 2024
Drop-In Tours

Women in Chemistry Tour

Drop in for a tour highlighting the central role of women in shaping chemistry and the material sciences throughout history.

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March 11, 2024
Science on Tap

Books on Medical Astrology

Candace Hesselbart will dive into this unexpected discipline of medicine by examining publications on the topic housed within the College of Physicians of Philadelphia.

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