Bugs and Bakelite buttons. Lab notes and lifesaving letters. Vaccines and vats of bright, colorful dyes. Our exhibitions explore the diverse and surprising histories behind the science that shapes our world.

BOLD: Color from Test Tube to Textile

Our new exhibition takes visitors on a colorful journey through more than 150 years of synthetic dye-making.

The Science History Institute Museum is free and open to the public Wednesday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm. You can also explore our digital exhibitions on Google Arts & Culture or revisit your favorite shows from the past.

woman and child in front of a museum exhibit

Permanent Exhibition

Take a journey through more than 500 years of scientific inquiry into the material world.

Illustrations of the human heart and blood vessels

Blood and Fire

From our A Closer Read series, this exhibition features rare books that tell the story of experimental science in the 17th century.

colorful board game

Playing Dirty

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

graphic depicting immigration papers and birth control pills

Migrating Science: Stories of Immigration and Innovation

This ExhibitLab display features oral history interview excerpts, museum objects, and archival materials from our collections.

Mine Vessel glass sculpture

Enabling Transparency

Glass artist Anna Mlasowsky examines the history of the rare earth elements and their socio-ecological impact on local communities and the environment.

Engraving from old book

The Whole of Nature and the Mirror of Art

View photo reproductions of engravings from 17th-century alchemical books.