To foster dialogue on science and technology in society.
CHF’s staff and fellows study the past in order to understand the present and inform the future. We focus on the sciences and technologies of matter and materials and their effect on our modern world, in territory ranging from the physical sciences and industries, through the chemical sciences and engineering, to the life sciences and technologies.
We collect, preserve, and exhibit historical artifacts. We engage communities of scientists and engineers. We tell the stories of the people behind breakthroughs and innovations.
We now cover the history of the life sciences and biotechnology together with the history of the chemical sciences and engineering.
Four distinct program areas support CHF’s mission.
Meet CHF’s Board of Directors, Board of Overseers, and Heritage Council.
More than 30 affiliated organizations endorse and support CHF.
Take a look back at a year of preservation, research, and outreach in CHF’s annual report to donors.
Members honored in the first year include Stuart Churchill, Roy Eddleman, John D. Roberts, and Arnold Thackray.
Follow CHF in the media, or contact us for expert perspectives on chemistry and related sciences and technologies.
Since the early 1980s, CHF has preserved, interpreted, and promoted the history of the scientific adventure that created and continues to shape the modern world.
CHF’s strategic plan builds on more than 30 years of tremendous growth and highlights the crucial points of an important transition.
CHF is located in the heart of Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia’s Old City.
Get in touch with CHF’s staff and scholars.
CHF seeks qualified, talented people to help us promote dialogue on science and technology in society.