Chemical Heritage Foundation Presents Making Modernity and Unveils New Museum and Conference Space

October 14, 2008 - Philadelphia, PA

By Carrie Barnes

The Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) has expanded its headquarters at 315 Chestnut in Old City to include a $20 million integrated museum and conference space that is scheduled to open on October 3, 2008 (5:00 to 8:00 p.m.) in a historic Civil War era-bank in the heart of “America’s Most Historic Square Mile” in Philadelphia.

“This dynamic center is the collaborative triumph of three groups: our curatorial and exhibit staff; SaylorGregg Architects; and the world’s largest interpretive museum design firm, Ralph Appelbaum Associates,” says Thomas R. Tritton, CHF’s president and CEO.

Ten years in the making, the 17,000-square-foot, two-story facility opens with Making Modernity, a permanent exhibition showcasing hundreds of artifacts from the 18th to the 20th century. Singular scientific objects, artworks, rare books and everyday objects—from cosmetics to computers—tell the stories of discoveries that shaped the modern world. The museum will also host changing exhibitions: the first, Molecules That Matter, a scientific and artistic representation of ten organic molecules that transformed the 20th century, debuted in August. Museum hours after the opening will be Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission will be free.

CHF board member Robert G. W. Anderson, retired director of the British Museum, says, “These galleries will appeal to all who are curious about the world and want to know the part which chemical sciences have played and will play in their lives.”

In addition to the museum, the CHF E. I. du Pont Conference Center will welcome professionals and other visitors to its distinctive environment, offering abundant natural light and prime views of Independence National Historical Park. The new 10,000-square-foot space will accommodate up to 180 people in its six meeting rooms.

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