Visit Your History at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Pittcon Today
March 4, 2013 - Philadelphia, PA
Visit your history! Less than a mile east of the Pennsylvania Convention Center, the Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) is America’s leading museum, library and center for scholars focused on the history of chemistry. CHF tells the story of chemistry and preserves the art, artifacts, instruments, documents, images and books of more than 500 years of chemistry, alchemy and early science.
Instrument fans, take note: Each of the four major displays in the museum is centered on an instrument that played a critical role in the development of 20th century science.
During Pittcon, CHF is open from 10 am to 8 pm. Monday through Wednesday with shuttle service from the convention center on the hour. You can also visit the Museum at CHF from 4–8 pm on Sunday, but no shuttle service will be available then.)
If you walk, head east on Market Street from the Convention Center, turn right at 6th Street and you will pass the Liberty Bell. In front of you will be historic Independence Hall. Turn left on Chestnut Street and CHF is two blocks ahead on the left.
About the CHF
The largest collection of analytical instruments in the world, which play a central part in telling the story of chemistry in the CHF museum, includes:
- 6,000 rare scientific volumes from the year 1478 onward.
- Largest collection of alchemy art in the world. Comic and captivating depictions of alchemy and alchemists in 300 paintings and drawings from the 16th through 19th centuries.
- Analytical tools and artifacts that shaped the 20th century, including test samples of nylon stockings from the 1930s, early batteries, instruments, and labware.
- Largest collection of chemistry sets in the world. They were the subject of an episode of the TV show Wired Science.
- More than 20,000 photographs that illustrate the lives and work of individuals and groups, as well as chemical processes and products.
- The personal papers of innovators such as Daniel Fox and Carl Marvel and of Nobel laureates Paul Flory, Paul Lauterbur, Alan MacDiarmid, and Richard Smalley.
- Organizational records, including the Dow Historical Collection and the Rohm and Haas Archives.
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