New Exhibit Opens at Chemical Heritage Foundation

March 5, 2010 -


On Friday, March 5, 2010 the Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) Museum will celebrate the opening of a new exhibit, Marvels and Ciphers. The exhibit, which pulls exclusively from CHF's own collections, opens the door to reactions—both chemical and personal. The exhibit begins with scientists' historic struggle to interpret the world around them, and moves on to public responses to their work, both positive and negative. Marvels and Ciphers will employ paintings, photographs, books and cartoons to explore these opinions.

Attending the opening will be Rudolph Pariser, whose contributions to the Pariser-Parr-Pople method helped revolutionize quantum thinking and whose old notes are part of the exhibit and veterinarian and philanthropist Dr. Laurie J. Landeau, daughter of petrochemical innovator Dr. Ralph Landau, whose Philadelphia-based Laurie Landeau Foundation is offering fiscal support to this new installation.

During this First Friday event, Marjorie Gapp, exhibit curator of Marvels and Ciphers, will lead a discussion and question and answer session about the making of the exhibit at 6:30 p.m. Additionally, guests are invited to design and create kaleidoscopes that will help change perceptions of the outside world—much in the spirit of Marvels and Ciphers.

The CHF museum, housed in a Civil War-era bank building in Old City whose renovations by Philadelphia's SaylorGregg Architects garnered widespread acclaim, will also welcome guests to explore Making Modernity, the permanent collection displaying objects—from cosmetics to computers—that tell the stories of discoveries that shaped the modern world.


First Friday One-Year Anniversary Celebration
March 5, 2010
5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Admission is free.

Rudolph Pariser and Laurie J. Landau will be available for interviews after 6:00 p.m.
Exhibit conversation with Marjorie Gapp at 6:30 p.m. 

CHF Regular Museum Hours
Monday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
First Fridays through 8:00 p.m.
Admission is free.


The Chemical Heritage Foundation
315 Chestnut Street (3rd and Chestnut)
Philadelphia, PA. 19106


The Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) fosters an understanding of chemistry's impact on society. An independent nonprofit organization, CHF strives to inspire a passion for chemistry; highlight chemistry's role in meeting current social challenges; and preserve the story of chemistry across centuries.

CHF maintains major collections of instruments, fine art, photographs, papers, and books. It hosts conferences and lectures, supports research, offers fellowships, and produces educational materials. The museum and public programs explore subjects ranging from alchemy to nanotechnology. For more information, please visit:

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