Philadelphia Science Festival

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CHF is excited to be a core collaborator in the Philadelphia Science Festival, an innovative, nine-day celebration that explores the many ways that science and technology touch our everyday lives.

With more than 200 of the region’s most influential institutions, museums, and cultural centers working together to produce innovative and engaging events, the Festival aims to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers and create homegrown citizen scientists. Organized and led by The Franklin Institute and presented by The Dow Chemical Company, the 2016 Festival packs more than 70 events into 9 exciting days at locations across the region, including restaurants and breweries, parks, libraries, museums, and other neighborhood places, many of them free! 

A full lineup of CHF’s festival events is listed below. For more information visit

Medicine 1776

Explorer SundaySunday, April 24. What was medicine like in 1776? Travel back in time at Pennsylvania Hospital’s historic Pine Building, and explore just how
much has changed (or stayed the same) throughout American medical history.

Gaffes on Tap: Science Gone Wrong

Monday, April 25. Science is no exception to Murphy’s law. What can go wrong, often does, and in ways that can lead to both unexpected triumph and unmitigated disaster. Join us for an evening of science gaffes where our brave speakers share stories of science fails from today and history. Must be 21+.

Science at Play for the Young at Heart

Science at Play for the Young at HeartTuesday, April 26. Who says play is just for kids? Embrace your inner child and stimulate your mind by tinkering, toying, and creating at the Chemical Heritage Foundation. Learn how adults have played with science throughout history to the present day. Must be 18+.

Neighborhood Science

Neighborhood ScienceWednesday, April 27. Taking place at selected Free Library of Philadelphia locations, Neighborhood Science gives children a chance to participate in family-friendly experiments and hands-on demonstrations. Join us as we reach into our bag of tricks and show you how to do everything from writing in invisible ink to making two books impossible to separate—all with the “magic” of science.

PSF Closing Party: Can You Play to Win?

Closing PartyFriday, April 29. Think play is just for kids? Wrong! Science toys have long straddled the adult/child divide and have been linked to ideas about mastery of the natural world as a method of personal self-improvement. See if you’re up to the challenge. When it comes to our collection of science toys, can you play to win? Must be 21+.

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