First Friday: Books of Secrets Opening

Books of Secrets

Detail from An Alchemist in His Laboratory, follower of Gerard Dou, 17th century, oil on panel. Courtesy of Roy Eddleman, CHF Collections. Photo by Will Brown.

Date: December 5, 2014
Time: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Event Type: Open to the Public
Fee: Free
RSVP Online: No Registration Required

Join us for the opening celebration of our newest exhibit, Books of Secrets: Writing and Reading Alchemy.

Drawing exclusively from CHF’s collections, the exhibit illuminates the important role of the written word in alchemical pursuits by placing the actual books used by alchemists alongside historical artworks portraying their use.

Curators James Voelkel and Amanda Shields will give brief introductions to the exhibit at 5:30 and 6:45 p.m. and will be on hand to offer their insights.

Extend your visit by exploring our related exhibits. Guided tours of Transmutations: Alchemy in Art will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at 5:15, 6:15, and 7:15 p.m. The Whole of Nature and the Mirror of Art, featuring images of alchemy from CHF’s Neville Collection, will be open for self-guided tours all evening.

About First Fridays

CHF joins over 40 Old City museums, galleries, and shops in opening its doors from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for First Friday. Learn more about First Fridays in Philadelphia’s Old City Arts District.

First Fridays at CHF are always free and open to the public; no registration required. For more information about our First Friday programs, call 215.925.2222 or e-mail

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