First Friday: Books of Secrets

Books of Secrets

Detail from An Alchemist in His Laboratory, follower of Gerard Dou, 17th century, oil on panel. Courtesy of Roy Eddleman. 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 of late medieval manuscripts, paintings, and early printed books, the exhibit will illustrate the craftsmanship of these early written books, from the materials used to the symbols embedded.

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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