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Science History Institute

The Science History Institute is an institution that preserves and promotes understanding of the history of science . Located in Philadelphia , Pennsylvania , it includes a library , museum , archive , research center and conference center . It was founded in 1982 as a joint venture of the American Chemical Society and the University of Pennsylvania , as the Center for the History of Chemistry ( CHOC ). The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) became a co-founder in 1984. It was renamed the Chemical Heritage Foundation ( CHF ) in 1992, and moved two years later to the institution's current location, 315 Chestnut Street in Old City . On December 1, 2015, CHF merged with the Life Sciences Foundation , creating an organization that covers "the history of the life sciences and biotechnology together with the history of the chemical sciences and engineering." As of February 1, 2018, the organization was renamed the Science History Institute, to reflect its wider range of historical interests, from chemical sciences and engineering to the life sciences and biotechnology. The Institute focuses on the history of chemistry , the history of science , the history of technology , trends in research and development , the impact of science on society , and relationships between science and art. It supports a community of research scholars and an oral history program. As of 2012, it was the largest U.S. grantor of research fellowships for the history of science.

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Science History Institute
Chestnut Street 315
PA 19106 Philadelphia

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Opening hours

Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
Sunday Closed




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Chestnut Street 315, Philadelphia

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