Museum at the Chemical Heritage Foundation

museum at the chemical heritage foundation philadelphia

Museum at the Chemical Heritage Foundation

Museum at the Chemical Heritage Foundation

You wouldn't think a place devoted to "the chemical and molecular sciences and industries" could manage to be so appealing. But through sleek exhibits juxtaposing artworks and rare books with scientific instruments and common grocery-store items, this small, free museum brings chemistry home for pretty much anyone, not just the science-minded folks who work upstairs at the nonprofit Chemical Heritage Foundation. You'll learn about bleeding bowls; the history of margarine; chemistry's role in Gore-Tex, nylon and other fashion trends; and the humble origins of Dow Chemical Company. The periodic tables are front and center, of course, in a captivating MTV-like video column. The museum at CHF is in the heart of Philadelphia's historic district, perfect for rainy day respite or when you need a break from the Independence Mall crowds.

Where: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
On the Web: chemheritage.org

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