Hours & Admission

The Science History Institute Museum is free and open to the public Wednesday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm.

Please note our holiday hours:


  • Wednesday, December 27, 2023
  • Thursday, December 28, 2023 (Join us for a family-friendly program featuring special gallery tours and hands-on activities as part of Welcome America’s Philly Holiday Experience)
  • Friday, December 29, 2023


  • Friday, December 22, 2023
  • Saturday, December 23, 2023
  • Sunday, December 24, 2023 (Christmas Eve)
  • Monday, December 25, 2023 (Christmas Day)
  • Tuesday, December 26, 2023
  • Saturday, December 30, 2023
  • Sunday, December 31, 2023 (New Year’s Eve)
  • Monday, January 1, 2024 (New Year’s Day)

During your visit, you can view our permanent exhibition, which traces the history of science—from medieval alchemy to modern plastics, and everything in between—or play with our interactive touch table to learn about the fascinating science behind everyday objects. You can also view our temporary exhibitions including our ExhibitLab display; explore special topics and themes with our staff; enjoy a guided family activity; or try a self-guided scavenger hunt, puzzle, or activity sheet. On average, visitors spend about an hour in our museum.


315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Email: museum@sciencehistory.org
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Museum Hours

Wednesday–Saturday, 10am–5pm


Our museum team works hard to bring you engaging exhibitions and programs. And sometimes we need a break to recharge! On days that we are closed, we invite you to enjoy a digital exhibition, take a peek at our outdoor exhibition on the façade of our building, or enjoy one of our articles, podcasts, videos, or blog posts.

The Science History Institute Museum is closed on the following holidays:

  • New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Presidents’ Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Juneteenth
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving weekend (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday)
  • Christmas Eve and Christmas Day


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