Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Chemical Heritage Foundation - or a place I've walked by but had no idea what it was

  • The Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) began in 1982 as the Center for the History of Chemistry.
  • It was a pilot project of the University of Pennsylvania and the American Chemical Society.
  • It was made a non-profit organization in 1987. And became the CHF in 1992.
  • Today the Chemical Heritage Foundation has a library, museum, and a conference center. It also supports research, produces educational materials and offers fellowships.
Swiss Bakelite phone. Photo by Gregory Tobias from the collection Making Modernity.
  • The Chemical Heritage Foundation is located at 315 Chestnut Street in what used to be the 1865 First National Bank. It was renovated and opened on October 3, 2008.  
  • Visit the Museum - it's free! Open Mon-Fri 10am-4pm.
  • Use the restrooms in the Museum/Conference area - the floors are made of recycled cans!
  • Check out the exhibition Making Modernity!

Bakelite and Lucite Handbag. Photo by Gregory Tobias from the collection Making Modernity.
  • Want to take a guided tour of the museum? (Because really - who has the attention span or the ability to deal with cantankerous old people?) Take a self-guided tour using your cell phone! 215.525.1682
  • Miss First Fridays - the museum hosts events and guest speakers and is open until 8pm.

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