This First Friday, go “down the shore” with an evening of summer-themed science!

We’ll look at the powerful effects of UV light and the chemistry of sunscreen, chill out with the technology of portable coolers, and explore the science behind thermometers and barometers (crucial tools to help pick your perfect beach day). We’ll also take a fashion-forward journey through historical swimsuits and the synthetic fibers that keep us active! Enjoy hands-on crafts, see a pop-up from our library archives, and learn how to make the most of your next vacation.

About First Fridays

Spark your curiosity while exploring the exhibits after hours! First Fridays bring together a myriad of activities covering everyday science, historical oddities, and everything in between. Grab your friends, and kick off an evening of discovery, surprise, and a little nerdy fun.

First Fridays at the Institute are always free and open to the public. Attendees will receive a 10% discount to National Mechanics restaurant.

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Collage illustration showing clip of Systema Naturae by Carl Linnaeus, botanical illustration, crop of a cave.
February 27, 2024
Classes & Workshops

How Science Invented the Myth of Race: Origin Stories

In the first session of this five-part Roundtable course, we trace the origins of race science to the Enlightenment in Europe.

black and white film still with two men, one with white hair and hand raised, in front of a mannequin
March 1, 2024
First Fridays

First Friday: March Mad-Scientist-Ness

Join us for an unforgettable evening that explores the bizarre side of science.

Illustration of sheep in a meadow
March 2, 2024
For Families

Stories of Science

Join us in our museum EVERY SATURDAY for a family-friendly program that highlights strange and surprising stories from the history of science!

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