Chemical Heritage Foundation Presents Making Modernity and Unveils New Museum and Conference Space

A Renovated 19th-Century Bank Home to a New Exhibition Illustrating the

Impact of Chemistry on Our Lives

Sep 30, 2008, 01:00 ET from Chemical Heritage Foundation

    PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The Chemical Heritage Foundation
 (CHF) has expanded its headquarters at 315 Chestnut in Old City to include
 a $20 million integrated museum and conference space that is scheduled to
 open on October 3, 2008 (5:00 to 8:00 p.m.) in a historic Civil War
 era-bank in the heart of "America's Most Historic Square Mile" in
     "This dynamic center is the collaborative triumph of three groups: our
 curatorial and exhibit staff; SaylorGregg Architects; and the world's
 largest interpretive museum design firm, Ralph Appelbaum Associates," says
 Thomas R. Tritton, CHF's president and CEO.
     Ten years in the making, the 17,000-square-foot, two-story facility
 opens with Making Modernity, a permanent exhibition showcasing hundreds of
 artifacts from the 18th to the 20th century. Singular scientific objects,
 artworks, rare books and everyday objects -- from cosmetics to computers --
 tell the stories of discoveries that shaped the modern world. The museum
 will also host changing exhibitions: the first, Molecules That Matter, a
 scientific and artistic representation of ten organic molecules that
 transformed the 20th century, debuted in August. Museum hours after the
 opening will be Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission
 will be free.
     CHF board member Robert G.W. Anderson, retired director of the British
 Museum, says, "These galleries will appeal to all who are curious about the
 world and want to know the part which chemical sciences have played and
 will play in their lives."
     In addition to the museum, the CHF E. I. du Pont Conference Center will
 welcome professionals and other visitors to its distinctive environment,
 offering abundant natural light and prime views of Independence National
 Historical Park. The new 10,000-square-foot space will accommodate up to
 180 people in its six meeting rooms. For more information, please call
     About the Chemical Heritage Foundation
     The Chemical Heritage Foundation serves the community of the chemical
 and molecular sciences, and the wider public, by treasuring the past,
 educating the present, and inspiring the future. CHF carries out a program
 of outreach and interpretation, in order to advance an understanding of the
 role of the chemical and molecular sciences, technologies, and industries
 in shaping society; maintains a world-class collection of materials that
 document the history and heritage of the chemical and molecular sciences,
 technologies, and industries; and encourages research in its collections.
 For more information, please visit:
     The Collective Voice, a CHF blog covering the behind-the-scenes process
 of creating Making Modernity from the curators' point of view can be found
     Countdown, a CHF blog counting down the days to the museum's opening by
 highlighting artifacts from the CHF collection and archives in new and
 unexpected ways can be found at
Media Contact: Carrie Barnes Phone: (215) 239-4643

SOURCE Chemical Heritage Foundation