September 30, 2008

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

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 Philadelphia.


"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 1-877-CHF-4550.

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 at:

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

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