First Friday: Plants, Potions, and Poisons

Museum Programs & Activities
Friday, March 3, 2023
5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. EST (UTC -5)
Science History Institute
315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
United States


Page with botanical illustrations

Plate No. 14: Medicinal Plants
The Book of Health, 1898.

Science History Institute

This First Friday, take a peek at our upcoming digital exhibition about the Victorian obsession with “exotic” poisonous plants through the murder mysteries of Sherlock Holmes!

You’ll also have a chance to explore our library’s pop-up exhibition featuring ornately illustrated rare books about deadly plants, a nurse’s drug kit full of poisons, and a nearly 200-year-old original manuscript on how to use medicine to solve murder. Play a matching game to test your deductive skills and enjoy a mysterious night at the museum!

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.