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Philadelphia, The Museum City

Wagner Free Institute of Science

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM

Philadelphia, The Museum City

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Weeknights at the Wagner

Philadelphia, The Museum City
An illustrated presentation by Dr. David Brownlee, University of Pennsylvania

Lecture at 5:30pm
~Annual Member Reception follows the talk at 7:00pm~ 

Top Left: Light Court at The Barnes Foundation © 2012 Tom Crane / Bottom Left: Wagner Free Institute of Science © David Graham
Right: Charles Willson Peale, The Artist in His Museum, 1822. Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia

From the opening of Charles Willson Peale's Museum in 1786 to the inauguration of the new home of the Barnes Foundation on the Parkway in 2012, Philadelphia has been a center of innovative museum design. Museums have been built or reshaped in every era of its history, expressing the encyclopedic curiosity of the Enlightenment, the mid-century "workshop of the world," and the post-industrial "City Beautiful." Dr. David Brownlee will explore the forces that made Philadelphia a city of museums.
David Brownlee is the Frances Shapiro-Weitzenhoffer Professor in the History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a historian of modern architecture and urbanism whose interests embrace a wide range of subjects from the late 18th century to the present. His work is widely published and he has received three major publication awards from the Society of Architectural Historians. His most recent book is The Barnes Foundation: Two Buildings, One Mission (2012).

~Following the talk, current members of the Wagner are invited to a reception upstairs in the Victorian era museum with light refreshments and prizes. If you are a current member, click here to register for the reception. If you are not a member, Individual memberships start at just $25 -- join here.~

Weeknights at the Wagner - The Wagner Free Institute of Science presents five evening lectures each year as part of the Weeknights at the Wagner lecture series. Distinguished scientists and scholars explore current topics in science, history, and art as well as topics that connect to the Institute's history and its museum collection. All lectures begin at 5:30PM and the Institute is open until 7:00PM.

***Registering for this event is appreciated but no one will be turned away at the door ***

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Wagner Free Institute of Science
1700 West Montgomery Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19121

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM

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Wagner Free Institute of Science

Founded in 1855, the Wagner Free Institute of Science is dedicated to providing free public education in science.  Its programs include free courses and lectures, field trips and lessons for children and museum tours for all ages. The evening science courses are the oldest program devoted to free adult education in the United States. 

The Institute’s Museum houses more than 100,000 natural history specimens, a collection begun by founder William Wagner in the early nineteenth century and expanded by the pre-eminent scientist Joseph Leidy in the 1880s. Completed in 1865, the Institute’s National Historic Landmark building is essentially unchanged since the late-nineteenth century and includes a Victorian Exhibition Hall filled with fossils, shells, minerals and mounted animal skeletons and skins displayed in original wood and glass cabinets. The Museum is open to visitors Tuesdays - Fridays, 9 AM to 4 PM, year-round. Evening and weekend programs are offered during the fall, winter and spring.
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