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Visit the Wagner Exhibit Hall (Summer)

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$5 – $10
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Welcome back to the museum!

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The Wagner Free Institute of Science museum is open again to the public!

Come visit the Wagner to see our landmark building and historic museum collections, including rocks, minerals, fossils, taxidermy animals, mounted skeletons, and more! The exhibit hall is self-guided, allowing visitors to explore and learn at their own pace. For first-time visitors and anyone preferring a little more direction, we have scavenger hunts to guide you and knowledgeable staff on hand to answer any questions.

Organized groups with 8 or more children, please schedule an appointment on our website or email juarez@wagnerfreeinstitute.org.

We are excited to welcome you back! In order to ensure a safe visit for everyone, we are continuing to require masks for visitors and you can order your tickets online in advance.


• Walk-in visitors are welcome. Advance ticket reservations are appreciated and will speed up your entry to the museum

•Although Philadelphia no longer requires masks indoors, for the safety of our many young visitors and our staff, we require masks for all visitors over age 2

• In addition to the museum, our historic lecture hall, the gift shop and restrooms are open to visitors

•There is no coat check or place to stow personal items – please travel light

• To protect the specimens and our historic interiors, photography is not allowed in the museum and food and drink are not permitted in the building.

• Please note, the museum is not air conditioned and there are no concessions. You may bring bottled water during hot weather.

Since its inception in 1855, the Wagner has been dedicated to offering free science education. In keeping with its original charter, admission is free—donations are suggested to ensure the future and quality of the programs. Your support helps us provide free education, not only through the museum, but through a wide range of free courses, lectures, field trips, and children’s science programs. Donations also assist us in caring for the museum and library collections and in preserving our wonderful building, which was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1990. To learn more about what we do, please visit the Wagner Free Institute of Science website.


Free (for free admission use WAGNERFREE code at check-out)

Suggested Donations


$5/person for college students & children

$0 - Wagner members (use WAGNERFRIEND code at check-out – we appreciate your support!)

For any questions, please email tickets@wagnerfreeinstitute.org or call 215-763-6529 x17.

If you would like to check your membership status or become a member, please email KellyT@wagnerfreeinstitute.org or call 215-763-6529 x11.

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Founded in 1855 in Philadelphia, 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.
Overhead view of the Wagner's exhibit hall. Photograph by Rob Cardillo
The Institute’s Museum houses more than 100,000 natural history specimens, a collection begun by founder William Wagner in the early 19th century and expanded by the renowned scientist Joseph Leidy in the 1880s.Completed in 1865, the Wagner’s National Historic Landmark building is essentially unchanged since the late 19th 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 typically open to visitors Tuesdays - Fridays, 9 AM to 4 PM but is currently closed because of COVID-19. In the meantime, we hope you'll join us online!

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