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Visit the Wagner Exhibit Hall (Weekday 12-4:30pm)

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Wagner Free Institute of Science

1700 West Montgomery Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19121

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Welcome Back to the museum!

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After more than a year, the museum of the Wagner Free Institute of Science is open again to the public!

Come visit the Wagner and see our historic museum collections, including rocks, fossils, taxidermy animals, and skeletons. We will have scavenger hunts to assist your self-guided museum experience.

We are excited to welcome you back! In order to ensure a safe visit for everyone, we have put in place new registration procedures and protocols.

Here are some things to know before your visit:

• We are instituting timed-entry – advance registration is strongly encouraged

• We are limiting the number of visitors in the museum at one time

• Masks are required for all visitors over age 2

• The restrooms, gift shop and other areas of the building are not open

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

In accordance with federal, state and city guidelines, we have reduced capacity for visitors and ask that you get tickets online ahead of time so that we can space out visitor arrival times. We will allow visitors to enter every 15 minutes.

Suggested Covid Fee for Tickets (all proceeds go toward supporting our education programs and preserving our historic collections):

$10 per person

$5 for members, college students, & children (use WAGNER50 in check out)

You may choose to reserve a free ticket with the code WAGNERFREE if a donation is a barrier to your visit. 

Any questions please email reservations@wagnerfreeinstitute.org or call (215) 763-6529 ext17.

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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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