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Wagner Free Institute of Science

Indoor Free
Natural History Museums, School Trip, Educational, Historical, Special Needs
1700 W Montgomery Ave, Philadelphia, PA
URL: Wagner Free Institute of Science...  Phone: 215-763-6529

Activity Overview

In the 1850's, William Wagner created this natural history and science museum as a free means of educating the public. His mission continues today with science classes offered for all ages onsite and access to a vast collection of natural history specimens throughout the museum.

Set in a Victorian-era building that is a National Historic Landmark in its own right, visitors will observe stuffed birds and animals, insects, skeletons, minerals, fossils, shells and much more.

Things to Do

  • Don't miss the stuffed, saber-toothed tiger, the first one found in America and also the Brontosaurus skeleton that's way in the back.
  • Make an appointment to visit the library, which contains numerous manuscripts, maps, prints, photographs, drawings, and archives relating to a range of scientific disciplines.
  • Adults can participate in college-level courses taught by Philadelphia-based professors and offered Monday to Friday evenings and Saturday mornings.
  • Children's lessons can be made by appointment.

Wagner Free Institute of Science Insider Tips

  • Handicap accessibility is limited due to the historic building's age.
  • A donation of $8 is suggested for museum visitors.
  • Guided tours are $15 for adults, $10 for members of the Institute and senior citizens, and $5 for children.

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