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.