Wagner Free Institute of Science
1700 West Montgomery Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19121
215-763-6529 or Email
Tuesday - Friday, 9 AM - 4 PM
Weekend programs (also see our Upcoming Events page)
The Institute will be closed on the following days:
Memorial Day- Closed Monday, May 30, 2016
Independence Day- Closed Monday, July 4, 2016
Summer Break (2 weeks) - Closed Monday, August 15 - Friday, August 26, 2016
Labor Day - Closed Monday, September 5, 2016
Thanksgiving- Closed Wednesday, November 23 - Friday, November 25, 2016
Christmas- Closed Thursday, December 22 - Monday, December 26, 2016
New Year's Day- Closed Monday, January 2, 2017
Monday - Friday, 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM. Appointment required
Email the Librarian or call 215-763-6529 x12
Adult courses Weekday evenings, 6:30 - 9 PM & Saturday mornings
Tuesday - Friday, 9 AM - 4 PM. Reservation required
Email Children's Education or call 215-763-6529 x17
Sketching from the Collection - Artists and Art Teachers:
Artists are always welcome to sketch from the Wagner Institute's collection. Due to an increase in the number of visiting artists, the Institute has reserved Fridays from 1PM - 4 PM, as open studio time for artists. Other visiting student groups will not be scheduled at this time. No reservations are necessary. Only dry media may be used in the museum such as pencil, charcoal, etc. Sketchbooks are not to exceed 18x24 inches. For questions or more information, please call 215-763-6529 x17.
Monday - Friday, 9 AM - 5 PM
Closed National Holidays
The Institute is committed to its mission of making scientific information and resources available to a wide audience. Admission to all education programs is free of charge. A donation of $10 for adults and $5 for children is suggested for museum visitors. Guided tours are $15 for adults, $10 for members of the Institute and senior citizens, and $5 for children. Call for group rates. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
EDUCATION AND TOUR PROGRAMS
Reservations are required for all group visits. To schedule a children’s lesson or field trip visit, call the children’s education department at 215-763-6529 x17. To schedule a guided tour, art class or other group visit, please contact 215-763-6529 x17.
The library and archive collections are open to researchers during regular hours by appointment. To make a reservation, call the Librarian at 215-763-6529 x12.
The museum collections are also available to researchers. Hours of access vary from regular museum hours. Visit the museum page for more information or call 215-763-6529 x14.
PHOTOGRAPHY/RIGHTS AND REPRODUCTIONS
Filming and photography are not permitted in the Institute. Exceptions are made for researchers, the press and other professionals on a limited basis. To inquire about these policies Email Photo Requests or call 215-763-6529 x14.
The Institute endeavors to make its programs and collections available to all. However, it occupies its original building, which is little altered since the turn of the last century. Its status as a National Historic Landmark prohibits making significant changes to the structure. The exhibit hall occupies the second story of the building and is reached by a single flight of stairs; there is no elevator. The first story, including the library and lecture hall, are more easily accessible. A slide tour and interpretive program is available for visitors who cannot navigate the stairs. In addition, sign interpretation is available for some special programs. Visitors should contact the education department staff for more information about these services.
The Wagner’s museum shop reflects its collections. Here you’ll find natural objects like trilobites and ammonites, geodes, amethysts and other minerals, starfish and seashells, and a wide selection of nature guides, posters, mobiles, and magnets. The shop is open during regular museum hours and for special programs.