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1700 West Montgomery Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19121
Telephone: 215-763-6529
Email: info@wagnerfreeinstitute.org

HOURS

Museum:
Tuesday - Friday, 9 AM - 4 PM
Weekend programs (also see our Upcoming Events page)

HOLIDAY HOURS

The Institute will be closed on the following days:

Memorial Day- Closed Monday, May 27, 2013

Independence Day- Closed Thursday, July 4, 2013

Summer Break and Labor Day - Closed Monday, August 19 - Monday, September 2, 2013

Thanksgiving-  Closed Wednesday, November 27 at 12 PM - Sunday, December 1, 2013

Christmas-  Closed Monday, December 23 - Thursday, December 26, 2013

New Year's Day-  Closed Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Library:
Monday - Friday, 9 AM - 4 PM. Appointment required, contact the Librarian at

215-763-6529 x12 or library@wagnerfreeinstitute.org

Programs:
Adult courses Weekday evenings, 6:30 - 9 PM & Saturday mornings


Children’s lessons:

Tuesday - Friday, 9 AM - 4 PM. Reservation required, contact the Children's Education department at 215-763-6529 x17 or reservations@wagnerfreeinstitute.org

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.

Office:
Monday - Friday, 9 AM - 5 PM

Closed National Holidays

ADMISSION
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 $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. 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.

RESEARCH APPOINTMENTS
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: photorequest@wagnerfreeinstitute.org or call 215-763-6529 x14.

ACCESSIBILITY
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.

MUSEUM SHOP
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.


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