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Health & Safety: The Wagner is following the recommended CDC & Philadelphia Covid-19 guidelines to protect our visitors and staff. For the safety of everyone, we require that you wear masks, adhere to social distancing, and do not bring anyone who feels sick or unwell.

Access: Please note that stairs are unavoidable at the Wagner Free Institute of Science.

Arrival and Departure: Please be mindful of your arrival and departure times, as we have multiple groups visiting the museum in a single day and group space is limited. Due to limited staff, we ask that your group assemble prior to ringing the doorbell and that everyone depart at the same time.

Behavior: Students are expected to behave in a respectful manner when visiting and groups are expected to follow the rules set by the Museum Educator. Continuously disruptive groups or individuals will be asked to leave.

Cancellations: It is extremely important that you notify the Institute as soon as possible with cancellation information. Generally we book to capacity and keep a waiting list, so your prompt notification is imperative. Groups that fail to arrive without giving prior notice of cancellation will be charged a $25.00 late cancellation fee.

Chaperones: Please bring adult chaperones: 1 for every 5 children under eight years of age; 1 for every 10 children over eight years of age. NOTE: Counselors under 18 years old do not count as adult chaperones.

Eating Facilities: There are no eating facilities at the Wagner Free Institute. Food is not permitted in the building. If you must bring food, please keep it sealed in containers and bags while visiting. Places to eat are located nearby.

There is no water fountain at the Institute, so water bottles are recommended, especially on hot days. No other beverages are allowed, and water bottles are permitted on the ground floor only.

Museum Shop: While the museum shop is closed to our field trip groups, grab bags are available. Grab bags contain a variety of fun and educational science-related souvenirs, and MUST BE ORDERED IN ADVANCE!

Photography: Taking photos is strictly prohibited while at the Wagner Institute.

Weather: In case of extreme weather, it may be necessary to cancel a visit. We will do our best to reschedule any group that is forced to cancel under these circumstances.

The Wagner Free Institute can be quite hot during summer months as there is no air-conditioning. In case of extreme heat, the staff will notify a visiting group about the state of the building and let the group leader determine whether or not the group will visit that day. Group leaders should be prepared to leave early if students become too uncomfortable.

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