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Children's Education

Auditorium with Children circa 1900
Children in the Lecture Hall, 1907

The Wagner Institute offers a variety of free programs for educational groups including K-12 and college students, both within the institute and via outreach. Museum educators work with teachers to provide students with engaging, hands-on learning experiences in the museum and with our natural history specimens.


Onsite Programs

Museum Fieldtrips

Homeschool Fieldtrips

Children & Family Weekend Programs


Outreach Programs


SNAP (Science, Nature and Art in Philadelphia)



History & Mission

The Wagner Institute has offered educational programs for children since the turn of the last century. These programs aim to promote children’s interest in science by introducing them to the natural sciences at an early age. Because the Institute’s programs are available at no cost, they are a popular resource for groups throughout the city, especially those in its immediate neighborhood.