The Wagner Free Institute of Science  
Museum Education Library History News & Events Support Visitor Information Home
Upcoming Events

News & Events



Spring 2018

Wagner on the Weekend - Wagner's Winter Wonderland: The Ice Age

Explore our museum on a Saturday afternoon and enjoy free activities for all ages.

Saturday, February 10th, 2018, Noon-4 PM

Weeknights at the Wagner - Treading on Toxicity: The Science, History, & Implications of Philadelphia's Lead Soil Contamination with Cynthia Hall, West Chester University
Wednesday, February 28th, 6-7:30 PM 

Evening with an Expert - Minerals from Classic Local Mines with Ronald Sloto

Tuesday, March 13th, 5:30-7:30 PM

Tickets required; $30 ($20 for Wagner members)

This program is sold out.

Weeknights at the Wagner - Expedition to the End of the Earth: The Antarctic Peninsula Paleontology Project with Kerin Claeson, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Thursday, April 5 th, 6-7:30 PM 

Wagner on the Weekend - Be a Geologist!
Learn what it takes to work with rocks and minerals while browsing our collection and participating in activities with geologists. Part of the 2018 Philadelphia Science Festival.

Sunday, April 22nd, Noon-4 PM

Evening with an Expert - Deconstructing the Wagner: An Architectural Tour with Dr. Michael J. Lewis.

Thursday, April 26th, 5:30-8:00 PM

Tickets required; $40 ($25 for Wagner members)

This program is sold out.

Science on Tap - The Physics of Baseball with Wagner guest speaker Scott Paulson, James Madison University

Monday, May 14th, 6 PM at National Mechanics

Weeknights at the Wagner - Tiny Mysteries: Decoding the Wagner's 19th-Century Microphotographs with Byron Wolfe and Daniel Seth Kraus, Temple University
Thursday, May 17th, 6-7:30 PM

Annual Benefit - A Sip of Science 2018

Honoring Dr. Paul Offit, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and University of Pennsylvania
Friday, June 1st, 5:30-8:30 PM

Sponsorship opportunities and tickets are now available.

Fall 2017

Libations with Leidy - Happy Hour and Open House

Friday, September 8th, 5-7 PM

New Perspectives on Historic Collections - Research projects by the 2016-17 Temple-Wagner Humanities & Arts Fellows

Thursday, September 28th, presentations at 6 PM followed by a reception in the museum

Archives Month Philly - 5th Annual Lantern Slide Salon

Thursday, October 12th, 6-8 PM in the Wagner's historic lecture hall

Wagner on the Weekend - Raptors! A Spooky Creature Feature

Saturday, October 21st, 12-4 PM

Weeknights at the Wagner - Empire of the Living Dead: The Scientific History of Peruvian Mummies with Christopher Heaney, Pennsylvania State University

Wednesday, October 25th, 6-7:30 PM

Presented in partnership with the Consortium for History of Science, Technology, and Medicine.

Evening with an Expert - How Modern Research Illuminates Our Fossil Collection with Dr. Jason Downs, Delaware Valley University

Thursday, November 2nd, 5:30-7:30 PM

Tickets required; $30 ($20 for Wagner members)

Westbrook Free Lectureship - Dire Predictions: Understanding Climate Change with Dr. Michael E. Mann, Pennsylvania State University

Saturday, November 11, 1:00-5:30 PM

Lecture at 3:00 PM followed by the Annual Member Reception.

Reception is free for members, $10 for guests.

Weeknights at the Wagner - The Good, the Bad, and the Chemistry: Decoding Chemical Sensationalism with Dr. Michelle Francl, Bryn Mawr College

Wednesday, November 29th, 6-7:30 PM


Our National Historic Landmark building opened on May 11, 1865.

Learn about the history of our building when you visit with our

first scavenger hunt for adults.


Science on Tap - a monthly science café that features a brief, informal presentation by a scientist or other expert followed by lively conversation. Held at National Mechanics Bar and Restaurant.

Wagner Free Poetry - a project developed by poet CAConrad and the Wagner.