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Winter and Spring 2019

Details and registration for events will be updated as they become available.

View our winter and spring evening courses here.

Wagner on the Weekend - Wagner's Winter Wonderland: Groundhog Day

How long is winter going to last this year? Can groundhogs accurately predict the weather? Come to our free family open house to find out!

Saturday, February 2nd, 12 - 4 PM

Historical Perspectives on Contemporary Issues
- Rewriting the Story of Girls’ Education in STEM: Past Through Present

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

Is the story of American girls’ and women’s access to science and math education a direct path from exclusion to inclusion? This conversation between historian Kim Tolley, D.Ed. and educational researcher Natalie King, Ph.D., will take you from the 1800s through the present.

Thursday, March 7th, 6 - 7:30 PM

Weeknights at the Wagner - From Stream to Sewer: A History of Philadelphia's Landscape with Adam Levine, Philadelphia Water Department and

RESCHEDULED DATES: Wednesday, March 20th & Thursday, April 18th, 6 - 7:30 PM

Wagner on the Weekend -  Be an Ornithologist!

Last year, you learned how to be a geologist. This year, for the Philadelphia Science Festival, come to the Wagner to explore the winged world of ornithology! The Philadelphia Discovery Center and Philadelphia Metro Wildlife Center will both be onsite with a variety of birds. You can also make your own binoculars, bird feeders, and bird nests!

Sunday, April 28th, 12 - 4 PM

A Sip of Science - Annual Benefit Cocktail Party - Thursday, June 6th, 5:30-8:30 PM

Join us for a night of festivities as we honor ROBERT McCRACKEN PECK—author, naturalist, and historian of science—of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. 

For details about Mr. Peck and A Sip of Science, please click here

To become an early sponsor, please click here



Fall 2018

Museums of the 21st Century - Public Lecture with Nana Oforiatta Ayim and Vashti DuBois

Presented with Philadelphia Contemporary

Nana Oforiatta Ayim and Vashti DuBois will present their visions for the future of museums and discuss their potential for evaluating post-colonial heritage. Moderated by Nato Thompson and supported by the Open Society Foundation.

Thursday, September 13th, 6 - 7:30 PM, followed by reception

Weeknights at the Wagner - What the Nose Knows: Using Dogs for Odor Detection Research with Jennifer Essler, Penn Vet Working Dog Center

Thursday, September 27th, 6 - 7:30 PM

Wagner on the Weekend - Community Science Day: Harvest Festival

Enjoy science education activities for all ages with Wagner staff and partners in the Wagner's museum and yard! Learn about this special time of year when the leaves change color and the crops are ready to be harvested.

Saturday, October 6th, 12 - 4 PM

Archives Month Philly - 2018 Philadelphia Lantern Slide Salon

Wednesday, October 17th, 6 - 8 PM in the Wagner's historic lecture hall

Evening with an Expert - Reptiles and Amphibians: Both Dead and Alive with Scott McRobert, Saint Joseph's University

Tickets required: $35 for non-members, $20 for members.

Thursday, October 25, 5:30 - 7:30 PM

Weeknights at the Wagner - Planted Bodies: Science and Marketing in Philadelphia's Rural Cemeteries with Aaron Wunsch, University of Pennsylvania

Thursday, November 1st, 6 - 7:30 PM

Annual Westbrook Free Lecture - Tracing Neutrinos Through the Cosmos by Dr. Naoko Kurahashi Neilson, Drexel University

Dr. Neilson is an assistant professor of physics at Drexel University and member of the IceCube Lab collaboration, a high-energy neutrino telescope at the Earth's South Pole. The lecture will be followed by our annual member reception, which is free for members and $10 for non-members.

Saturday, November 10th, 3 PM

Museum open 1 - 3PM, lecture at 3 PM, member reception follows lecture

Science on Tap - Blowing Up Glaciers (Just a Bit!) with Wagner guest speaker Atsuhiro Muto of Temple University's Earth and Environmental Science department

Monday, November 12th, 6 - 7 PM at National Mechanics bar

Glass Lantern Slide Presentation - William Rau's Philadelphia

A special program with the Oliver Evans Society for Industrial Archaeology (SIA) and the Philadelphia Chapter Society of Architectural Historians (SAH).

Advance registration required: $15 for members of SIA, SAH, the Wagner Free Institute of Science and their guests, $20 for all others.

Wednesday, December 5th, 6 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.