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Fall 2018

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

View our fall evening courses here.

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


Winter/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.


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.