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Weeknights at the Wagner and adult courses are free to all and currently being held online. Watch past programs on the Wagner's YouTube channel here.

-- Upcoming Events--

Fall 2021 programs coming soon!


Save the Date!

A SIP OF SCIENCE, our annual benefit cocktail party Friday, November 12, 5:30 - 8:30 PM.

Join us for a night of festivities as we honor Dr. Kenneth Scott, and the Beech Companies, for unparalleled commitment and service to the people and places in our community.

Tickets ~ Sponsorship


-- Past Events--

*Weeknights at the Wagner*

Sustainable Environmental Adaptations Among the Ancient Maya of Central America

with Dr. Stanley Walling, Community College of Philadelphia & Center for Archaeological and Tropical Studies, University of Texas at Austin

Maya Archaeologist, Dr. Stanley Walling recounts his voyage of discovery regarding the complexity of everyday life among the ancient Maya and the sustainable ways they transformed their tropical forest environment. In particular, he will focus on how the humblest among them, primarily farmers, modified landscape and ancient natural water systems with previously unappreciated levels of sophistication that permitted this civilization to thrive for centuries.

Wednesday, July 7th, 2021 6:30-8 PM (Zoom)

*Weeknights at the Wagner*

Whale Seismology!

with Dr. William Wilcock, University of Washington

Large Whales are amongst the most captivating animals on Earth, but they are challenging to study because they are too big to hold in tanks, they spend most of their time underwater, and individuals can range over thousands of miles. In his talk, Dr. Wilcock will describe the origins of his own interest in whale seismology and discuss ongoing efforts to exploit extensive seismic data sets in the northeast Pacific and elsewhere for whale seismology.

Wednesday, July 21st, 2021 6:30-8 PM (Zoom)

*Weeknights at the Wagner*

Confronting Coastal Risk in an Age of Rising Sea Levels

with Dr. Robert Kopp, Rutgers University

Wednesday, December 16th, 2020 6:30 - 7:45 PM (Zoom)

*Weeknights at the Wagner*

Seeking Health at the Seashore

with Dr. Meggie Crnic, University of Pennsylvania

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020 6:30 - 7:45 PM (Zoom)

2020 Virtual Lantern Slide Salon

Highlighting digitized collections from the Library Company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, Swarthmore College Peace Collection, and Wagner Free Institute of Science.

Thursday, October 22nd, 2020 6:30 - 7:45 PM (Zoom)

*Weeknights at the Wagner*

Battling the Giant African Snail in Miami
with Dr. David Robinson, USDA APHIS

Wednesday, October 14th, 2020 6:30 - 7:45 PM (Zoom)

Concurrent Streams

For the Delaware River Festival, scientists and educators from the Wagner Free Institute of Science will be livestreaming and celebrating rivers from all over the city! Including: Cobbs Creek, John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, St. Joseph's University, and more! Come engage with us and learn all about the biodiversity of rivers and the impacts humans can have on it.

Register here for the Zoom link, or watch live on the Delaware River Festival's Facebook Page.

Saturday, October 3rd, 2020 2 - 4 PM (Zoom)

*Weeknights at the Wagner*

You Complete Me: A Symbiotic View of Life

with Dr. Scott Gilbert, Swarthmore University

Wednesday, September 30th, 2020 6:30 - 7:30 PM (Zoom)

Sip and Sketch in the Museum with artist Marguerita Hagan

Dive into the museum's sea life collection for an evening of guided illustration and refreshments, including a themed cocktail.

Tickets required: $25, $15 for members.

Thursday, February 27th, 2020 5:30 - 7:30 PM

Wagner's Winter Wonderland: Snowflakes and Stalactites

At this free family open house, learn the secrets and science of snowflakes and crystals! Activities include: live demo of molten bismuth turning into rainbow crystals, free mineral necklaces, crystal gem origami, snowflake and crystal scavenger hunts, and looking inside crystals with microscopes!

Saturday, February 8th, 2020 12 - 4 PM


-- On hold until further notice--

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.


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.