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Science On Tap - Water-to-Land: Put Your Back into It
With Wagner guest speaker Aja Carter, paleontology Ph.D. student at the University of Pennsylvania.
Monday, July 8th, 6 - 7 PM at National Mechanics bar
Free Family Open House - 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing
Celebrate the 1969 moon landing, lunar science, and space exploration with crafts and games at this evening open house. Free water ice on a first come, first serve basis!
Thursday, July 18, 4 - 7 PM
Science On Tap, Untapped - Pick Your Poison
Hear toxic tales from scientists, historians, and museum professionals at this special edition of Science On Tap.
Monday, August 12th, 6 - 8 PM at the Mutter Museum
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 PhillyH2O.org
Wednesday, March 20th, 6 - 7:30 PM
Thursday, April 18th, 6 - 7:30 PM
Special Tour - The Evolution of Evolution: A Guided Tour through the History of an Idea
Join us for a special after hours tour through our 19th century exhibit hall that explores the history of the theory of evolution, a theory that has shaped both science and society.
Tickets required: $15; $12 for members/seniors/students.
Friday, April 26th, 4 - 6 PM; tour sarts at 4:15.
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
Evening with an Expert - Seashells: Around the World and Back Again
with Paul Callomon, the Academy of Natural Sciences.
Tickets required: $35 for non-members, $20 for members.
Thursday, May 2nd, 5:30-7:30 PM
Weeknights at the Wagner - Battered, Beated and Bruised: Case Studies in Forensic Anthropology with Dr. Janet Monge, Curator-in-Charge and Keeper of the Skeletal Collections at the Penn Museum.
Thursday, May 16th, 6 - 7:30 PM
A Sip of Science - Annual Benefit Cocktail Party
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.
Thursday, June 6th, 5:30-8:30 PM
To sponsor the party, please click here
A special thanks to our Gold (Au79) level sponsor:
Philip E. Lian and Joan L. Mueller
Special Tour - Evolution of Evolution Museum Tour
Join us for an after-hours exploration of the history of evolution in the Wagner's museum. Then enjoy evolution-themed snacks and a specialty cocktail as we reflect on how evolution remains part of our lives today.
Tickets required: $25; $20 for members/seniors/students.
Thursday, June 13th, 5:50-7:30 PM
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.