Thursday, October 25, 2018

Evening with an Expert

Reptiles & Amphibians: Both Dead and Alive

an in-depth tour with Dr. Scott McRobert

Tour starts promptly at 6:00

Doors open at 5:30 for a wine and cheese reception

Snapping Turtle from Chester Co., PA. Collected by Wagner curator Charles W. Johnson in 1893. On display in museum case 18B.

Experience our reptile and amphibian collection in he company of a herpetologist. Join us on Thursday, October 25 for Dr. Scott McRobert's in-depth tour of our taxidermied turtles, salamanders, and snakes. Plus, you'll get the opportunity to see some living incarnations of our historic specimens - and, of course, you'll enjoy wine and cheese as you listen.

“Reptiles & Amphibians: Both Dead and Alive” with Scott McRobert

Thursday, October 25

Wine and cheese reception at 5:30 p.m.

Tour at 6 p.m.


Tour is limited to 25 participants.

Cost: $35; $20 for members*

(Become a member here)

Purchase tickets online here:

You do not need a PayPal account to purchase tickets online.

General $35
  Members $20

Call Alison Hansen-Decelles at 215-763-6529 x11 to purchase tickets

over the phone.

Our Evening with an Expert series highlights the original purpose of the Wagner museum—to stand as a complement to the lectures and courses, so that students could explore scientific principles by examining real specimens in the presence of a guide or professor. Our Evening with an Expert series brings in local scholars to guide small groups of people through specific areas of our collection. Now, just as in the 1890s, you can explore the collections in the company of an expert.  

About the Expert: Scott McRobert is a professor of biology at Saint Joseph's University (SJU). At SJU, he runs the Biodiversity Lab, which houses hundreds of rare and exotic species, many of which are listed as threatened, endangered, or critically endangered. Dr. McRobert has studied the conservation of diamondback terrapins, the effects of climate change on tropical frogs, the social behavior of fish, and the impact of sleep deprivation on the sexual behavior of fruit flies. He has published more than 80 journal articles and his work has been profiled in Science, Nature, and the Inquirer as well as on 60 Minutes. He is also part of the GeoKids LINKS partnership between the Wagner and SJU, bringing hands-on science to children at North Philadelphia schools.


*Refund policy: If you cancel up until a week before the event, you will be refunded tour price minus a $5.00 processing fee. The week before the event, no refunds will be issued for cancellations.








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