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Wagner Free Institute of Science

1700 West Montgomery Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19121
215-763-6529 or Email


Tuesday - Friday, 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

The 1st Saturday of every month, 12 - 4 PM

Click here to schedule your visit!



The Institute will be closed on the following days:

Memorial Day- Monday, May 30, 2022

Independence Day- Monday, July 4, 2022

Labor Day - Monday, September 5, 2022

Sip of Science 2021 - TBD

Thanksgiving-  Wednesday, November 23 - Friday, November 25, 2022

Christmas -  Thursday, December 22 - Monday, December 26, 2022

New Year's Day -  Monday, January 2, 2023

Monday - Friday, 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM. Appointment required

Email the Librarian or call 215-763-6529 x12

Programs: (many programs are currently being offered online)

Adult courses and lectures:

Weekday evenings, 6:30 - 9 PM (schedule and information to register here.)

Children’s Groups (school trips, homeschool lessons, summer camps, scout visits):

Tuesday - Friday, 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM. Reservation required

Email Children's Education or call 215-763-6529 x17

College Groups:

Tuesday - Friday, 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM. Reservation required

Email Museum Education or call 215-763-6529 x17

Other Group and Adult Tours:

Tuesday - Friday, 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM. Reservation required

Email Visitor Services

Sketching from the Collection - Artists and Art Teachers:

Artists are always welcome to sketch from the Wagner Institute's collection. Due to an increase in the number of visiting artists, the Institute has reserved Fridays from 1PM - 4 PM, as open studio time for artists. Other visiting student groups will not be scheduled at this time. No reservations are necessary. Only dry media may be used in the museum such as pencil, charcoal, etc. Sketchbooks are not to exceed 18x24 inches. For questions or more information, please call 215-763-6529 x17.

Monday - Friday, 9 AM - 5 PM

Closed National Holidays

The Institute is committed to its mission of making scientific information and resources available to a wide audience. Admission to the museum and all education programs is free of charge. A donation of $10 for adults and $5 for children is suggested for museum visitors. Guided tours are $15 for adults, $10 for members of the Institute and senior citizens, and $5 for children. Call for group rates. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Reservations are required for all group visits. To schedule a field trip visit for school children or college students, please contact Children's Education. To schedule a guided tour for adults, please contact Visitor Services.

The library and archive collections are open to researchers during regular hours by appointment. To make a reservation, call the Librarian at 215-763-6529 x12.

The museum collections are also available to researchers. Hours of access vary from regular museum hours. Visit the museum page for more information or call 215-763-6529 x14.


Filming and photography are not permitted in the Institute. Exceptions are made for researchers, the press, and other professionals on a limited basis. To inquire about these policies Email Photo Requests or call 215-763-6529 x14.

The Institute endeavors to make its programs and collections available to all. However, it occupies its original building, which is little altered since the turn of the last century. Its status as a National Historic Landmark prohibits making significant changes to the structure. The exhibit hall occupies the second story of the building and is reached by a single flight of stairs; there is no elevator. The first story, including the library and lecture hall, are more easily accessible. A slide tour and interpretive program is available for visitors who cannot navigate the stairs. In addition, sign interpretation is available for some special programs. Visitors should contact the education department staff for more information about these services.

The Wagner’s museum shop reflects its collections. Here you’ll find natural objects like trilobites and ammonites, geodes, amethysts and other minerals, starfish and seashells, and a wide selection of nature guides, posters, mobiles, and magnets. The shop is open during regular museum hours and for special programs.