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Spring 2016 Evening Courses

Wagner on the Weekend - Saturday, February 6, Noon-4 PM

Wagner's Winter Wonderland

Weeknights at the Wagner - Thursday, February 18, Lecture at 6:00 PM

When Bugs Outsmart Drugs: The Effects of America's Antibiotic Obsession

with Dr. William Wuest, Temple University.

2016 Westbrook Free Lectureship - Saturday, March 19, 1:30-5:30, Lecture at 3:00 PM

Natural History Collections: The Newest Biological Frontier with Dr. Kristofer Helgen, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

Reception to follow lecture in museum.

Weeknights at the Wagner - Thursday, April 7, Lecture at 6:00 PM

The Biology of Bedtime with Dr. Amita Sehgal, University of Pennsylvania.

Wagner on the Weekend - Sunday, April 24, Noon-4 PM

Symmetry, Sequence, and Starfish: Exploring Math in Nature

A 2016 Philadelphia Science Festival Explorer Sunday program.

Special Weeknight Event - Wednesday, April 27, 6:00-8:00 PM

Science Expo 1866 - Travel back in time to examine Philadelphia’s cutting edge science that changed the world. A 2016 Philadelphia Science Festival event hosted by the Wagner Free Institute of Science.

Weeknights at the Wagner - Thursday, May 19, Lecture at 6:00 PM

How to See Science: A Media History with Dr. Oliver Gaycken, University of Maryland.

Followed by the Annual Wagner Member Reception at 7:30 PM in the museum.


Our building opened 150 years ago 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.