The Magical Mushroom: How a Little Spore Can Save the World

Friday, May 2, 2014

5:30 - 8:30 PM, doors open at 5 PM

5:30-7:00 - Lecture
7:00-8:30 - Reception

An evening with mycologist Paul Stamets at the Wagner Free Institute of Science

Can mushrooms save the world?

Famed mycologist Paul Stamets thinks so! Join us for a rare chance to see Paul on the east coast give a talk about the amazing potential of mushrooms to help save our plant and improve human health.

Following the talk Paul will sell and sign his books and there will be a reception featuring appetizers made with mushrooms from local farms and beer brewed with shiitake mushrooms. Meet local mushroom farmers, buy mushroom kits and create spore prints. A temporary exhibit will be unveiled showcasing 19th century papier-mâché mushroom models, never before on public display, from the Wagner collection. After the talk, the reception will be held outside. The museum and exhibit of papier-mâché mushroom models will be accesible to everyone who attends the program.

Tickets are limited and reservations are required.
Reserve your tickets

Lecture + reception: $15 - SOLD OUT
Lecture only: $10, Wagner members: $8 (lecture 5:30-7:00 PM)
Members should contact Pat Warner, Assistant Director, to receive the discount code: or 215-763-6529 x 11

There will be a cash bar for beer and wine.

The Wagner Institute is located at 1700 West Montgomery Avenue. For directions and parking information, click here.

The Wagner will be closed to the public on Friday, May 2 before the program begins to prepare for the talk. Doors will open at 5 PM.

Special thanks to...

Chef Andrew Wood of Russet Restaurant who is donating his time and skills to prepare appetizers for the reception.

Local farms that are providing a variety of mushrooms for the reception:

Primordia Farm
Shibumi Farm
Woodland Jewel Mushrooms

Tired Hands Brewing Company who is donating shiitake-brewed beer.

Common Market, Whole Foods Market Callowhill and
Fair Food Farmstand for food donations.

The 2014 Philadelphia Science Festival is a citywide collaboration that brings together nine exciting days, April 25-May 3, filled with events that showcase science and technology in everyday life. Part of a national movement to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers, it builds on Philadelphia's rich history of innovation with more than 100 events and 175 partner organizations around the Philadelphia area. Learn more at

The Festival is funded in-part by the National Science Foundation and presented by The Dow Chemical Company.




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