The Wagner Free Institute of Science in Philadelphia, is a natural history museum and educational institution that is dedicated to providing free public education in the sciences.
It was founded by William Wagner in 1855 and it is a rare surviving example of a Victorian era scientific society. It houses a collection of natural history specimens, including mounted birds and mammals, fossils, rocks and minerals, insects, shells, dinosaur bones, and the first American saber-toothed tiger, discovered on a museum-sponsored excavation in New Jersey.
The museum welcomes visitors of all ages to learn about topics including seashells, dinosaurs, snowflakes, poison, garden science, and the popular lantern slide lectures. The Wagner Institute’s 19th-century exhibit hall is a extraordinary collection of natural history specimens. .
The museum also provides free lectures and tours, and is a popular destination for school groups and families.  The Wagner Free Institute of Science also has a library, research center, and educational facilities. . It also provides an open house on the first Saturday of every month with a different theme. .
Besides, it’s a great for visitors to get involved in supporting the Institute by supporting the Annual Appeal, which ends January 15th, which will play a vital role in keeping Wagner programs free and preserving our historic building collections. Plus your gift will be matched by our board – doubling your impact! Click to Give Now. .
The Wagner Free Institute of Science is also featured in the Visit Philadelphia Attraction, and it’s been voted as the “Best Free Museum” in the USA Today 10Best Readers Choice Awards . It’s definitely a Science Lover’s Paradise that should be visited by anyone interested in natural history, science, and education.