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Visiting the Wagner Free Institute of Science

Updated: May 13, 2024
 By Jenn H

The Wagner Free Institute of Science offers an experience into its Victorian collection with an interior that is nearly unchanged since the 1890s. Both the building and its exhibits are historic treasures in Philadelphia.

Directions to the Wagner Free Institute of Science:


1700 West Montgomery Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19121

By train: The Broad Street subway (Orange Line – local train only) stops at Temple University/Cecil B. Moore Avenue.

SEPTA: Bus Route 2 at the 16th Street and Montgomery Avenue stop


Tuesday - Friday, 9 AM - 4 PM

Closed on Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, New Year's Day, as well as a the day before/after both Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The museum is closed for one week in August for Summer Break.


The museum operates on a name your own price basis, just like our walking tours, with a suggested donation:

  • Adults: $10
  • Children: $5

Guided ToursWag

  • Adults: $15
  • Seniors: $10
  • Children: $5

View a presentation in the lecture hall where internationally known scientists such as Joseph Leidy, Edward Drinker Cope and Margaret Mead once taught, and a guided tour through the exhibit hall.

Tours are available by appointment Tuesdays through Fridays between 3 and 5 PM. To make a reservation, call 215-763-6529, ext. 17.

Education Programs

The Wagner Free Institute began with education programs led in the home of gentleman scientist William Wagner. The Institute continues this tradition with free education programs throughout the week. They offer college-level courses in the natural sciences, lectures and program - Events Calendar.

About The Author

Jenn H

Jenn is a born Jersey girl that grew up “across the Ben” but has Philly in her heart and history in her blood. She went to Washington & Jefferson College in the Pittsburgh area. Yes her college mascots were two guys in white wigs! Jenn came back to Philly to get her M.A. in Museum Studies. Happily worked at the city history museum but came outside for some fresh air as a tour guide. Jenn has been part of the FTBF team since March 2011.
Updated: May 13th, 2024
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