Wagner Free Institute of Science

The Wagner Free Institute of Science’s nineteenth century exhibit hall—a soaring three-story space—houses a remarkable collection of natural history. Established in 1855 by William Wagner, the institute is a one of the few remaining examples of a Victorian era scientific society. The institute features a museum, research center, library, and educational facilities. In the museum, groups will see specimens such as mammals, fossils, rocks, insects, shells, dinosaur bones, and the first American saber-toothed tiger, which was discovered on a museum-sponsored expedition to Florida in the 1880s. Educational programs are available for students, homeschoolers, scouts, and camp groups.

contact info

Hrs: Tues.-Fri. 9AM-4PM.

School

Educational programs at the Wagner Free Institute of Science include interactive lessons, hands-on activities with real scientific specimens, and a scavenger hunt in the museum. Younger learners can learn about baby animals, nocturnal life, dinosaurs, and the categorization of life. Students in second grade and up can learn about animal adaptation, food chains, evolution, ocean life, rocks and minerals, and urban ecology. College groups can explore the museum on a self-guided tour, learn about the history of the institute, or customize a field trip that suits their needs. Field trips must be reserved three to four weeks in advance.

supports classroom learning in:
Science.

topics covered:
Biology, life science, insects, arthropods, mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, pollination, skeletons, human body, animal science, nocturnal life, dinosaurs, animal adaptations, food chains, evolution, ocean life, rocks, minerals, urban ecology.

contact info
Name: Museum Educator
Phone: 215-763-6529 ext. 17

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: All Grades Group Size: Varies. Program Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Activities, Self-Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 35 minutes-2 hours. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 5:1, 10:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 5:1, 10:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 5:1, 10:1. Registration: Online, Phone, Email. Cost: Fee, Free

Science Museum Lesson Plan

There are a wide variety of science museums out there. From archaeological artifacts to galactic adventures in museum planetarium domes, there’s something for just about everyone!

Many science museums offer interactive experiences for youth groups such as labs and simulated space missions. Find a science museum with offerings that align with your curriculum goals for a field trip that’ll be worth while.

Put on those lab coats and goggles! Students step into the shoes of scientists. Gear up for an exploration of science and all it has to offer.

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Wagner Free Institute of Science

The Wagner Free Institute of Science’s nineteenth century exhibit hall—a soaring three-story space—houses a remarkable collection of natural history. Established in 1855 by William Wagner, the institute is a one of the few remaining examples of a Victorian era scientific society. The institute features a museum, research center, library, and educational facilities. In the museum, groups will see specimens such as mammals, fossils, rocks, insects, shells, dinosaur bones, and the first American saber-toothed tiger, which was discovered on a museum-sponsored expedition to Florida in the 1880s. Educational programs are available for students, homeschoolers, scouts, and camp groups.

contact info

Hrs: Tues.-Fri. 9AM-4PM.

Scouts

Scout groups can participate in the geology program at the Wagner Institute of Science fulfill the requirements for Geology badges. Activities include a scavenger hunt, a tour of the geology collection, and more. The institute has geology belt loops and pins available for purchase in the gift shop. Scouts can be accommodated on Mondays by appointment (subject to availability).

supports scout badges in:
Science.

topics covered:
Geology, earth science, rocks, minerals.

contact info
Name: Museum Educator
Phone: 215-763-6529 ext. 17

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: All Grades Group Size: 10 minimum. Program Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Activities, Self-Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 2 hours. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies. Registration: Phone, Email. Cost: Fee

Science Museum Lesson Plan

There are a wide variety of science museums out there. From archaeological artifacts to galactic adventures in museum planetarium domes, there’s something for just about everyone!

Many science museums offer interactive experiences for youth groups such as labs and simulated space missions. Find a science museum with offerings that align with your curriculum goals for a field trip that’ll be worth while.

Put on those lab coats and goggles! Students step into the shoes of scientists. Gear up for an exploration of science and all it has to offer.

View Lesson Plan>>

Wagner Free Institute of Science

The Wagner Free Institute of Science’s nineteenth century exhibit hall—a soaring three-story space—houses a remarkable collection of natural history. Established in 1855 by William Wagner, the institute is a one of the few remaining examples of a Victorian era scientific society. The institute features a museum, research center, library, and educational facilities. In the museum, groups will see specimens such as mammals, fossils, rocks, insects, shells, dinosaur bones, and the first American saber-toothed tiger, which was discovered on a museum-sponsored expedition to Florida in the 1880s. Educational programs are available for students, homeschoolers, scouts, and camp groups.

contact info

Hrs: Tues.-Fri. 9AM-4PM.

Camp

Summer camp groups can participate in educational programs at the Wagner Free Institute of Science, which include interactive lessons, hands-on activities with real scientific specimens, and museum scavenger hunts. Younger campers can learn about baby animals, nocturnal life, dinosaurs, and the categorization of life. Campers in second grade and up can learn about animal adaptation, food chains, evolution, ocean life, rocks and minerals, and urban ecology. Field trips must be reserved three to four weeks ahead.

contact info
Name: Museum Educator
Phone: 215-763-6529 ext. 17

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: All Grades Group Size: Varies. Program Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Activities, Self-Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 35 minutes-2 hours. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 5:1, 10:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 5:1, 10:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 5:1, 10:1. Registration: Online, Phone, Email. Cost: Fee, Free

Science Museum Lesson Plan

There are a wide variety of science museums out there. From archaeological artifacts to galactic adventures in museum planetarium domes, there’s something for just about everyone!

Many science museums offer interactive experiences for youth groups such as labs and simulated space missions. Find a science museum with offerings that align with your curriculum goals for a field trip that’ll be worth while.

Put on those lab coats and goggles! Students step into the shoes of scientists. Gear up for an exploration of science and all it has to offer.

View Lesson Plan>>

Wagner Free Institute of Science

The Wagner Free Institute of Science’s nineteenth century exhibit hall—a soaring three-story space—houses a remarkable collection of natural history. Established in 1855 by William Wagner, the institute is a one of the few remaining examples of a Victorian era scientific society. The institute features a museum, research center, library, and educational facilities. In the museum, groups will see specimens such as mammals, fossils, rocks, insects, shells, dinosaur bones, and the first American saber-toothed tiger, which was discovered on a museum-sponsored expedition to Florida in the 1880s. Educational programs are available for students, homeschoolers, scouts, and camp groups.

contact info

Hrs: Tues.-Fri. 9AM-4PM.

Homeschool

Homeschool groups can participate in a variety of program offerings throughout the year. Programs include a hands-on, skills-based lesson in the 19th-century lecture hall, scavenger hunts, and more. Lessons take place on Friday mornings at 10AM, and focus on mammals, fossils, rocks, and other topics. Reservations are required and operate on a rolling basis.

topics covered:
Earth science, geology, minerals, rocks, dinosaurs, fossils, Mesozoic era, mammals, animal adaptations.

contact info
Name: Museum Educator
Phone: 215-763-6529 ext. 17

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: All Grades Group Size: 9 maximum. Program Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 1.5 hours. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies. Registration: Phone, Email. Cost: Fee, Free

Science Museum Lesson Plan

There are a wide variety of science museums out there. From archaeological artifacts to galactic adventures in museum planetarium domes, there’s something for just about everyone!

Many science museums offer interactive experiences for youth groups such as labs and simulated space missions. Find a science museum with offerings that align with your curriculum goals for a field trip that’ll be worth while.

Put on those lab coats and goggles! Students step into the shoes of scientists. Gear up for an exploration of science and all it has to offer.

View Lesson Plan>>

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