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Mission Statement

The Wagner Free Institute of Science is an educational institution and natural history museum dedicated to providing free education in science. Incorporated in 1855 by Philadelphia merchant and gentleman scientist, William Wagner, the Institute maintains nationally important museum and library collections that were assembled to teach science to the public. Its free public education courses on science, are the oldest program devoted to free adult education in the United States. With its designation as a National Historic Landmark in 1990, the Institute's mission was broadened to include preservation of the building and interpretation of the site as an unparalleled example of a Victorian science museum and educational institution. The Wagner Institute serves over 10,000 children every year through free field trips, and an intensive science outreach program, GeoKids, for children at four local elementary schools. The museum also hosts Family Open House programs that feature children's presentations appropriate for ages 6-12 that take place in the Victorian lecture hall, along with crafts and scavenger hunts throughout the museum.

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The Wagner Free Institute of Science is an educational institution and natural history museum dedicated to providing free education in science. Incorporated in 1855 by Philadelphia merchant and gentleman scientist, William Wagner, the Institute maintains nationally important museum and library collections that were assembled to teach science to the public. Its free public education courses on science, are the oldest program devoted to free adult education in the United States. With its designation as a National Historic Landmark in 1990, the Institute's mission was broadened to include preservation of the building and interpretation of the site as an unparalleled example of a Victorian science museum and educational institution. The Wagner Institute serves over 10,000 children every year through free field trips, and an intensive science outreach program, GeoKids, for children at four local elementary schools. The museum also hosts Family Open House programs that feature children's presentations appropriate for ages 6-12 that take place in the Victorian lecture hall, along with crafts and scavenger hunts throughout the museum.

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