Wagner Free Institute of Science

Cause Area

  • Arts & Culture
  • Education & Literacy
  • Environment


1700 W. Montgomery AvenuePhiladelphia, PA 19121 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The Wagner Free Institute of Science is dedicated to providing free public education in science and the history of science. The mission is fulfilled by maintaining a historic natural history museum open to the public, by offering adult education courses, and by offering children's lessons and programs. In keeping with the Institute's Articles of Incorporation, all programs are offered free of charge. As a National Historic Landmark, the Institute is committed to the preservation of its historic building and collections and to providing education in the history and development of science in America.


The Wagner Free Institute of Science is an educational institution and historic 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--both children and adults. 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.


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