Wagner’s December 1st Saturday Open House Event: Art & Science of Shells

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Wagner’s December 1st Saturday Open House Event: Art & Science of Shells

December 3, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Explore the Wagner museum and the collections, and learn all about our beautifully illustrated collection of conchology books.

JOIN US FOR DECEMBER’S FIRST SATURDAY OPEN HOUSE: THE SCIENCE & ART OF HISTORIC CONCHOLOGY TEXTS

Explore the Wagner’s museum and library during December’s Open House!

The Exhibit Hall will be open for self-guided exploration of the natural history collection throughout the day. Rare books from the historic library collections will be on display. Come by and be wowed by what you see!

From 1 to 3pm, the Wagner’s Special Collections Librarian, Lynn Dorwaldt, will host a show and tell in the museum, showcasing the Wagner’s collection of rare conchology texts. She will discuss the changing history of collecting shells and the science of conchology as seen in these densely illustrated volumes published in the 17th-19th centuries. After seeing historic renderings of shells in these texts, find them in the Wagner’s museum with a scavenger hunt created just for this program.

Afterward, pick up the perfect holiday gift for natural history lovers of all ages in our museum shop!

THINGS TO KNOW FOR YOUR VISIT

• Walk-in visitors are welcome. Advance ticket reservations are appreciated and will speed up your entry to the museum

• Masks are recommended but not required

• There is no coat check or place to stow personal items – please travel light

• To protect the specimens and our historic interiors, photography is not allowed in the museum and food and drink are not permitted in the building.

A dream that keeps growing…

In 1855, William Wagner had a dream of providing free science education to anyone who wanted to learn, regardless of background or ability to pay. Today, the Wagner offers more programs to more people than ever before! Your support helps us provide free education, not only through the museum, but through a wide range of courses, lectures, field trips, and children’s science programs. Donations also assist us in caring for the museum and library collections and in preserving our wonderful building, which was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1990. To learn more about what we do please visit our website.

TICKET INFORMATION

In keeping with its original charter, admission is FREE—donations are suggested to ensure the future and quality of Wagner’s free education programs and to preserve its National Landmark building and collections.

Suggested Donations

$10/adult

$5/person for college students & children

For any questions, please email tickets@wagnerfreeinstitute.org or call 215-763-6529 x17.

If you would like to check your membership status or become a member, please email KellyT@wagnerfreeinstitute.org or call 215-763-6529 x11.

Venue

Wagner Free Institute of Science
1700 W Montgomery Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19121 United States