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Wagner’s June 1st Saturday Open House: Sleeping Worms, Nesting Turtles

June 3, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Learn about turtles, worms and science research plus explore the museum and the collection at our June Open House!


Sleeping Worms, Nesting Turtles

What can microscopic worms tell us about our need for sleep? How does turtle nesting behavior give insight into climate change and evolutionary adaptation? Do fish know what they look like?

Join us for this special Open House featuring professors and students from Saint Joseph’s University, our longtime partner in the GeoKids LINKS program for local schools. Through hands-on activities, live demonstrations and short talks in our Lecture Hall, they’ll share some of the interesting research they do in the field and in their labs.

The Exhibit Hall will be open for self-guided exploration of the natural history collection throughout the day. Explore our 100,000 natural history specimens, including ancient fossils, glowing minerals and animals from around the globe. Wander at your own pace or follow the path of one of our themed scavenger hunts. You can also pick up pencils and paper to draw from the specimens on display.

As always, there will be scavenger hunts and activities for families with children. We’ll also have resources and information about science research opportunities available across the city for budding scientists!

Museum open Noon to 4 PM

Talks @ 1, 2 & 3 PM – speakers to be announced soon.

Free admission to the museum and program; donations are encouraged!!

Things to Know Before Your Visit

• Walk-in visitors are welcome. Advance registration is 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.

•The Institute does not have a parking lot. Street parking on Montgomery Avenue and 17th Street is free and metered parking is available on Bouvier Street and Cecil B. Moore.

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.

Registration 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




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.


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