WOWgner is More Like It!

WOWgner is More Like It!

Exploring Philadelphia Museums
The Wagner is like no other museum I have visited in Philadelphia so far. Founded by William Wagner in the 1850s, the 150-year-old building in Northern Philadelphia is home to the Wagner Free Institute of Science. William Wagner sought to create an institution that would provide free and accessible education for Philadelphia’s working-class adults. The current Wagner Free Institute of Science still looks almost exactly as I did when William Wagner died in 1885 and still creates programming for accessible education. The institution has been described as a “museum of a museum” and walking through the door can feel like stepping back in history. In fact, the museum has received National Historic Landmark status and works to preserve the building and collection to their late nineteenth century status. [caption id="attachment_178"…
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