The Wagner Institute of Science

The Wagner Free Institute of Science is a rare survival—a museum and educational institution that remains nearly unchanged from the nineteenth century in both the arrangement of its specimens and in its mission. Its public courses in science represent the oldest program devoted to free adult education in the United States. In recognition of the importance of this free education mission and of its contributions to science education and research, the Institute was designated a National Historic Landmark by the United States Department of the Interior in December of 1990.

The Wagner offers a variety of FREE educational opportunities!

The evening talk series, WEEKNIGHTS AT THE WAGNER explores a variety of subjects related to science and the history of science and includes a lively Q&A with our expert speakers. First Saturday Open Houses are a great option for the whole family. In addition to getting to explore the museum on a weekend, Saturdays often have themes that include interactive activities and informational talks that are accessible to all ages. Other programs are held throughout the year, including the annual Lantern Slide Salon in October, which showcases lantern slides from the Wagner and other special collections in the region, and the annual Westbrook Free Lectureship typically held in the spring and followed by a reception in the upstairs museum.Free Programs are typically posted on Eventbrite where you can register ahead!

Wagner Institute of Science

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