Take a tour—and taste a trilobite—at this after-hours exploration of the history of evolution in the Wagner’s museum. The thousands of specimens in the Wagner’s collection each have a story. On the Evolution of Evolution Museum Tour, learn how the skull of a saber-toothed cat, the skeleton of an English draft horse, and a series of mounted primates each tell a story about how science shapes—and is shaped by--society.

As we walk among 19th-century cases and historic specimens, we’ll discuss the history of the scientific understanding of extinction, natural selection, and human evolution and the ways these ideas spark hopes and fears about change. Learn why our exhibit hall has its specific arrangement, and how it reflects changing conceptions of the natural world in the 19th and 20th centuries. 

After the tour, join us for light refreshments and a conversation. As we enjoy evolution-themed snacks and a specialty cocktail, we’ll reflect on how evolution—from dinosaur bones to high school textbooks to 23andMe—remains part of our lives today.


  • Occurred Thursday, June 13th, 2019 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm


Wagner Free Institute of Science

1700 W. Montgomery Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19121

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