The Wagner

Ever been to the Wagner Institute in philadelphia? You need to go right now. Step away from the computer. Grab your coat and get on a bus. I will be doing the same and will meet you there tomorrow afternoon at 1pm. (I'll be dressed like a crazy lady from the forties, so you should't have a hard time finding me.)

the wagner free institute
The Wagner is a natural history museum of sorts, dating back to 1855. The displays have remained virtually untouched. Hand written labels. Bugs, moths, mammals, minerals. I died.

the wagner free institute
No photos allowed inside, so i poached these from the Wagner's flickr. A hearty thanks to my dear Haylie for recommending. And to Sarah for getting me out of town. And to Nicolette for driving. It takes a village.


23 comments:

  1. I just love these! Anything tidy and labeled in the neat 1800's writing sends me!

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  2. wow looks so fascinating (and kind of creepy)... i will have to check out!

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  3. Check out that handwriting! I <3 Philadelphia!

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  4. Amazing! I need to go!

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  5. ditto that... wish I was close enough to go see it too.

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  6. We have a Natural History Museum in Cincinnati, a very popular place.

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  7. Oooh beetles on sticks!

    Unfortunately I can't attend tomorrow as the local bus doesn't make it across the pond or I would be there...

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  8. Amy....if only I could grab a coat and get on a bus! Too far from OZ I'm afraid.....

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  9. Amy I am so happy you have fallen so hard for the Wagner Institute! Isn't it magic? You HAVE to attend a lecture, the auditorium is my favorite part (remember to look under the seats to see the old fashioned hat racks used for top hats!). I got the announcement for a lecture on Phosphorescence the other day, and I was sooooo sad that I couldn't make it! Have fun tomorrow.
    xo
    p.s. thanks for the tree help, i am headed out this evening to look!

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  10. oh my god i am in looovveeee with wagner. it's literally only a couple blocks from temple's campus (where i go to school) and it's the definition of a hidden gem. amid all the trash and crumpled buildings of north philly, wagner seems even more magical.

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  11. I'm so coming! (Except here in WI the snow is so bad, all the schools are closed...)
    I have never been, but I LOVE museums. :)

    Darling blog!

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  12. Man, that looks amazing! I don't know why I don't visit Philly more often, with the cheap buses and all... maybe in the new year.

    Did you get a chance to the Mutter Museum? It's terribly macabre--an antique collection of medical pathologies--but SO interesting.

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  13. Mutter Museum and Wagner Inst., here we come! Thanks, A, I'd never heard of this place....

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  14. Matthew you will LOVE the wagner. LOVE....

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  15. oh, ma'am- I've been there before- isn't it just brilliant?

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  16. Of so cute!

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  17. Cabinet of curiosities whose wealth always amaze my childish eyes.
    Immerse the thoughts in the strange beauty
    (hope that my english is in improvement...!)

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  18. Mlle d'enfer(t)...
    Your English is more beautiful and poetic than most Americans. You could teach us how to speak English!

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  19. Actually I never been to Museum before.

    Of course the best museum are just around, if you know where you looking.

    I would like to visit the Ole United States, one of these days and visit one of my online friend in Texas.
    Pretty long way just to get down there, one day by plane, two days by bus, two by train.
    hailing from north western ontario

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  20. i've gone there! it's just lovely.

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  21. Thank you! Now i'm red as a "pivoine". Poetry is also in every corner, every curve of the life, and the languages have marvellous and rich tastes. A word is a drawer of sensibility and emotion. A kind of music...

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  22. Mutter Museum and Wagner Inst., here we come! Thanks, A, I'd never heard of this place....

    Wagyu Steaks

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