Bird case in the Wagner’s exhibition hall. Photo by David Graham.
The "Weeknights at the Wagner" program will present new perspectives on the museum's collection, through the eyes of guest curators. This Thursday, Joanna Ebenstein, curator and creative director of the Morbid Anatomy blog, library, and museum, and Evan Michelson, co-owner of Obscura Antiques and a star of the Science Channel's show Oddities, will curate an exclusive collection of their favorite Wagner specimens in an illustrated presentation. A Q&A with Joanna, Evan and Susan Glassman, director of the Wagner Free Institute of Science, will follow the talk. Tickets to the presentation are free. Registration is encouraged.
After the program, the Wagner's Annual Members Reception will take place upstairs in the museum. Guests are welcome to attend the reception. Tickets for non-members are $10.
This program is part of Specimen Stories, an ongoing Center-supported project to explore new approaches to interpreting Wagner's collections. With original displays that date back to the 19th century and more than 100,000 natural science specimens in its collections, the Wagner Free Institute of Science is a Victorian time capsule. Specimen Stories assesses the value and success of creative interpretive approaches with and for young adults—the Wagner's fastest growing audience in recent years.