Best of Philly

2016 Hidden Gem Museum

The Wagner Free Institute of Science

A stone’s throw from Temple’s main campus, this 19th-century museum is often overlooked for seemingly mightier institutions (i.e., the Barnes), but its awe-inspiring architecture and vast array of fossils, taxidermies and skeletons, plus a particularly heebie-jeebies-inducing bug collection, make it worth a visit. Did we mention it’s free?

1700 West Montgomery Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19121; 215-763-6529;