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This gallery gives visitors an overview of the history of The Museum's founder and first director, Levi Mengel. 

Levi Mengel was a noted explorer, scientist, renowned collector, and naturalist. After graduating from Reading High School in 1886, he apprenticed at his father's law practice and quickly learned, it was not for him and his curious mind. He went on to pursue a degree from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and received his degree in 1891. 

After practicing pharmacy for a short time, he joined the staff of the Acadamy of Narual Sciences in Philadelphia where he ultimately worked as an entomologist on the expedition of Admiral Robert E. Peary to West Greenland in June, 1891, which began his collection. From insects to fine art, Mengel collected it all. 

We hope to see you at The Museum soon to learn more about Mengel and his collection. 


Hear about The Museum by Levi Mengel himself!




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