Visit the Academy

At the Academy of Natural Sciences, you can wander among towering dinosaur skeletons or discover an indoor tropical butterfly garden. Explore ecosystems from around the world through our historic dioramas or be transported to the great outdoors through our hands-on discovery center for children. Visit our Special Exhibits Gallery for our newest exhibit, or watch scientists at work in Science Live or our Fossil Prep Lab. There’s always something new happening at the Academy—plan your visit today!


scientist and girl check out insect specimens

Museum Activities

Meet live animals, see science in action, or watch us turn the page on Audubon's birds.

Check out our Museum Activities

skeletal mount of Tyrannosaurus in Dinosaur Hall

Signature Exhibits

See how big you are next to Tyrannosaurus rex, walk among live butterflies, or get up close and personal with a polar bear.

Check out our Permanent Exhibits

 

Upcoming Events

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  • Scientist Saturday: Chelsea Smith and Elizabeth Mchone

    Saturday Jan 20 1:00 PM-4:00 PM

    Meet Botany graduate students Liz McHone and Chelsea Smith. McHone and Smith study milkweeds, a beautiful group of plants that are consumed by numerous interesting insects including Monarch butterflies!
  • Super Science Cyber School Day Featuring WXPN's Robert Drake

    Tuesday Jan 23 10:00 AM-4:00 PM

    Super Science Cyber School Day Featuring WXPN Producer Robert Drake. During National School Choice Week.
  • Access to Science: Opening Doors to Autism

    Saturday Feb 3 9:00 AM-11:00 AM

    Children on the autism spectrum and their families are invited to experience the museum before the crowds.
  • Crocs Opening Weekend

    Saturday Feb 3 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    Join us for the opening weekend of our new exhibit, Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World!
  • Crocs Opening Weekend

    Sunday Feb 4 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    Join us for the opening weekend of our new exhibit, Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World!
  • Door 19: The Mating Game

    Thursday Feb 8 6:00 PM-9:00 PM

    Knock 3.14159 times on Door 19 for admission to an oddly charming evening that will forever change how you think about science. Curated for the curious, Door 19 is quirky science meets themed soiree, set against a backdrop of live performances, music, potent libations, and dinosaurs.
  • Night in the Museum with Special Guest Star: Crocs

    Saturday and Sunday Feb 10 & 11 6:30 PM-9:00 AM

    Overnights with a big overbite!! Enjoy all the great activities of our Night in the Museum programs and get a chance to see what the special stars of our special exhibit Crocs are up to after the sun goes down. It’s sure to be a night with these nocturnal critters that you won’t soon forget!
  • Night in the Museum with Special Guest Star: Crocs

    Saturday and Sunday Mar 17 & 18 6:30 PM-9:00 AM

    Overnights with a big overbite!! Enjoy all the great activities of our Night in the Museum programs and get a chance to see what the special stars of our special exhibit Crocs are up to after the sun goes down. It’s sure to be a night with these nocturnal critters that you won’t soon forget!
  • Night in the Museum with Special Guest Star: Crocs

    Saturday and Sunday Apr 21 & 22 6:30 PM-9:00 AM

    Overnights with a big overbite!! Enjoy all the great activities of our Night in the Museum programs and get a chance to see what the special stars of our special exhibit Crocs are up to after the sun goes down. It’s sure to be a night with these nocturnal critters that you won’t soon forget!
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