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Educators work on dinosaur fossils

Fossil Prep Lab

See Paleontology in action! Look on as Academy staff prepare fossils for study by scientists. Our preparers can inform you of their current projects and are available to answer questions. More.

Educator with bird

Naturalist Shows

Weekdays: 2:30 p.m. Weekends: 11 am & 2:30 pm

Join our teacher-naturalists as they explore natural history in these informal and interactive presentations involving live animals and/or museum specimens. More.


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

 

Events

  • Wild Wizarding Weekend

    Friday, November 23, 2018

    10:00 AM-8:00 PM

    The Academy of Natural Sciences 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19103

    • Everyone

    Explore the magical world of the Academy’s phenomenal beasts with a weekend of spellbinding, hands-on activities! Meet the Academy’s own live beasts and learn about the real animals that inspire your favorite wizarding stories.

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  • Dragons After Dark

    Friday, November 23, 2018

    4:00 PM-8:00 PM

    The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19103

    • Everyone

    Join us for Dinos After Dark and enjoy pay-what-you-wish admission, family activities and the Dino Drafts Beer Garden in Dinosaur Hall!   

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  • Wild Wizarding Weekend

    Saturday, November 24, 2018

    10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19103

    • Everyone

    Explore the magical world of the Academy’s phenomenal beasts with a weekend of spellbinding, hands-on activities! Meet the Academy’s own live beasts and learn about the real animals that inspire your favorite wizarding stories.

    Read More
  • Wild Wizarding Weekend

    Sunday, November 25, 2018

    10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19103

    • Everyone

    Explore the magical world of the Academy’s phenomenal beasts with a weekend of spellbinding, hands-on activities! Meet the Academy’s own live beasts and learn about the real animals that inspire your favorite wizarding stories.

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  • Xtreme Science Days

    Thursday, December 27, 2018

    10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19103

    • Everyone

    Get Xtreme at the Academy this winter! Make super slime to take home, collect wild specimens on an enormous scale and taste the hottest hot sauce and the crunchiest bugs.

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  • Xtreme Science Days

    Friday, December 28, 2018

    10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19103

    • Everyone

    Get Xtreme at the Academy this winter! Make super slime to take home, collect wild specimens on an enormous scale and taste the hottest hot sauce and the crunchiest bugs.

    Read More
  • Xtreme Science Days

    Saturday, December 29, 2018

    10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19103

    • Everyone

    Get Xtreme at the Academy this winter! Make super slime to take home, collect wild specimens on an enormous scale and taste the hottest hot sauce and the crunchiest bugs.

    Read More
  • Xtreme Science Days

    Sunday, December 30, 2018

    10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19103

    • Everyone

    Get Xtreme at the Academy this winter! Make super slime to take home, collect wild specimens on an enormous scale and taste the hottest hot sauce and the crunchiest bugs.

    Read More
  • Xtreme Bugs Closing Weekend

    Saturday, January 19, 2019

    10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    The Academy of Natural Sciences 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19103

    • Everyone

    Come face-to-feet with nearly 20 massive, colorful, moving bugs! From a fluttering oversized monarch butterfly and a fluffy tri-colored bumblebee to a gigantic Madagascar hissing cockroach and a blood-sucking bed bug, these towering animatronics tell a rarely seen story of the behaviors and intricacies of extreme bugs.

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  • Xtreme Bugs Closing Weekend

    Sunday, January 20, 2019

    10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    The Academy of Natural Sciences 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19103

    • Everyone

    Come face-to-feet with nearly 20 massive, colorful, moving bugs! From a fluttering oversized monarch butterfly and a fluffy tri-colored bumblebee to a gigantic Madagascar hissing cockroach and a blood-sucking bed bug, these towering animatronics tell a rarely seen story of the behaviors and intricacies of extreme bugs.

    Read More
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