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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

  • Academy Summer Camp: The World of T. rex

    Friday, July 20, 2018

    9:00 AM-4:00 PM

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

    • Everyone

    Determine what life was really like 65 million years ago. Design your own Paleozoic park, unearth real fossils, and determine how animals survived when dinosaurs ruled the earth.

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  • Animal Training and Husbandry: Beginner

    Friday, July 20, 2018

    9:30 AM-3:30 PM

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

    • Everyone

    Get a hands-on animal care experience during this one-of-a-kind program.

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  • Scientist Saturday - Pyroentomology

    Saturday, July 21, 2018

    10:00 AM-1:00 PM

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

    • Everyone

    Discover current research and meet real scientists at Scientist Saturdays. See hands-on demonstrations of scientists’ exciting research and ask all the questions you want.

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  • Messy Marvelous Mixtures

    Saturday, July 21, 2018

    1:00 PM-5:00 PM

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

    • Everyone

    Make a mess with science as you investigate different mixtures. From slimy soap to playdough, we’ll learn about the science behind making these concoctions as we measure, scoop, and stir.

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  • Messy Marvelous Mixtures

    Sunday, July 22, 2018

    1:00 PM-5:00 PM

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

    • Everyone

    Make a mess with science as you investigate different mixtures. From slimy soap to playdough, we’ll learn about the science behind making these concoctions as we measure, scoop, and stir.

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  • Academy Summer Camp: Scales and Tails

    Monday, July 23, 2018

    9:00 AM-4:00 PM

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

    • Everyone

    Investigate what goes into the care of different reptiles, mammals, birds, and invertebrates. Meet live animals up-close, create toys and treats for our parrots, and go behind the scenes in the Academy's own Live Animal Center!

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  • Animal Training and Husbandry: Advanced

    Monday, July 23, 2018

    9:30 AM-3:30 PM

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

    • Everyone

    Get a hands-on animal care experience during this one-of-a-kind program.

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  • Mondays with Marty

    Monday, July 23, 2018

    1:00 PM-2:00 PM

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

    • Everyone

    Marty the Moose loves nothing more than a story time spent entertaining the crowds with his terrible jokes and goofy sense of humor. Join Marty and his favorite humans to hear a special story and meet a live animal.

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  • Messy Marvelous Mixtures

    Saturday, July 28, 2018

    1:00 PM-5:00 PM

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

    • Everyone

    Make a mess with science as you investigate different mixtures. From slimy soap to playdough, we’ll learn about the science behind making these concoctions as we measure, scoop, and stir.

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  • Messy Marvelous Mixtures

    Sunday, July 29, 2018

    1:00 PM-5:00 PM

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

    • Everyone

    Make a mess with science as you investigate different mixtures. From slimy soap to playdough, we’ll learn about the science behind making these concoctions as we measure, scoop, and stir.

    Read More
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