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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

  • Scientist Saturday: Cloud Forests of Costa Rica

    Saturday, April 20, 2019

    1:00 PM-4:00 PM

    The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University 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 from 1 to 4 p.m.

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  • Earth Day

    Monday, April 22, 2019

    10:00 AM-4:30 PM

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

    • Everyone

    11 a.m.: Earth Day Story Time with Marty the Moose

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  • Environmental Forum: Philadelphia City Council At-Large Candidates

    Wednesday, April 24, 2019

    6:00 PM-8:30 PM

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

    • Everyone

    There’s a crowded field of candidates running for Philadelphia City Council At-Large in the May 21 primary election. Major environmental issues impacting Philadelphians include climate change, stormwater management, sustainability and public transportation. Find out where each candidate stands on these hot-button issues that involve climate justice, flood control, air quality and more.

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  • Dinos After Dark

    Friday, April 26, 2019

    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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  • Academy Town Square: Cold Hard Science in Antarctica: A Paleontology Adventure

    Tuesday, April 30, 2019

    6:30 PM-8:00 PM

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

    • Everyone

    What’s it like to dig for fossils in one of the most inhospitable places on earth? Academy Curator of Paleontology Ted Daeschler recently returned from his second action-packed expedition to Antarctica in search of Devonian-age fish.

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  • Philadelphia Science Fesival Carnival - Pay-What-You-Wish Admission

    Saturday, May 4, 2019

    10:00 AM-5:00 PM

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

    • Everyone

    On Saturday, May 4, admission to the Academy of Natural Sciences is pay what you wish in celebration of the Philadelphia Science Festival Science Carnival!

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  • Global Warming as an Opportunity

    Wednesday, May 8, 2019

    6:00 PM-7:00 PM

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

    • Everyone

    Join us for the Cheryl Beth Silverman Memorial Lecture: Global Warming as an Opportunity Featuring Raymond Najjar, professor of oceanography, The Pennsylvania State University.

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  • Video Game Weekend

    Saturday, May 18, 2019

    10:00 AM-5:00 PM

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

    • Everyone

    Plug in the console, grab your controller and step up to the screen for an innovative new experience at the Academy.

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  • Video Game Weekend

    Sunday, May 19, 2019

    10:00 AM-5:00 PM

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

    • Everyone

    Plug in the console, grab your controller and step up to the screen for an innovative new experience at the Academy.

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  • Mythic Creatures Closing Weekend

    Saturday, June 8, 2019

    10:00 AM-5:00 PM

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

    • Everyone

    Join us for the closing weekend of our Mythic Creatures exhibit!

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