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The Academy Takes Flight at the Airport

Looking at 'The Academy Takes Flight' at the Philadelphia Airport

June 14, 2012

In celebration of the Academy’s Bicentennial, Philadelphia International Airport is offering travelers a rare glimpse into the museum’s world-renowned collections.

From now through November, travelers can enjoy The Academy Takes Flight, an interactive exhibit of rare, exotic and, in some cases, bizarre mounted birds representing the Ornithology Collection, among the 10 largest bird collections in the world. Push buttons activate birdcalls from six distinct species: the Lyrebird, Rufous Hornbill, Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo, Cooper’s Hawk, Great-horned Owl, and Laughing Kookaburra.

“This unique exhibit enables us to share some of this treasure with a worldwide audience and salute the Academy on its 200 years of exploring, preserving and cultivating an appreciation for the beauty and wonder of the natural world and its outstanding contributions to science,” said airport CEO Mark Gale.

The Academy Takes Flight is viewable to ticketed passengers between Terminals C and D.