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  • Academy of Natural Sciences' Town Square Series
    Academy Town Square Series
  • owl by Mike Servedio/ANS
    The barn owl is just one of the magical beasts to behold at Wild Wizarding Weekend, Nov. 25-27.
    Photo by Mike Servedio/ANS
  • Magic Professor owl. Photo by Mike Servedio/ANS
    Abracadabra! The Academy of Natural Sciences conjures up magical beasts at Wild Wizarding Weekend, Nov. 25-27.
    Photo by Mike Servedio/ANS
  • Mom pets bug. Photo by Meredith Dolan/ANS
    Hands-on activities are fun for all ages at Bug Fest.
    Credit: Meredith Dolan/ANS
  • Girl pets bug. Photo by Meredith Dolan/ANS
    Close encounters with live insects, like this Lubber grasshopper, are a thrill at Bug Fest.
    Credit: Meredith Dolan/ANS
  • Girl and specimens. Photo by Meredith Dolan/ANS
    Getting a close look at insect specimens from the Academy’s collection.
    Credit: Meredith Dolan/ANS
  • Roach Race 500. Photo by Meredith Dolan/ANS
    The Roach Race 500 is always a hit at Bug Fest.
    Credit: Meredith Dolan/ANS
  • Dad, son eating cricket cookies. Photo by Meredith Dolan/ANS
    Sampling a chocolate chip cookie with crickets: um, um good. Bug Fest takes place Aug. 13 and 14 at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.
    Credit: Meredith Dolan/ANS
  • boy holding cookie. By Meredith Dolan/ANS
    Sampling a chocolate chip cookie with crickets: um, um good. Bug Fest takes place Aug. 13 and 14 at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.
    Credit: Meredith Dolan/ANS
  • big bug with dad and girl. Photo by Meredith Dolan/ANS
    Examining live insects up close at Bug Fest.
    Credit: Meredith Dolan/ANS
  • boy with giant clam shell
    Ocean Fest Featuring the Philadelphia Shell Show means hands on fun for the whole family, Oct. 18 and 19.
    Credit: ANSP
  • Shell Show
    Amazing shells from around the world can be seen at the Philadelphia Shell Show and Festival.
    Credit: Conrad Erb
  • Shell Show
    Visitors can take a behind-the-scenes tour to see the Academy’s world-renowned shell collection at the Philadelphia Shell Show and Festival
    Credit: ANSP
  • Shell Show
    Hands-on activities for children at the Philadelphia Shell Show and Festival
    Credit: ANSP

  • Collecting insects during Academy Explorers Camp.
    Credit: Hollie Barattolo/ANSP
  • Educator and boy. Photo by Mike Long
    Unlocking the secrets of nature with an Academy educator.
    Photo by Mike Long
  • kids touch snake. Photo by Mike Long
    A close encounter with a live snake at camp.
    Photo by Mike Long

Audubon Page Turning

Hollie Powers Holt, a John James Audubon researcher from FineAntiquePrints.com of Wayne, Pa., carefully turns a page of The Birds of America at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.

Safari Overnight


  • Safari Overnight .
    Credit: Katie O. Clark/ANSP

  • Safari Overnight.
    Credit: Katie O. Clark/ANSP

  • Safari Overnight.
    Credit: ANSP
  • sleeping under T. rex. Photo by Jeff Fusco 
    Safari Overnight features a night of fun and adventure.
    Photo by Jeff Fusco

Behind-the-Scenes Tours

  • Behind-the-scenes tour of shell collection. Photo by Jeff Fusco
    Groups can take a behind-the-scenes tours of the specimen collections, including here in the Malacology Collection.
    Photo by Jeff Fusco.
  • Behind-the-scenes tour of bird collection. Photo by Jeff Fusco
    A behind-the-scenes look at bird specimens in the Ornithology Collection.
    Photo by Jeff Fusco
  • Behind-the-scenes tour of Herpetology Collection. Photo by Jeff Fusco
    Preserved specimens in the Herpetology Collection include reptiles from around the world dating back to before the 1800s.
    Photo by Jeff Fusco
  • Behind-the-scenes tour of Herpetology Collection. Photo by Jeff Fusco
    A huge bat is among thousands of specimens preserved in jars at the Academy.
    Photo by Jeff Fusco
  • shell collection. Photo by Jeff Fusco
    The Malacology Collection contains 10 million shells from all over the world.
    Photo by Jeff Fusco

Hands-on Learning


  • A close-up look at a fish specimen from the Academy’s world-renowned Ichthyology Collection
    Credit: Brandon Zimmerman

  • Hands-on science is fun for both adults and kids
    Credit: ANSP

  • Credit: Kelly & Massa Photography
  • Group with fossil. Photo by Jeff Fusco
    Academy educators bring fossils to life for visitors.
    Photo by Jeff Fusco
  • Girls with fossils. Photo by Jeff Fusco
    Academy fossils offer endless hands-on fun and learning.
    Photo by Jeff Fusco
  • cart of curiosity. Photo by Jeff Fusco
    The Cart of Curiosity offers fossils to explore and a magnified view for detailed study.
    Photo by Jeff Fusco
  • examining skulls. Photo by Jeff Fusco
    Animal skulls spice up a lesson on early life forms.
    Photo by Jeff Fusco

Live Animal Encounters

  • educator w bird and visitors. By Jeff Fusco
    Live animals are a way to connect museum visitors with nature.
    Photo by Jeff Fusco
  • iguana with visitors. Photo by Jeff Fusco
    An iguana greets visitors to North American Hall.
    Photo by Jeff Fusco.
  • snake and kids. Photo by Jeff Fusco
    Live animals serve as ambassadors to the wild.
    Jeff Fusco/Visit Philly
  • Cockatoo. Photo by Mike Servedio/ANS
    A hallway encounter with a cockatoo provides an opportunity to talk about birds.
    Photo by Mike Servedio/ANS
  • girl, naturalist and hedgehog. By Mike Servedio/ANS
    Meet live animals daily in our Outside In exhibit.
    Photo by Mike Servedio/ANS
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