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Philadelphia Geek Awards

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    The fourth annual Philadelphia Geek Awards on Saturday, Aug. 16, honor and celebrate Philadelphia’s bustling geek culture.
    Credit: Clever Girl Photo

All About Birds Weekend

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    Jacquie Genovese holds Benny, our Moluccan Cockatoo, at a fun and informative live animal presentation.
    Credit: Michael Long

Bugfest

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    The theme of this year’s Bug Fest is “beauty and the bug,” and there will be plenty of both at this festival, Aug. 9 and 10.
    Credit: Will Klein/ANSP

  • Hundreds of live bugs, like this giant beetle, will be greeting visitors at Bug Fest, Aug. 9 and 10.
    Credit: Michael Long
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    Bug Fest, Aug. 9 and 10, features encounters with live insects of all kinds.
    Credit: Will Klein

Free Museum Visits

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    Andrea Robinson engages school children with a live Madagascar hissing cockroach.
    Credit: Michael Servedio
  • Cuisine from the Collections
    Cuisine From the Collections features foods inspired by the Academy’s specimen collections.
    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

Live Animal Shows


  • Examine a barn owl up close
    Credit: ANSP

  • Touch a live turtle and learn about its habitat.
    Credit: Nic D'Amico

  • Get up close to giant insects.
    Credit: Michael Long
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    Academy Paleontologist Ted Daeschler at Paleopalooza shows off some of the Devonian Age fossils he collected.
    Credit: Kelly & Massa Photography

  • Visitors to Paleopalooza enjoy touching a real fossil with the help of Academy Vertebrate Paleontology Collection Manager Ned Gilmore.
    Credit: Will Klein

Academy Explorers Camp


  • Collecting insects during Academy Explorers Camp.
    Credit: Hollie Barattolo/ANSP

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


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    Credit: Katie O. Clark/ANSP

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

  • Safari Overnight.
    Credit: ANSP

Behind-the-Scenes Tours


  • A behind-the-scenes group tour features close-up access to the Academy’s world-renowned collections like these insect specimens.
    Credit: Conrad Erb

Mega-Bad Movie Night


  • Mega-Bad Movie Night offers all kinds of entertainment, including Academy Malacology Collection Manager Paul Callomon dressing the part of a movie character and offering commentary on an entertaining sci fi flick.
    Credit: ANSP

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
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