Festivals and Special Events

Totally Turtles Weekend

Come out of your shell to celebrate all things turtle, tortoise, and terrapin! » More

Philadelphia Geek Awards

The Philadelphia Geek Awards honors outstanding achievements in Philadelphia's vibrant geek community. » More

visitor in the International Shell Market

Philadelphia Shell Show

Buy shells in the International Market, take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Malacology Collection, and view impressive shell displays. Free with museum admission. » More

Dinosaur Days

Explore the world of the dinosaurs as your examine real fossils up close, meet live birds, and talk with dinosaur experts. » More

All-Star Days

Some of the most popular features of the Academy are celebrated during this special week, each day with a different theme. » More

entomologist talk with museum visitors during Bug Fest

Bug Fest

Touch live bugs, meet entomologists, go on an insect walk, and taste creepy crawly cuisine. Free with museum admission. » More

Animal Mythology Weekend

Explore cryptozoology and discover the truth about the real animals that inspire mythical beasts from around the world. » More

Carnivore Capades

Explore the ways that meat-eaters are cool and special while you meet live animals and touch real specimens. » More


Hunt for real fossils, see rarely displayed museum specimens, and talk with paleontologists about their work. Free with museum admission. » More

crowd enjoying the 2011 Philadelphia Science Festival

Philadelphia Science Festival

The Philadelphia Science Festival is a city-wide collaboration showcasing science and technology. » More

animal superhero weekend

Animal Superhero Weekend

Find out how much the superheroes of the animal kingdom inspire the superheroes (and supervillains) of comic books and movies! » More

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