Visit the Academy

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

 

Upcoming Events

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  • Tarantulas: Alive and Up Close Final Day

    Monday May 30 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    Join us for the closing day of Tarantulas: Alive and Up Close! Get up close to over 20 live spiders!
  • Totally Turtles Weekend

    Saturday Jun 4 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    Come out of your shell to celebrate all things turtle, tortoise, and terrapin! Discover how this amazing order of hard-shelled survivors lived in the past and thrives in the present.
  • Totally Turtles Weekend

    Sunday Jun 5 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    Come out of your shell to celebrate all things turtle, tortoise, and terrapin! Discover how this amazing order of hard-shelled survivors lived in the past and thrives in the present.
  • Dinosaurs Unearthed Opening Weekend

    Saturday Jun 25 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    Join us as we celebrate the opening of our newest exhibit, Dinosaurs Unearthed, with a weekend full of dino-rific activities! Featuring real fossils you can touch, live animal presentations, talks by dinosaur experts, and dino-themed crafts, our exciting kickoff event is fun for the whole family!
  • Dinosaurs Unearthed Opening Weekend

    Sunday Jun 26 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    Join us as we celebrate the opening of our newest exhibit, Dinosaurs Unearthed, with a weekend full of dino-rific activities! Featuring real fossils you can touch, live animal presentations, talks by dinosaur experts, and dino-themed crafts, our exciting kickoff event is fun for the whole family!
  • Opening Day: Presidential Archives: Letters, Hair, and Fossils

    Friday Jul 1 10:00 AM-4:30 PM

    Join us for the opening day of our special Presidential Archives exhibit!
  • Academy Explorers Summer Camp: Ooey Gooey Science (July 5-8)

    Tuesday Jul 5 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

    Get your hands dirty, slimy, and even ooey gooey! Create your own slime, hold touchable bubbles, squish sudsy goop, and design your very own lava lamp.
  • Tiny Tots: Ooey Gooey Science

    Wednesday Jul 6 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

    Calling all kids 3–5 years old! Along with your favorite adult, join us in exploring nature through songs, games, hands-on fun, and museum adventures. An appropriate snack is provided.
  • Broad to Schuylkill

    Saturday Jul 9 1:00 PM-5:00 PM

    Join the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University and the Wagner Free Institute of Science on July 9 for Broad to Schuylkill, a competitive cultural scavenger hunt.
  • Academy Explorers Summer Camp: Bizarre Animals (July 11–15)

    Monday Jul 11 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

    Discover what yellow spikes, gigantic eyes, and purple skin have in common. Uncover how jaw-dropping features and exaggerated adaptations help animal oddballs survive in the wild.
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