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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  • The Richard Hopper Day Memorial Medal Award Presentation and Talk by Elizabeth Kolbert

    Wednesday Sep 21 6:30 PM-8:30 PM

    The Academy of Natural Sciences will award the Richard Hopper Day Memorial Medal to author Elizabeth Kolbert to recognize her outstanding contributions in interpreting natural science and making discoveries in natural history more accessible to the public.
  • Members' Night 2016

    Friday Sep 30 5:00 PM-9:00 PM

    Every year, the Academy  treats its members to a special evening during which they can meet our staff, see our collections, and experience the breadth and depth of work that takes place behind the scenes at the museum.
  • Wild Wizarding Weekend

    Friday Nov 25 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    Explore the magical world of the Academy’s phenomenal beasts with a weekend of spellbinding, hands-on activities! Meet the Academy’s own live beasts and learn about the real animals that inspire your favorite wizarding stories.
  • Wild Wizarding Weekend

    Saturday Nov 26 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    Explore the magical world of the Academy’s phenomenal beasts with a weekend of spellbinding, hands-on activities! Meet the Academy’s own live beasts and learn about the real animals that inspire your favorite wizarding stories.
  • Wild Wizarding Weekend

    Sunday Nov 27 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    Explore the magical world of the Academy’s phenomenal beasts with a weekend of spellbinding, hands-on activities! Meet the Academy’s own live beasts and learn about the real animals that inspire your favorite wizarding stories.
Plan your visit, check out our new exhibits, and find out about upcoming activities.
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