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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  • 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 Scavenger Hunt

    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.
  • Tiny Tots: Amazing Animals

    Wednesday Jul 13 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.
  • Tiny Tots: Dinosaur Planet

    Wednesday Jul 20 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.
  • Academy Explorers Summer Camp: The Art of Science (July 25–29)

    Monday Jul 25 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

    Learn that the greatest scientists were artists too! Observe Academy works held in our collection from contemporary to up-and-coming artists. Create your very own scientific work of art to display inside the museum too!
  • Tiny Tots: Color Laboratory

    Wednesday Jul 27 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.
  • Voting With the Ballot Box Turtle

    Thursday Jul 28 3:00 PM-4:00 PM

    Let the box turtle’s “voice” be heard! At a very special story time, celebrate our role in the political process by watching the Ballot Box Turtle “vote” for its favorite fruits and veggies. During an interactive presentation, help bring the box turtle out of its shell by educating yourself on the turtle’s most important issues.
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