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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  • Tiny Tots: Dino-rama

    Monday Aug 21 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: Marvelous Mammals

    Wednesday Aug 23 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: Paleontologist Playtime

    Monday Aug 28 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: Nature Rangers

    Wednesday Aug 30 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.
  • Parkway at 100 Celebration

    Friday Sep 8 4:00 PM-9:00 PM

    Enjoy free general admission as part of the Parkway at 100 Celebration!
  • Dino Drafts: The Academy Beer Garden

    Friday Sep 8 4:00 PM-10:00 PM

    12th St. Catering and the Academy of Natural Sciences are proud to announce the resurgence of Dino Drafts: The Academy Beer Garden, as part of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway’s centennial celebration!
  • Backyard Adventures Closing Weekend

    Saturday Sep 9 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    Celebrate all things ecology with a whole weekend of family fun as we say goodbye to Backyard Adventures!
  • Backyard Adventures Closing Weekend

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

    Celebrate all things ecology with a whole weekend of family fun as we say goodbye to Backyard Adventures!
  • The Philadelphia Shell Show

    Saturday Oct 28 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    Thousands of shells will be on display and for sale at the annual Philadelphia Shell Show, October 28–29, 2017, at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.
  • The Philadelphia Shell Show

    Sunday Oct 29 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    Thousands of shells will be on display and for sale at the annual Philadelphia Shell Show, October 28–29, 2017, at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.
Plan your visit, check out our new exhibits, and find out about upcoming activities.
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