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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  • Animal Superhero Weekend

    Saturday Apr 1 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No—it’s Animal Superhero Weekend!
  • Night in the Museum

    Saturday and Sunday Apr 1 & 2 6:30 PM-9:00 AM

    Experience the Academy’s towering dinosaurs—including T. rex—after dark! Your action-packed night at the museum barely leaves room for shut-eye.
  • Animal Superhero Weekend

    Sunday Apr 2 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No—it’s Animal Superhero Weekend!
  • Philadelphia Science Festival: Science After Hours: Prom

    Friday Apr 21 7:00 PM-10:00 PM

    The wildly successful celebration for the 21+ crowd is back, this year with a prom theme! Academy malacologist Nasreen Phillips will be sharing what it’s like to look after millions of mollusks at an interactive table. Meet a variety of live terrestrial snails and slugs from the Academy’s Malacology Collection.
  • Philadelphia Science Festival: Neighborhood Science After School

    Monday Apr 24 3:30 PM-5:30 PM

    What better way to celebrate science than in your own backyard? Join the Philadelphia Science Festival at your neighborhood library after school for a celebration of science exploration!
  • Philadelphia Science Festival: Science on Tap Untapped: Scientific Malarkey

    Monday Apr 24 6:00 PM-8:00 PM

    Join the Academy of Natural Sciences, Chemical Heritage Foundation, American Philosophical Society, Wagner Institute of Science, the Mütter Museum, and National Mechanics for a special PSF Science on Tap that will explore debunked theories that were once accepted as reality in the scientific world.
  • Philadelphia Science Festival: Fake Out: The Science of Deception

    Tuesday Apr 25 6:30 PM-9:00 PM

    See if you can determine fact from fiction in this engaging program all about the science of deception. Go behind the scenes of the world’s most convincing tricks as you uncover the secret science behind artificial sweeteners, animal mimicry, artistic forgeries, and more!
  • Philadelphia Science Festival: Science Storytime

    Wednesday Apr 26 10:30 AM-12:30 PM

    A lifelong love of science starts with a spark! At Science Storytime, youngsters will begin to develop an inquisitive approach to the world through movement, dance, and joint discoveries. Read, ask questions, and celebrate creative thinking as you begin to ignite the spark of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) in your child.
  • Philadelphia Science Festival: Science Carnival at Penn’s Landing

    Saturday Apr 29 10:00 AM-4:00 PM

    We’re joining 100 other exhibitors for this free carnival, which includes family-friendly experiments, activities, games, and a packed lineup of live entertainment.
  • The Cheryl Beth Silverman Memorial Lecture - Richard Prum

    Wednesday May 10 6:30 PM-8:00 PM

    Join us for our annual Cheryl Beth Silverman Memorial Lecture featuring Richard Prum, a professor of Ornithology at Yale, a MacArthur Fellow, and the author of the forthcoming new book The Evolution of Beauty: How Darwin’s Forgotten Theory of Mate Choice Shapes the Animal World — And Us.
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