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!

Our Butterflies! exhibit will be closed September 2-26 while we make improvements to the space. We apologize for any inconvenience.


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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  • Dreadnoughtus Day

    Saturday Sep 20 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    Join the Academy on Saturday, September 20, for a day featuring Dreadnoughtus schrani, one of the most complete titanosaurs ever discovered. Lead paleontologist Ken Lacovara, PhD, of Drexel University will be at the museum to meet with visitors and show off fossils from this 65-ton supermassive dinosaur. He will give a talk about this gigantic discovery in our auditorium at 11 a.m.
  • Chocolate: The Exhibition Opening Weekend

    Saturday Oct 11 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    Celebrate the opening of Chocolate: The Exhibition with a weekend devoted to the delicious science behind your favorite dessert. Discover how chocolate goes from the tree to your table, and learn about the amazing animals and plants that make the sweet possible.
  • Chocolate: The Exhibition Opening Weekend

    Sunday Oct 12 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    Celebrate the opening of Chocolate: The Exhibition with a weekend devoted to the delicious science behind your favorite dessert. Discover how chocolate goes from the tree to your table, and learn about the amazing animals and plants that make the sweet possible.
  • Ocean Fest Featuring the Philadelphia Shell Show

    Saturday Oct 18 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    Thousands of shells will be on display and for sale at the annual Philadelphia Shell Show and Festival. Free with museum admission.
  • Ocean Fest Featuring the Philadelphia Shell Show

    Sunday Oct 19 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    Thousands of shells will be on display and for sale at the annual Philadelphia Shell Show and Festival. Free with museum admission.
  • Mega-Bad Movie Night: The Lost World

    Thursday Oct 23 5:30 PM-9:00 PM

    Join us at the Academy after hours to watch an “awesomely awful” movie. Witty experts will be onstage to offer their quips and sidesplitting comments on the many scientific absurdities—think Mystery Science Theater 3000!
  • Sustainable Chocolate Day

    Sunday Nov 2 12:00 PM-2:00 PM

    Join the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University and 12th Street Catering for Sustainable Chocolate Day. Melted varieties of chocolate will flow through the museum’s commons room, and guests will receive a box of delicious treats for dipping. Learn how to recycle your Halloween chocolate into fondue, and find out more about the different types of chocolate.
  • Cuisine from the Collections: Chocolate Edition

    Saturday Nov 8 7:00 PM-10:00 PM

    Cuisine from the Collections is the Academy’s annual event featuring edibles from the everyday to the exotic. The cocktail party features food and drink inspired by the 18 million specimens in the Academy’s scientific collections. This year adds a sweet touch as we celebrate the Academy’s special exhibit, Chocolate: The Exhibition.
  • Dinosaur Days

    Friday Nov 28 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    Celebrate dinosaurs and their closest living relatives—birds –with  a holiday weekend of family fun at the Academy of Natural Sciences. Explore the world of the dinosaurs as your examine real fossils up close, meet live birds, and talk with dinosaur experts. Fun games and crafts are guaranteed to enlighten everyone from the wisest to the youngest dinosaur experts in your family. Free with museum admission.
  • Hot Chocolate Bars

    Friday Nov 28 12:00 PM-2:00 PM

    The Academy of Natural Sciences and 12th Street Catering will offer visitors the chance to warm up with the ultimate hot chocolate beverage. Try something new with our Mexican hot chocolate or our soy and agave hot cocoa.
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