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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  • Philadelphia Science Festival Science Carnival at Penn's Landing

    Saturday Apr 30 10:00 AM-4:00 PM

    Staff from the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University will be showing off some super cool specimens at Penn’s Landing during this year’s Science Carnival. We’re joining 100 other exhibitors for this free carnival, which includes family-friendly experiments, activities, games, and a packed lineup of live entertainment.
  • What’s in Our Water?

    Tuesday May 3 6:30 PM-8:00 PM

    Join us for a discussion with Debra McCarty, new Commissioner of the Philadelphia Water Department, about Philadelphia's drinking water.
  • Tiny Tots: Totally Tarantulas

    Wednesday May 4 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 Dance Party

    Wednesday May 11 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: Slimy Science

    Wednesday May 18 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.
  • Totally Turtles Weekend

    Saturday Jun 4 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    Come out of your shell to celebrate all things turtle, tortoise, and terrapin! Discover how this amazing order of hard-shelled survivors lived in the past and thrives in the present.
  • Totally Turtles Weekend

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

    Come out of your shell to celebrate all things turtle, tortoise, and terrapin! Discover how this amazing order of hard-shelled survivors lived in the past and thrives in the present.
  • Broad to Schuylkill

    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.
  • 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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