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

Browse Events:
  • Mega-Bad Movie Night: On Tour - The Lost World

    Thursday Sep 17 7:00 PM-10:00 PM

    Join the Academy after hours for a special edition of Mega-Bad Movie Night held at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute. Witty experts will be onstage to offer their quips and sidesplitting comments on the many scientific absurdities—think Mystery Science Theater 3000! It’s the same live commentary you love about Mega-Bad Movie Night in the fantastic theater at BMFI!
  • Members' Night 2015

    Friday Sep 18 5:00 PM-9:00 PM

    Every year, the Academy  treats its members to a special evening during which they can meet our staff, see our collections, and experience the breadth and depth of work that takes place behind the scenes at the museum.
  • September Academy Explorers Camp

    Monday Sep 21 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

    Campers will discover the fascinating world of dinosaurs, insects, and even the Academy’s live animals during the World Meeting of Families, September 21–24.
  • Climate Change: A New Dialogue

    Monday Sep 21 6:30 PM-8:00 PM

    Join the Academy of Natural Sciences on Monday, September 21, as we mark Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to Philadelphia with a special forum, Climate Change: A New Dialogue.
  • Clearly Beautiful Closing

    Friday Sep 25 10:00 AM-4:30 PM

    Join us for the final day of Clearly Beautiful: Photographs by Adam Summers.
  • Academy Closed for Papal Visit

    Friday Sep 25 10:00 AM-4:30 PM

    The Academy will be closed from Friday, September 25 through Sunday, September 27 for the visit of Pope Francis.
  • Academy Closed for Papal Visit

    Saturday Sep 26 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    The Academy will be closed from Friday, September 25 through Sunday, September 27 for the visit of Pope Francis.
  • Academy Closed for Papal Visit

    Sunday Sep 27 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    The Academy will be closed from Friday, September 25 through Sunday, September 27 for the visit of Pope Francis.
  • Reptiles: The Beautiful and the Deadly Opening

    Wednesday Sep 30 10:00 AM-4:30 PM

    Join us for the opening of Reptiles: The Beautiful and the Deadly. Get eyeball to eyeball with live deadly snakes, colorful lizards, bizarre turtles, and rugged crocodilians from around the world in this new exhibit.
  • Reptiles: The Beautiful and the Deadly Member Preview

    Friday Oct 2 5:30 PM-9:00 PM

    Members see it first! Academy members can be the first to see our new exhibit, Reptiles: The Beautiful and the Deadly, at this special preview.
Plan your visit, check out our new exhibits, and find out about upcoming activities.
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