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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  • Academy Explorers Summer Camp: The Art of Science (July 25–29)

    Monday Jul 25 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

    Learn that the greatest scientists were artists too! Observe Academy works held in our collection from contemporary to up-and-coming artists. Create your very own scientific work of art to display inside the museum too!
  • Tiny Tots: Color Laboratory

    Wednesday Jul 27 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.
  • 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.
  • Presidential Archives: Letters, Hair, and Fossils Final Day

    Friday Jul 29 10:00 AM-4:30 PM

    July 29 is the final day to see our special exhibit, Presidential Archives: Letters, Hair, and Fossils!
  • Academy Explorers Summer Camp: Behind-the-Scenes (August 1–5)

    Monday Aug 1 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

    Unlock the secrets of the museum as you explore some rarely seen specimens in our collections and create your very own extraordinary museum exhibit.
  • Tiny Tots: Water Works

    Wednesday Aug 3 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.
  • Academy Explorers Summer Camp: Animal Kingdom (August 8–12)

    Monday Aug 8 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

    Investigate animals from all over the world and discover how they survive in the wild. Share in animal wonders, gaze at the beauty, delight at the excitement, and show off your skills in our animal inspired games.
  • Tiny Tots: Incredible Insects

    Wednesday Aug 10 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.
  • Bug Fest

    Saturday Aug 13 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    Creepy, crawly, sticky, prickly, wiggly, yucky. And kinda cute. At least that is what we think about bugs at the Academy of Natural Sciences!
  • Bug Fest

    Sunday Aug 14 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    Creepy, crawly, sticky, prickly, wiggly, yucky. And kinda cute. At least that is what we think about bugs at the Academy of Natural Sciences!
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