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Educators work on dinosaur fossils

Fossil Prep Lab

See Paleontology in action! Look on as Academy staff prepare fossils for study by scientists. Our preparers can inform you of their current projects and are available to answer questions. More.

Educator with bird

Naturalist Shows

Weekdays: 2:30 p.m. Weekends: 11 am & 2:30 pm

Join our teacher-naturalists as they explore natural history in these informal and interactive presentations involving live animals and/or museum specimens. More.


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

 

Events

  • Tiny Tot Explorers

    Wednesday, March 14, 2018

    11:00 AM-12:00 PM

    The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19103

    • Everyone

    Antler Antics

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  • Moose on the Loose Tour & Story Time

    Thursday, March 15, 2018

    1:00 PM-12:00 AM

    The Academy of Natural Sciences 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19103

    • Everyone

    Marty the Moose, the Academy’s pun-ny four-legged storyteller, loves a good book and invites visitors to celebrate science and stories during March of the Moose! Let Marty be your tour guide through North American Hall. Explore the stories behind the dioramas on this unique family tour!

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  • Investigation Station: Arctic Adaptations

    Friday, March 16, 2018

    11:00 AM-3:00 PM

    The Academy of Natural Sciences 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19103

    • Everyone

    Think you could keep warm in the Arctic? Test your best cold weather coverings at this hands-on science station.

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  • Members Only! Muffins With Marty

    Saturday, March 17, 2018

    9:00 AM-10:00 AM

    The Academy of Natural Sciences 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19103

    • Everyone

    Join us for some Kids Club fun before the Academy opens! Complete fun activities, have a snack, and hang with Marty the Moose. Make sure to bring your Kids Club membership card to receive a stamp!

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  • Investigation Station: Arctic Adaptations

    Saturday, March 17, 2018

    11:00 AM-3:00 PM

    The Academy of Natural Sciences 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19103

    • Everyone

    Think you could keep warm in the Arctic? Test your best cold weather coverings at this hands-on science station.

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  • Marty's Book Club Story Time

    Saturday, March 17, 2018

    11:00 AM-12:00 AM

    The Academy of Natural Sciences 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19103

    • Everyone

    Marty the Moose, the Academy’s pun-ny four-legged storyteller, loves a good book and invites visitors to celebrate science and stories during March of the Moose!

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  • Moose on the Loose Tour & Story Time

    Saturday, March 17, 2018

    1:00 PM-12:00 AM

    The Academy of Natural Sciences 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19103

    • Everyone

    Marty the Moose, the Academy’s pun-ny four-legged storyteller, loves a good book and invites visitors to celebrate science and stories during March of the Moose! Let Marty be your tour guide through North American Hall. Explore the stories behind the dioramas on this unique family tour!

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  • Scientist Saturdays: Volcanology

    Saturday, March 17, 2018

    1:00 PM-4:00 PM

    The Academy of Natural Sciences 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19103

    • Everyone

    Discover current research and meet real scientists at Scientist Saturdays. See hands-on demonstrations of scientists’ exciting research and ask all the questions you want from 1 to 4 p.m. The program welcomes guests of all ages to interact with the scientists, who are happy to converse with you about their current research. Come back for new guests each month. Free with general admission. No registration required.

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  • Night in the Museum with Special Guest Star: Crocs

    Saturday and Sunday, March 17 & 18, 2018

    6:30 PM-9:00 AM

    1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19103

    • Everyone

    Overnights with a big overbite!! Enjoy all the great activities of our Night in the Museum programs and get a chance to see what the special stars of our special exhibit Crocs are up to after the sun goes down. It’s sure to be a night with these nocturnal critters that you won’t soon forget!

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  • Crafts and Laughs

    Sunday, March 18, 2018

    10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    The Academy of Natural Sciences 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19103

    • Everyone

    Get creative with a new craft, let your favorite dinosaurs inspire you to write some prehistoric poems, and share some of Marty’s favorite jokes!

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