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Visit the Academy

 

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

  • Marty's Book Club Story Time

    Saturday, March 24, 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 24, 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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  • Crafts and Laughs

    Sunday, March 25, 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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  • Read to a Reptile

    Sunday, March 25, 2018

    10:00 AM-5:00 PM

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

    • Everyone

    Grab a book, pull up a chair, and practice your reading with the live animals of Outside In. Teach a turtle, hang out with our listening lizards, and share a story with a snake.

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  • Marty's Book Club Story Time

    Monday, March 26, 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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  • Read to a Reptile

    Tuesday, March 27, 2018

    2:00 PM-4:00 PM

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

    • Everyone

    Grab a book, pull up a chair, and practice your reading with the live animals of Outside In. Teach a turtle, hang out with our listening lizards, and share a story with a snake.

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  • Tiny Tot Explorers

    Wednesday, March 28, 2018

    11:00 AM-12:00 PM

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

    • Everyone

    Animal Alphabet

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  • Spring Break Camp

    Thursday, March 29, 2018

    9:00 AM-4:00 PM

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

    • Everyone

    Each day includes a live presentation by one of the Academy’s teacher-naturalists, an exploration of our exhibits (including Outside In, Butterflies!, and the Big Dig) and "campers-only" games, crafts, and activities. Kids can:

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  • Moose on the Loose Tour & Story Time

    Thursday, March 29, 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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  • Caregiver Workshop: Playing to Learn

    Thursday, March 29, 2018

    5:00 PM-7:30 PM

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

    • Everyone

    You may already know that you are your child’s first teacher, but you’re their first playmate, too! Join other caregivers and explore the fun and easy ways you can encourage science and literacy skills at home through dramatic play for your 3–8 year olds!

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