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Spring at the Academy



Our Butterflies! exhibit features a lush, tropical garden filled with colorful plants and a multitude of live butterflies from Central and South America, East Africa, and Southeast Asia.The exhibit usually has between 60 to 150 butterflies and 20 to 40 different species on any given day!

Learn more about our Butterflies! exhibit.

dinos after dark

Dinos After Dark
Friday, April 27

Join us for Dinos After Dark and enjoy pay-what-you-wish admission, family activities, and an indoor beer garden in our famous Dinosaur Hall.

At the April installment:

  • See Philadelphia’s own Christian Rodriguez bring Hadrosaurus foulkii back to life with a swirl of color and fun in our Drawn to Dinosaurs exhibit.
  • Meet the furry, feathered and scaly residents of the museum, and explore their behaviors, adaptations and ecosystems at Meet the Animals at 5:30 & 7 p.m.
  • Draw on our Dioramas - Adults and children alike will love discovering their creative side by adding their very own artwork to our famous dioramas.

Learn more about Dinos After Dark.

marty story time 

Marty’s Story Time
Every Monday at 11 a.m.

Laugh along with Marty the Moose as he shares his favorite books. Join Marty, his favorite humans, and a live animal guest for this special story time. Pick up a copy of Marty’s Book Club choice each month the gift shop and Marty will sign it for you! Free with general admission to the museum!

Learn more about Marty's Story Time.

scientist with shells 

Scientist Saturday
Saturday, April 21

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.

May 19: Giant Clams 

Meet graduate students Lincoln Rehm and Michelle Gannon who study giant clams. These marvelous mollusks are an important part of coral reefs in the Pacific Ocean. They have brilliantly colored tissues with abundant algae that help make food for the giant clam to use to build its shell.

See the large shells of different species and feel how heavy they are. Get hands-on practice sampling water to measure the different types of food the algae and giant clams eat while learning how this makes their relationship special.

Learn more about Scientist Saturday.


Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World

Come face-to-snout with live crocodilians, a group of reptiles that has evolved and thrived for 200 million years thanks to their brute strength, keen senses, and murderous instincts. Check out live species, including the Siamese crocodile, the broad-snouted caiman, the American alligator, and the West African dwarf crocodile.

Learn more about Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World.


Summer Science Camp

Academy Science Camp invites campers, ages 5-12, to learn about natural science at Philly's Dinosaur Museum. Each week of camp explores an exciting new theme such as dinosaurs, insects, or superheroes and features an off-site field trip. Camp weeks are filling up fast, register today!

Learn more about Academy Science Camp.

door 19 

Door 19: Boozy Botanticals
Thursday, June 14

In an era when Prohibition was law and bathtub gin was king, the sweet aromas of botanicals often veiled the taste of bad booze. On June 14, don your flapper dress or fedora (or come as you are), and travel back in time with us to a night inspired by the flora and fauna of the Roaring 20s. Enjoy an open bar featuring Boardroom Spirts Distillery, behind-the-scences tours of our Botany and Entomology Collections, the chance to make your own herbal tincture with Greensgrow Farms, and more! 

Learn more about Door 19.