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Animal Superhero Weekends

  • superhero girl
    Find out how the superheroes of the animal kingdom inspire superheroes in comic books and movies in Animal Superhero Weekends.

Paleopalooza

  • 3 kids Dino Hall
    Guided tours of Dinosaur Hall are always a hit Paleopalooza.
    Credit: Mike Servedio/ANS
  • kid and fossil display
    Fossils displays from the Academy’s famous collection at Paleopalooza.
    Credit: Mike Servedio/ANS
  • face-painting
    Face-painting a dinosaur at Paleopalooza.
    Credit: Mike Servedio/ANS

Xtreme Science Days

  • Xtreme jaws, happy kid, educator
    Xtreme Science Days takes place Thursday through Sunday, Dec. 27–30.

Dinos After Dark

  • a couple at Dinos After Dark
  • Dinos After Dark 4 friends
  • Dinos After Dark and Trex
  • Drinking w dinosaurs at Dinos After Dark
    The Academy now is open one evening a month for Dinos After Dark. Pay-as-you-wish admission and cash bar and snacks. Both adults and kids welcome!

Door 19

  • food and drink at Door 19
  • live snake encounter for Door 19
  • adults meet snake, Door 19
  • adults meet snake, Door 19
  • sweets in dinosaurs, Door 19
    Curated for the curious, Door 19 at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is quirky science meets themed soiree, set against a backdrop of live performances, music, potent libations, exclusive behind-the-scenes access, and dinosaurs.

Audio Tour


  • A new audio tour at the Academy of Natural Sciences reveals the origin of the Bengal tigers.
    Credit: Mike Servedio/ANS

  • Academy secret revealed in the new audio tour: Those antlers belong to another moose.
    Credit: Michael Persico
  • 3 green Beyer's Scarab Beetles
    Learn the characteristics of these pretty Beyer's Scarab Beetles at Bug Fest.
    Credit Mike Servedio/ANS
  • Girl and specimens. Photo by Meredith Dolan/ANS
    Getting a close look at insect specimens from the Academy’s collection.
    Credit: Meredith Dolan/ANS
  • giant katydid
    A giant katydid as big as a human hand.
    Credit: Mike Servedio/ANS
  • Hercules beetle
    Hercules beetle from the Academy’s live animal collection.
    Credit: Mike Servedio/ANS
  • girl with magnifying glass
    Not that one needs a magnifying glass to see this creature.
    Credit: Mike Servedio/ANS
  • touching insect
    The Academy’s Leigh Lightner extends a hand so kids can touch the insect.
    Credit: Mike Servedio/ANS

Academy Town Square

  • shore devastation from extreme weather
    “Tomorrow Is Now: How Will We Survive a Changing Climate?” on March 4, 2019 features a panel of climate change and natural disaster experts.
  • Copyright Edward Burtynsky Nickel Tailings No. 31, Sudbury, Ontario, 1996
    “Global Shifts: Earth Through the Lens of Artist Edward Burtynsky” is the Academy Town Square on April 3, 2019
    Media seeking permission to use the image to illustrate a story about the Academy Town Square, should contact Academy Public Relations, belardo@ansp.org.
    Credit: Edward Burtynsky, Nickel Tailings No. 31, Sudbury, Ontario, 1996, Digital Chromogenic Print, 40 x 60 inches (102 x 152 cm), Edition 10/10, Hall Collection. Courtesy Hall Art Foundation.
  • Ted Daeschler, Antarctica fossils
    Paleontologist Ted Daeschler, here with fossils he collected in Antarctica, will discuss his 2019 expedition at the April 30, 2019 Academy Towns Square.
    Credit: Ted Daeschler/ANS
  • lush stream
    Key environmental and advocacy groups discuss “Voting for the Environment” at the free Academy Town Square on Oct. 24, 2018
  • Specimens of Hair book jacket for ATS
    Jacket for Robert Peck’s new book, Specimens of Hair, which is the subject of the Nov. 14, 2018 Academy Town Square titled “Presidential Hair: A Close Shave With History.”
    Credit: Rosamond Purcell
  • Robert Peck, author of Specimens of Hair
    Academy Senior Fellow Robert Peck discusses his new book at the free Academy Town Square titled “Presidential Hair: A Close Shave With History” Nov. 14, 2018.

Academy Conversation

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    Academy Conversation connects the public with Academy experts on breaking science news to help make sense of environmental issues that affect us all.
    Credit: Mike Servdio/ANS
  • audience Q&A
    Public discussion with experts around important science issues is key to the Academy Conversation.
    Credit: Mike Servedio/ANS
  • owl by Mike Servedio/ANS
    The barn owl is just one of the magical beasts to behold at Wild Wizarding Weekend.
    Photo by Mike Servedio/ANS
  • Magic Professor owl. Photo by Mike Servedio/ANS
    Abracadabra! The Academy of Natural Sciences conjures up magical beasts at Wild Wizarding Weekend.
    Photo by Mike Servedio/ANS

  • Collecting insects during Academy Explorers Camp.
    Credit: Hollie Barattolo/ANSP
  • Educator and boy. Photo by Mike Long
    Unlocking the secrets of nature with an Academy educator.
    Photo by Mike Long
  • kids touch snake. Photo by Mike Long
    A close encounter with a live snake at camp.
    Photo by Mike Long

Night in the Museum


  • Night in the Museum.
    Credit: Katie O. Clark/ANSP

  • Night in the Museum.
    Credit: ANSP
  • sleeping under T. rex. Photo by Jeff Fusco 
    Night in the Museum features a night of fun and adventure.
    Photo by Jeff Fusco

Behind-the-Scenes Tours

  • Behind-the-scenes tour of shell collection. Photo by Jeff Fusco
    Groups can take a behind-the-scenes tours of the specimen collections, including here in the Malacology Collection.
    Photo by Jeff Fusco.
  • Behind-the-scenes tour of bird collection. Photo by Jeff Fusco
    A behind-the-scenes look at bird specimens in the Ornithology Collection.
    Photo by Jeff Fusco
  • Behind-the-scenes tour of Herpetology Collection. Photo by Jeff Fusco
    Preserved specimens in the Herpetology Collection include reptiles from around the world dating back to before the 1800s.
    Photo by Jeff Fusco
  • Behind-the-scenes tour of Herpetology Collection. Photo by Jeff Fusco
    A huge bat is among thousands of specimens preserved in jars at the Academy.
    Photo by Jeff Fusco
  • shell collection. Photo by Jeff Fusco
    The Malacology Collection contains 10 million shells from all over the world.
    Photo by Jeff Fusco

Hands-on Learning


  • Credit: Kelly & Massa Photography
  • Group with fossil. Photo by Jeff Fusco
    Academy educators bring fossils to life for visitors.
    Photo by Jeff Fusco
  • Girls with fossils. Photo by Jeff Fusco
    Academy fossils offer endless hands-on fun and learning.
    Photo by Jeff Fusco
  • examining skulls. Photo by Jeff Fusco
    Animal skulls spice up a lesson on early life forms.
    Photo by Jeff Fusco
  • girl w jar of baby shark
    Examining a baby shark from the Academy’s specimen collection.
  • jaw boy
    Hands-on learning at the Academy is fun for both kids and adults.
  • kids coloring in Dinosaur Hall
    Bringing dinosaurs to life by drawing your own can be a learning experience.

Live Animal Encounters

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    Live animals help people understand that their actions make a difference in the environment.
  • live owl w kids
    The Academy’s live animals are a great way to connect visitors with nature.
  • iguana with visitors. Photo by Jeff Fusco
    An iguana greets visitors to North American Hall.
    Photo by Jeff Fusco.
  • snake and kids. Photo by Jeff Fusco
    Live animals serve as ambassadors to the wild.
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