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Dinos After Dark

  • Eddie the T-rex and kids
    Shaking hands with Eddie the T. rex at Dinos After dark.
    Credit: Carolyn Belardo/ANS
  • beer garden outside
    Velociraptors eye Dino Drafts: The Academy Beer Garden.
    Credit: Carolyn Belardo/ANS
  • a couple 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! Credit: Mike Servedio/ANS

  • 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!
  • Dinos After Dark 3 friends
    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!
  • Dinos After Dark 4 friends
    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!
  • Dinos After Dark and Trex
    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

  • live snake encounter for 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.
  • adults meet snake, 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.
  • adults meet snake, 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.
  • 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
  • kids, naturalist and millipede at Bug Fest
    Academy naturalist shows off an African Millipede at Bug Fest.
    Credit Mike Servedio/ANS
  • 3 green Beyer's Scarab Beetles
    Learn the characteristics of these pretty Beyer's Scarab Beetles at Bug Fest.
    Credit Mike Servedio/ANS
  • scientist and kids outside
    Take a walk on the wild side to hunt for insects with an Academy entomologist at Bug Fest.
    Credit Mike Servedio/ANS
  • chocolate chirp cookies
    Guess what’s in these chocolate chirp cookies. Taste some crickets at Bug Fest!
    Credit Mike Servedio/ANS
  • roach race
    Cheer on your favorite cockroach at Bug Fest.
    Credit Mike Servedio/ANS
  • Giant Katydid in hand
    This Giant Katydid is as large as an adult’s hand. Lean it’s important role in the ecosystem at Bug Fest.
    Credit Mike Servedio/ANS
  • Giant Katydid on shoulder
    A Giant Katydid unexpectedly perches on the shoulder of Bug Fest lead organizer Karen Verderame during her presentation.
    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

Super Science Cyber School Day

  • tortoise and child
    Super Science Cyber School Day features fun hands-on science for cyber school and home-schooled students, presented by the Academy and WXPN.

Academy Town Square

  • Fairmount Water Works ATS 5/23
    City leaders and a historian dive into Philly’s plans for combatting stormwater pollution in the May 23, 2018 Academy Town Square “Philly’s Innovative Water Systems: Yesterday and Tomorrow.”
  • 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
  • Shell Show 
  • Amazing shells from around the world can be seen at the Philadelphia Shell Show.
  • Credit: Conrad Erb
  • Shell Show
    Visitors can take a behind-the-scenes tour to see the Academy’s world-renowned shell collection at the Philadelphia Shell Show.
    Credit: ANSP

  • 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


  • Sleep over and enjoy activities at Night in the Museum.
    Credit: Katie O. Clark/ANSP

  • 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


  • A close-up look at a fish specimen from the Academy’s world-renowned Ichthyology Collection
    Credit: Brandon Zimmerman

  • Hands-on science is fun for both adults and kids
    Credit: ANSP

  • 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
  • cart of curiosity. Photo by Jeff Fusco
    The Cart of Curiosity offers fossils to explore and a magnified view for detailed study.
    Photo by Jeff Fusco
  • examining skulls. Photo by Jeff Fusco
    Animal skulls spice up a lesson on early life forms.
    Photo by Jeff Fusco

Live Animal Encounters

  • educator w bird and visitors. By Jeff Fusco
    Live animals are a way to connect museum visitors with nature.
    Photo by Jeff Fusco
  • 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.
    Jeff Fusco/Visit Philly
  • Cockatoo. Photo by Mike Servedio/ANS
    A hallway encounter with a cockatoo provides an opportunity to talk about birds.
    Photo by Mike Servedio/ANS
  • girl, naturalist and hedgehog. By Mike Servedio/ANS
    Meet live animals daily in our Outside In exhibit.
    Photo by Mike Servedio/ANS