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Environmental Justice Week

  • diversity of hands
    The Academy celebrates Environmental Justice Week with a virtual festival, Jan. 11-19, 2021.


  • T. rex dominates Dinosaur Hall
    We celebrate Paleopalooza virtually Oct. 17-25, 2020, but you can still visit T. rex in person in Dinosaur Hall Fridays through Sundays.
  • Academy fossils
    Academy paleontologists will show virtual audiences at Paleopalooza some of the institution’s world-renowned fossil collection, Oct. 17-25, 2020.

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 Conversation

  • panel with audience
    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

  • long tongue animal
    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.
    Jeff Fusco/Visit Philly