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Animal Grossology Opening Weekend, May 16-17

PHILADELPHIA, April 28, 2015

An exhibit oozing with disgusting science deserves a proper opening. So on the weekend of May 16 and 17, when Animal Grossology debuts at Philadelphia’s natural history museum, there will be plenty of smelly live animals, slimy sea urchin dissections, live cockroaches, poop, and bad jokes to go around.

Based on the best-selling Grossology children’s book series by Sylvia Branzei, Animal Grossology at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University provides a slightly off-kilter view of the animal kingdom. On view from Saturday, May 16, through Sunday, Aug. 30, Animal Grossology is packed with hands-on fun that celebrates those yucky topics moms warn their kids not to discuss at the dinner table.

Featuring sophisticated animatronics and imaginative animal characters, the exhibit introduces scientific concepts in ways that will make some kids giggle and others say “Ew, gross!”

On both Saturday and Sunday of opening weekend at the new Carts of Curiosity, visitors can witness sea urchins and crawfish being dissected and spiders and cockroaches doing what they do best: look creepy. They can also follow the unlikely cycle of elephant excrement and meet some surprisingly special slimy live animals. 

Entertaining and engaging live animal shows at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. both days take a close look—and smell—at animal scents, poop and the bad reputations some creatures have developed, rightly or wrongly.

The creepy-crawly craft project will be sufficiently un-gross, so it will be okay to bring home.

All the activities are free with museum admission. For more details and to purchase admission tickets online, visit

GROSSOLOGY Exhibition is produced by Advanced Animations LLC. GROSSOLOGY is a registered trademark of Penguin Group (USA) LLC.

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