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Frogs, Dinosaurs and Your Own Backyard Are the Subjects of New Exhibits on Tap for 2017 at the Academy of Natural Sciences

PHILADELPHIA, October 13, 2016

Rare dinosaur eggs, live frogs from around the world, and a backyard full of secret science are all headed to Philadelphia’s natural history museum in 2017.


Nestled in the heart of the city’s Parkway Museums District, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is Philadelphia’s dinosaur museum and the nation’s oldest natural history museum. In the months ahead, three new traveling exhibitions will fill the galleries with new excitement and engaging programs aimed especially at families with children.


The museum’s signature exhibits include Discovering Dinosaurs, Butterflies! (a tropical garden of live butterflies), Outside In (a children’s discovery center with live animals), and historic dioramas depicting animals around the world in realistic habitats. Live animals roam the halls with their handlers on any given day and naturalist presentations are an enlightened delight to behold.


Here is the schedule of temporary exhibits for the coming year. For updates, online discounts and a full calendar of events, visit

Frogs: A Chorus of Colors

Special Exhibits Gallery

February 4–May 14, 2017

Take a giant leap into the enchanting world of live frogs from around the world. From radiant blue to fiery red, frogs are among the most visually stunning, vocally pleasing and adaptively remarkable animals on Earth. In this exhibit, recreated habitats with live plants, waterfalls and rock ledges bring the frogs’ natural environment to life. Visitors will see live frogs in action, create a nighttime frog chorus, test their field of vision against that of a frog, and even perform a virtual frog dissection.

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Backyard Adventures

Special Exhibits Gallery

June 9–September 10, 2017

Step into a garden of wonders and experience the fascinating science that’s literally in your own backyard. Discover the amazing interactions between insects and plants and solve simple physics challenges by playing mini-golf. Ride a bee bike, collect nectar, copy critter calls, investigate a food web pond, dress up as your favorite creature, and stroll through a digital garden to witness plants growing in super time. Through active outdoor play you’ll discover there’s so much more going on in your backyard than you ever imagined.


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Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies

Special Exhibits Gallery

September 30, 2017–January 15, 2018

Take a rare and exciting look at dinosaurs through their eggs, nests and embryos. Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies blends the arts and sciences in an astonishing array of authentic dinosaur eggs and nests collected from around the world, including examples from each of the major plant- and meat-eating dinosaur groups. Visitors can touch dinosaur fossils, play paleontologist and dig for dinosaur eggs, examine real dinosaur embryo skin and eggshells under magnification, get up close to a Protoceratops family, and so much more.


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