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Pay What You Wish on Founders Day

PHILADELPHIA, March 7, 2016

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is offering pay-what-you-wish admission on Monday, March 21, to celebrate the founding of the nation’s oldest natural history museum.

The Academy was officially established on March 21, 1812 by seven amateur naturalists for “the encouragement and cultivation of the sciences and the advancement of useful learning.” Today the Academy is a leading natural history museum and the place to discover towering dinosaurs, experience a working fossil preparation lab, stroll among live butterflies, see live animal shows, participate in hands-on activities, see special exhibits, and much more.


On March 21 visitors can decide what admission they would like to pay. There is a $5 fee for the special exhibit Tarantulas: Alive and Up Close, featuring nearly 20 species of live tarantulas.


For a list of the day’s activities and shows, visit

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