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Exhibits

Tiny Titans

Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World

Come face-to-snout with live crocodilians, a group of reptiles that has evolved and thrived for 200 million years.

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X-treme Bugs

Come face-to-feet with nearly 20 massive, colorful, moving bugs!

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skeletal mount of Tyrannosaurus in Dinosaur Hall

Dinosaur Hall

More than 30 dinosaurs and other Mesozoic reptiles are represented in Dinosaur Hall.

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butterfly

Butterflies!

Live butterflies from Central and South America, East Africa, and Southeast Asia inhabit our tropical garden.

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Diorama of American pronghorn showing one male, three females and a young individual.

Dioramas

More than 35 dioramas present wildlife from Africa, Asia, and North America.

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Touching snake in Outside In

Outside In

Our indoor discovery center for children features hands-on activities and close encounters with live animals.

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Gallery Highlights

The Big Dig

Dig for fossils in this hands-on exhibit.

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Drawn to Dinosaurs

Drawn to Dinosaurs

Featuring a full cast of the duck-billed dinosaur Hadrosaurus foulkii, this exhibit reveals the science and art of visualizing a living dinosaur based on fragmentary fossils.

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thorny oyster in 'Marveling at Mollusks'

Marveling at Mollusks

Nearly 100 specimens from the scientific collections of the Academy’s Malacology Department are on display.

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mother and son looking at reconstruction of the fossil Tikaalik in Science at the Academy

Science at the Academy

The world-class science conducted at the Academy is on display.

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diorama parts, videos and a taxidermied gazelle in 'Secrets of the Diorama'

Secrets of the Diorama

Learn about the history of the dioramas and see how the plants, animals, and paintings were created.

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minerals

Treasures From the Mineral Vault

View minerals of vivid yellow, forest green, deep red, and radiant purple, and discover how they were formed millions of years ago deep within the earth.

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school of fish in the What Eats What exhibit

What Eats What

What Eats What presents the consumers and producers that make up the food chain in a stream.

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Specimen Spotlight: A Peek at the Past, A Look Toward the Future

Past Exhibits

Backyard Adventures

Leap into a garden of wonders, where you can experience the magic of a special backyard world.

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Dinosaurs Unearthed

Roaring, moving, life-size dinosaurs invade the Academy for a multi-sensory experience for the whole family.

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Frogs: A Chorus of Colors

Check out live frogs of many hues, listen to their colorful chorus, and admire the many ways they swim, hop, glide, and soar. 

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animal grossology

Animal Grossology

Based on Sylvia Branzei’s best-selling children’s book series Grossology, this hands-on 3-D exhibit oozes with disgusting science and provides a slightly off-kilter view of the animal kingdom.

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Library Gallery

Library Gallery

Our Library Reading Room is open to the public on weekday afternoons.

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