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A sloth hanging from a branch. "Under the Canopy"

Under The Canopy: Animals of the Rainforest

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Life Onto Land: The Devonian

Dinosaur Hall

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

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Outside In

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

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


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

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Gallery Highlights

The Big Dig

Dig for fossils in this hands-on exhibit.

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Marveling at Mollusks

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

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Science at the Academy

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

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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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What Eats What

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

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Past Exhibits

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Ocean Bound

Discover the importance and vulnerability of watersheds, identify solutions to pollution problems and see how you can make a difference.

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Watershed Moment

Watershed Moment provides fresh perspectives on the water systems that bind us.

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How to Get to the River

How to Get to the River is an urban watershed adventure walk that leads participants from the Academy down Cherry Street through a micro-watershed of the Schuylkill River.

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Extreme Deep: Mission to the Abyss

Extreme Deep reveals the secrets of the ocean and enriches our understanding of our connection to it.

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Permian Monsters

Step back 290 million years and explore the world before dinosaurs.

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Tiny Titans

The River Feeds Back, A sound installation by Annea Lockwood and Liz Phillips

The River Feeds Back

Traverse the Schuylkill River through an immersive sound installation created by artists Annea Lockwood and Liz Phillips.

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Gideon Mendel: Drowning World

This exhibit features 37 photographs, two found-object displays and a video by leading contemporary photographer Gideon Mendel. 

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Invisible World of Water

Invisible World of Water

The first project in the Academy of Natural Sciences’ yearlong focus on water renews our appreciation for the vital element of water.

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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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Xtreme Bugs

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

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mythic creatures

Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids

Touch fossils, explore winged mythological creatures, build your own dragon and come face to face with a giant legendary sea monster.

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Dinosaur illustration with text Dinosaurs Around the World

Dinosaurs Around the World

© Ralf Schneider/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

This exhibit of 100 winning images features the world’s best nature photography and wildlife photojournalism.

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Survival of the Slowest

Do animals always need to be the strongest, the biggest and the fastest to survive?

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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

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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