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Past Exhibits

Based on topics ranging from animatronic dinosaurs to scaly live animals, the Academy's Special Exhibits are constantly changing. We offer at least two to three new exhibits each year. Special exhibits offer something for little learners and experienced explorers alike. Some of our most popular past exhibits include: 

Past Exhibits

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Permian Monsters

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

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Tiny Titans

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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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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: 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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Dinosaurs Around the World

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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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