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Membership Reopening FAQs

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is open! Permian Monsters: Life Before the Dinosaurs, is open, plus you can visit Gideon Mendel: Drowning World. See below for answers to your questions about hours, ticketing, what’s open and how we’ll be keeping you safe.

exterior of the Academy of Natural Sciences

Welcome Members!

The Academy is immensely grateful to our members for your patience and support. We have missed you and we look forward to welcoming you back to the museum!

To help you prepare for your visit, please read the following information and member-specific frequently asked questions.

Hours

Current Hours
Wednesday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Members-only Hour Daily: 9–10 a.m.

What will be open?

What's Closed?

To ensure the safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers, Butterflies! and The Big Dig are temporarily closed.

Tickets

Members have the option of reserving free timed tickets before arrival or simply checking in at the museum at any time during museum hours without making reservations. 

If you prefer a contactless transaction, we recommend reserving free timed tickets in advance of your visit at bit.ly/ANSMemberTickets For detailed instructions on the ticket reservations process, you may download the Member Tickets Guide for reserving your tickets on a desktop computer or on a mobile device. Your online tickets will be emailed as a PDF attachment to the email address you provide on your order. When you arrive, we will either scan your tickets from your phone, or you may choose to print your tickets at home and bring them with you. Membership verification is required.

You can also walk up to the museum and check in at any time during museum hours without advance reservations.

Members will receive free, full access to the building. This includes Dinosaur Hall, Outside In, the dioramas and the special exhibits, Permian Monsters and Gideon Mendel: Drowning World. To maintain visitor safety, Butterflies! and The Big Dig are temporarily closed. We look forward to reopening those spaces soon. 

What to expect for your health and safety

The health and safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers is of the utmost importance to us. To ensure the health and safety of our guests, staff and volunteers, we have carefully developed new health and safety protocols, following guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the  Pennsylvania Department of Health, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, Drexel University, and in consultation with national museum organizations as well as fellow museums around the world, across the nation and in Philadelphia.

If you have had contact with someone with COVID-19 within the past 14 days or if you are experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms, please plan your visit at a later date.

We are committed to these precautions and protocols for as long as necessary:

  • Face-coverings for visitors and staff are required.
  • Advance-reservations are  recommended to facilitate contactless transactions.
  • All public spaces and surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected throughout the day.
  • Hand sanitizer stations have been installed throughout the galleries.
  • We have installed plexiglass partitions in admissions and other areas.

Comprehensive health and safety protocols and training are in place for Academy staff.

Exhibits to Explore

New! Down the Hall and Around the World Self-Guided Family Expedition Tours

Free with admission; pick up onsite or download at home
 
Ready to embark on an expedition? When you visit the Academy, grab a brand-new, free self-guided tour to take a closer look at Dinosaur Hall, North American Hall, and African and Asian Halls.
 
Explore each exhibit at your own pace. The answers will be right before your eyes or printed in the labels, so have some fun on this expedition and travel to a whole new world in the halls of the Academy. What will you discover today?
 
Like to preplan your route? Download the guides here!

The Academy will continue to follow guidance from the state and city. Plans and opening dates are subject to change.


Parking

Members receive special discounts at the Logan Square Garage at 1815 Cherry Street. For a touchless parking experience, members can download the iParkit App and use program code ACADMBR001 and your membership ID to receive the discounted rate. Members using the iParkit App will receive an additional 10% off their first five uses (no promo code necessary). Members may also use the map below to purchase parking in advance for touchless entry, or present the on-site parking ticket to our admissions staff for validation.

The prices reflected in the map below are the discounted rates. Click the magnifying glass and select the date and time of your visit.

 

Member Frequently Asked Questions

REOPENING MUSEUM HOURS AND MEMBERS-ONLY HOURS

MEMBERS-ONLY HOURS

Will there be special members-only hours available?

We are reserving the hour of 9–10 a.m. for members only. Only Academy members will be able to reserve tickets for that time slot. While the first hour of the day will be held for members, Academy members are welcome to reserve tickets in any time slot throughout the day.

TICKETING

As an Academy member, do I need to reserve a timed ticket?

Members have the option of reserving free timed tickets before arrival or simply checking in at the museum at any time during museum hours without making reservations. Membership verification is required upon entry.

If I want to reserve a timed ticket, what are the options?

If you would like a contactless transaction upon check-in, you can reserve a timed ticket for your visit. Academy members may reserve tickets for members-only hours held from 9–10 a.m.. Members are also welcome to reserve tickets for any of the other timeslots throughout the day.

Member timed tickets can be reserved for the following arrival times: 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. 4 p.m. is the last available time slot of the day.

Members also have the option of checking in to the museum at any time during opening hours without making reservations in advance.

With our current exhibit offerings, we estimate your length of visit to be around two hours.

I’d prefer a contactless transaction at check-in. How do I reserve my tickets in advance?

Members can reserve free member tickets online at bit.ly/ANSMemberTickets prior to your visit. For detailed instructions on the ticket reservations process, you may download the Member Tickets Guide for reserving your tickets on a desktop computer or on a mobile device. Your timed tickets will be emailed as a PDF attachment to the email address you provide. When you arrive, we will either scan your tickets from your phone, or you may choose to print your tickets at home and bring them with you.

What will my online reservation cost?

Your online reservation will have no charge. All Academy members will get free access to the entire museum, including special exhibits.

Can I visit the museum without making an online reservation?

Yes. Members have the option of simply walking up to the museum at any time during our opening hours and checking in at the gate without prior reservations. Membership verification is required upon entry.

Which entrance should I use?

  • You may enter through the Parkway or 19th Street entrances regardless of whether you have reserved your tickets online or on-site.
  • If you have a stroller or need wheelchair accessibility, please enter through the 19th Street entrance.

Please contact us directly at 215-299-1060 if you have specific requests and we will be happy to assist you.

Are all of the exhibits open?

To maintain visitor safety, Butterflies! and The Big Dig are currently closed. The Academy Café is currently closed, but benches are available to sit down and eat snacks brought from home. The coat room is open.

All members receive full access to the museum, including Dinosaur Hall, Outside In, our dioramas and the special exhibits, Permian Monsters (through January 17, 2022) and Gideon Mendel: Drowning World (through October 17, 2021).

The Academy will continue to follow guidance from the state and city. Plans and opening dates are subject to change.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

The health and safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers is of the utmost importance to us. Here are some of the health and safety steps we have taken to make your visit feel safe, relaxing and enjoyable.

Do I need to wear a face covering?

In our most recent visitor survey, a majority of visitors and members told us they would like to continue masking up in our galleries for a little while longer. We are listening to your feedback and will continue to require masks in the museum for everyone ages 3 and up to protect unvaccinated individuals, including our youngest visitors. In the coming months, we hope to relax this policy as we continue to balance scientific findings with your input.

Will there be hand-sanitizing stations?

Yes, we have installed many hand-sanitizing stations throughout the museum for visitor use.

How are you ensuring that the museum stays clean?  

We formed a multi-departmental team, surveyed our audience and consulted with national museum organizations and sister institutions. We developed comprehensive guidelines and step-by-step procedures to make visitors of all ages feel safe, comfortable and at ease from the time they enter the building to the time they leave. 

We also have comprehensive guidelines for our staff.

In addition to an increased frequency of building-wide cleaning, we have enhanced our cleaning protocols to include the use of hospital grade cleaning solutions and regular cleaning of high-touch surfaces (like elevator buttons, door knobs and handles, railings and restroom fixtures) and common areas throughout the day.

Please note that a risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present.  When guests redeem their tickets, they acknowledge notice and acceptance of the COVID-19 exposure risks associated with visiting the Academy of Natural Sciences.

Upon redemption, guests agree to hold the Academy and Drexel University, their trustees, officers, employees and affiliates harmless from any and all causes of action, claims, damages, costs, expenses and compensation for injury or loss, that may result from exposure to COVID-19 during their visit to the Academy.  This release extends to heirs and personal representatives.

Let's continue to keep each other healthy. Please follow all signposting and notices throughout the Academy. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you!