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Dino-mite Summer

July 5 – September 3, 2023

Dino-Mite Summer

Dino-Mite Summer

Spend your summer at the Academy! Discover how scientists use art to help observe, elevate and educate about the natural world. Search for hidden fossils in a Dinosaur Hall scavenger hunt. Explore the miniature world of insects at an interactive cart featuring live arthropods and much more!

Free With Academy Admission

Fossil Hunters: Dino Hall Exploration Guide

Free with admission

Grab your guide and take a trip back (WAY BACK!) to “hunt” for fossils in Dinosaur Hall. Get your scavenger hunt stamped by Academy staff at the entrance to the museum for a prehistoric prize! 

Parkway Pals at Sister Cities Park

June 14 to August 16, 2023
Wednesdays, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Free, drop-in

Get outside, learn more about animals, plants and bugs, and go wild with fun games, experiments and unique activities.

Invert Investigation

Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Free with admission

Use cutting-edge technology to explore the miniature world of everyone’s favorite backyard bugs at this interactive cart featuring live arachnids, insects and myriapods.

Awesome Armor: Live Reptile Encounters

Thursdays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m.
Free with admission

Dinosaurs may be the most famous reptiles to ever walk the planet, but we’ve got some pretty cool LIVE snakes, turtles and lizards right here at the Academy! Meet one of the Academy’s slithery, scaly or scute-y live animal ambassadors.

Illuminating Birds: Art and Observation Make-and-Take

Fridays and Sundays, 1 – 4 p.m.
Free with admission

Let your creativity soar and discover how scientists use art to help observe, elevate and educate. Make and take a bird-themed project of your own.

History of Science: Latin America and the Academy

Saturdays, 12 – 2 p.m.
Free with admission

Latin America has always been a natural history hot spot! From elephant-sized sloths to prowling jaguars, the region has millions of years of biodiversity to offer. Explore the history of science with Drexel students and see Academy specimens up close.

Illuminating Birds Saturday Events Series

May 20 – Oct 15, 2023
Select Saturdays, 2 – 4 p.m.
Free with admission

Join us in the Avian Art Studio for our Illuminating Birds Saturday Event Series. Come explore the Academy’s vast ornithological collections through guided hands-on workshops and demonstrations with local artists and writers and learn why they are inspired by our avian neighbors. Draw your favorite specimen or write a new poem about a connection you had with a bird in your community.

Learn how people who appreciate birds build a community centered around science, art, culture and engagement and how you can join them in appreciating birds through drawing, writing, and other creative practices. We’ll have pencils and paper available, or you can use one of our coloring pages to guide you. All ages and art abilities are welcome in the Avian Art Studio!

Academy Membership

Not a member? Academy members receive an entire year of free general admission, access to members-only hours, events and activities, discounts on programming, parking, Academy Shop purchases and more. But membership is more than visitation benefits — your dues make a tangible impact on our community and planet.

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