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Dino-mite Summer

June 10 – September 2, 2024

Dino-mite Summer

Dino-mite Summer

10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Spend your summer at the Academy! Discover how scientists use the collections to help observe, elevate and educate about the natural world. Discover ancient life-forms that roamed the earth long before the dinosaurs. Meet live animals that call the rainforest home. Explore the miniature world of insects and much more!

At Dino-mite Summer, you can:

  • Meet one of the Academy’s slithery, scaly or shelled live animal ambassadors
  • Make and take a science craft of your own
  • Explore paleontology through film
  • See rare and unique specimens and fossils

And much more!

Summer of Science Membership
Just $99!

Are you looking for some dino-mite ways to spend the summer months? Maybe you’re just in town for a few days and looking for an adventure! Whatever your reason might be, the Summer of Science membership is a great way to create lasting memories with family.

Summer of Science memberships are valid from the Friday of Memorial Day Weekend through the Sunday before Labor Day of the current year.

Life Onto Land: The Devonian
Dietrich Gallery

You’ve likely heard of the Jurassic and the Cretaceous, but do you know about the Devonian? Life Onto Land: The Devonian centers around the Academy’s internationally celebrated paleontological research and the incredible discovery of Tiktaalik roseae.

See enchanting drawings by Spanish artist Aina Bestard, breathtaking footage of Arctic and Antarctic research sites and the vivid scientific illustrations of Scott Rawlins. Experience the stunning plant and animal fossils collected from Devonian rock found here in Pennsylvania and around the world.

Drawing from the Collections: The Evolutionary Success of Beetles
Daily through August 11
Spotlight Gallery

Part gallery and part studio, Drawing from the Collections celebrates the enduring appeal of drawing and describing our insect counterparts as a method of generating creative insights and scientific understanding.

Investigate Coleoptera specimens from our world-renowned Entomology Collection, as well as stunning artworks and materials from our Library & Archives. Then, try your hand at drawing, describing and documenting your observations on the vast biodiversity of beetles.

Under the Canopy: Animals of the Rainforest
Daily through Labor Day
Special Exhibits Gallery

Travel to the most diverse ecosystem on the planet! Under the Canopy: Animals of the Rainforest is an immersive exhibition introducing you to the fascinating world of rainforests and the animals that inhabit them.

Learn about unique plants and rainforest ecology as you encounter a live sloth, boa constrictor and other animals that call these habitats home.

Special Animal Presentations
Daily through Labor Day

Get to know the animals of the rainforest through intimate presentations! Animal trainings will introduce guests to three or four different animals.

These trainings allow guests to watch animal handlers perform training exercises with Maple the sloth. Additional animal feedings may occur throughout the day.

  • Animal Presentation - 10:30 a.m.
  • Animal Training or Feeding - 1 p.m.
  • Animal Presentation - 2:15 p.m.

$10 Tuesdays
Experience everything the Academy has to offer — including our limited-time special exhibitions — for just $10 per person! Enjoy Dinosaur Hall, Outside In and our dioramas from around the world.

Discover something you’ve never seen before, make some memories with your family and save money all summer long on $10 Tuesdays!

The Big Dig
Open daily

Imagine you are a curious paleontologist exploring the New Mexico Badlands, your fossil brush in hand. In the distance, something catches your eye. You can make out a promising shape slightly exposed on the brown, dry terrain.

What’s hiding under the rocks? Will you uncover a duckbill dinosaur or a Tyrannosaurus rex? Use your tools to find out.

Wing Weaponry: Ducks and Dinos
Science Live, Level One
June 29–August 24, 2024
Saturdays, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Born with bizarre spurs on their wing bones, some species of Anseriformes (ducks and geese) are ready for action — but why? Learn about the possible purposes of wing weaponry, how these strange structures seemingly evolved multiple times, and how it all might go back to the dinosaurs.

Explore cutting-edge Academy research using X-rays, real examples from the Ornithology Collection, touchable bird specimens and fossils, all while you ask: what’s with the wings?

Summer Bugs Live Invertebrate Exploration Station
Science Live, Level One
June 22–August 25, 2024
Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Check the Academy off your summer bug-ketlist and find yourself fascinated by a few of our favorite live insects and arachnids. Touch lively hissing cockroaches and meet chilled-out tarantulas. Show off your invertebrate knowledge to our science-loving staff or learn something brand new to love about arthropods.

Discover what a real bug’s life is like, why invertebrates are critical to habitat health and how you can make their world safer and ensure their survival.

Turtle Talks
Dinosaur Hall
Thursdays and Sundays, June 23 to August 25, 2:30 p.m.

Come out of your shell at the Academy of Natural Sciences and discover everything there is to know about the live turtles, tortoises and terrapins that call the museum home. We’ll talk the talk while they (slowly) walk the walk!

Find out how these highly adapted reptiles evolved to survive in habitats as diverse as the driest deserts or the watery depths of the ocean. Learn which species you can find in your own backyard or local park and what you can do to keep their habitats healthy. These animals might be hard-shelled, but they still need you to make life easy.

Specimens, Science and the History of the Academy
Science Live, Level One
Fridays, June 28–August 30, noon to 2 p.m.

The Academy of Natural Sciences may be a bit over 200 years old, but we have more than 400 MILLION years of history for you to explore! Take a trip back in time to investigate the history of the Academy.

Gain a new appreciation of life on our planet through rarely displayed examples from our world-class collection of 20 million specimens. Examine everything from ancient fossils to modern mammals while you discover how studying the past can teach us about the future.

Parkway Pals at Sister Cities: Investigation Station
Wednesdays through August 14
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Sister Cities Park

Join the Academy of Natural Sciences this summer and go wild with fun games, experiments and unique activities! Learn more about animals and dinosaurs!

“Your Inner Fish” Movie Screening
Last Saturday of every month, 1:30 p.m.

Join us for a screening of "Your Inner Fish" and meet the ancestor you never knew you had. Based on a best-selling book by paleobiologist Neil Shubin, this scientific journey takes us from the Arctic Circle to Pennsylvania, searching the fossil record for the many ways that our animal ancestors shaped our anatomical destiny.

Bug Fest
August 10–11
10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Join us at the Academy of Natural Sciences for a wild weekend celebrating more than a few of our favorite (invertebrate) things. Enjoy scientist-guided Bug Walks on the Parkway and our famous Roach Races or discover your love for something surprising like the unexpected insect biodiversity of your local park.

Explore specimens from the Academy’s world-class Entomology Collection, including recently discovered beetles, bees and butterflies. “Ask the Experts” at scientist meet-and-greets for all ages. Talk with Academy researchers and fellow bug enthusiasts to find out how their passion for all things invertebrate impacts and shapes our communities. And check out the new marketplace that will highlight local artists and artisans.

Summer Trees of Laurel Hill Cemetery
Members Only Special Programming!
Tuesday, June 18, 2024
10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Registration required; $15 per person

Academy Members can take a tour of the beautiful trees and gardens of Laurel Hill East with Aaron Greenberg, Laurel Hill’s Arboretum Manager, and master arborist. Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes for this walking tour.

Not a member? Questions? Contact Kaitlin LeRoy at 215-299-1009 or

Dining for a Greener Future: A Night in the Rainforest
Thursday, June 27, 2024
6–8 p.m.
Registration required

Enjoy a reception-style, rainforest-themed dinner and drinks with fresh, sustainable, mouth-watering fare prepared by Chef Adam DeLosso from Academy partner 12th St Catering. Hear scientists illuminate the intricacies of rainforest ecosystems, showcasing rainforest flora and fish specimens from the Academy's collections.

Gain insight into conservation advocacy and learn how you can make a difference in safeguarding these precious environments. Join in the theme by showcasing a tropical look or stylish safari attire!

Wawa Welcome America Free Day
Wednesday, July 3, 2024
All ages; Free and open to the public!

Discover our special exhibitions, historic dioramas and all the museum has to offer — for free!

Farewell to Maple the Sloth
Saturday, August 24

Details coming soon!