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Dinos After Dark

The Academy of Natural Sciences Dinos After Dark.

The Academy of Natural Sciences Dinos After Dark.

February 23, 2024
5-8 p.m.

Enjoy pay-what-you-wish admission and a festive, family-friendly atmosphere and the Dino Drafts Beer Garden in Dinosaur Hall.

This is a pay-what-you-wish event, with a recommended donation of $10.

Food and Drinks

Dinosaur Hall, Lobby Level

  • Grubaholics
  • Dino Drafts Beer Garden by 12th Street Catering

Things to Do

Dinosaur Hall, Lobby Level


Enjoy the good vibes as you listen to tunes by DJ Osagie!

Auditorium, Level One

Live Show: Unearthing the Past
6:30 p.m.

Dinosaurs continue to inspire awe in people of all ages, but how exactly do we classify an animal as a dinosaur? When and where did they live? How do we know?

Spotlight Gallery, Level One

Drawing from the Collections

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.

Science Live, Level One

The Rounds

Learn about zero-waste delivery and refill service for sustainable staples, local faves and household essentials with The Rounds!

North American Hall, Level One

  • Green Mountain Energy - Sponsor of Dinos After Dark
  • Renewal by Andersen - Sponsor of Dinos After Dark

Special Exhibition, Level One

Under the Canopy

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.


After Life Drawing

An opportunity for visitors to sketch skeletal specimens from the Academy’s exhibition collection. Come to the Dino Hall Mezzanine to observe this month’s tableaux and use the paper and pencils provided to make your rendition. (5-7 p.m.)

The Big Dig

Unearth a dinosaur fossil just like a real paleontologist.

Dietrich Gallery, Level Two

Life Onto Land

Learn about fossil preparation and meet the famous fossil, Tiktaalik roseae.

Asia Hall, Level Two

Specimen Cart

How do bird feathers tell the story of evolution? Explore specimens from our collection and touch real bird feathers to discover how these highly specialized body coverings help birds hide, dance, mate, soar and survive.

Outside In, Level Three

Meet Live Animals

Have fun and meet our live animal ambassadors in our children's discovery center, especially for kids ages 3-8. (Closing at 7:30 p.m.)

The Academy is proud to partner with our Dinos After Dark sponsors Green Mountain Energy, The Rounds and Renewal by Andersen.

Upcoming Dates