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March 2-3, 2019



Every year, the Academy celebrates all things prehistoric during Paleopalooza, a two-day festival of fossils. 

Free for members or with general admission. Save $2 when you purchase tickets online.

Paleopalooza 2019 Activities

VIP (Very Important Paleo!) Access Only: Vertebrate Paleontology

Get an exclusive look at some rarely exhibited and wonderful fossils and type specimens collected by Academy paleontologists.

Trilobite Fossil Frenzy

For millions of years, trilobites swam the shallow seas. Meet live modern relatives and learn how they “saw” the world through compound eyes. Make and take your own trilobite to demonstrate their awesome diversity, and talk to Academy scientists about their amazing specimens.

Drawn to Dinosaurs: Hadrosaurus foulkii at Academy of Natural Sciences

Reimagining Haddy With Christopher DiPiazza

Visit our Drawn to Dinosaurs exhibit and watch Academy dinosaur enthusiast and paleoartist Christopher DiPiazza bring Hadrosaurus foulkii back to life in chalk over two action-packed days.

Auditorium Show: Ancient Animals
11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

From the first amphibians to crawl on land over 400 million years ago to the most sophisticated modern birds, animals are ancient! Meet the Academy’s own live animal ambassadors, and check out the big screen to compare them to their ancient relatives found in the fossil record.

Auditorium Show: Dinosaurs of the Bighorn Basin Paleontological Institute 
12:30 p.m.

Join paleontologist Jason Schein for a wicked cool presentation on what it takes to dig up dinosaurs in the American West. Find out what discoveries might be in store for the next few years, and learn more about taking a trip out there yourself!

Auditorium Show: Storytime With Marty “The Mesozoic” Moose
1:30 p.m.

Join everyone’s favorite pun-ny storyteller, Marty the Moose, for an interactive story time featuring a dinosaur tale and live animal.

Auditorium Show: Searching for Fossils at the Bottom of the World
2:30 p.m.

Academy paleontologist Ted Daeschler shares his fascinating stories and amazing discoveries from his recent expedition to Antarctica.

Guided Tours of Dinosaur Hall
10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m.

Meet under the T. rex for ultra-cool dinosaur tours. Bring your most pressing dino questions!

Fossil Preparation

See a real fossil fresh from the field as it is prepared by our technicians in the Fossil Prep Lab.

Meet Our Mascot

Meet Academy mascot Eddie the T. rex as he tours the museum! Where will you find him?

Mesozoic Market

Stop by the Commons for educational displays, fossil vendors, dinosaur tattoos, face painting and more. 

The Fossil Hunt

Have sharp eyes? Search for real fossils to take home. Take a closer look at specimens that prove that dinosaurs don’t have the monopoly on cool fossils!

Dino hall Tour

Ice Age Antics

Who were Manny, Sid and Diego? Find out as you explore real specimens of ice age animals, compare them to their modern counterparts and do some icy experiments. Make and take a “cool” Smilodon tooth necklace!

Geology Rocks!

There’s nothing sedimentary about this station! Celebrate our gneiss-est rocks and minerals, igneous style, and get metamorphic over stratigraphy and fossilization.

Fossil Club Displays

Peruse the Delaware Valley Paleontological Society’s fossil tables and exhibits featuring interactive displays, a touch table and world-class fossil collections.

Dinosaur Farm Legos

Old MacDonald had a … Stegosaurus? Read up on what it would take to run a dinosaur farm, and then build your own out of building bricks.

Story Time

Join Marty the Moose in Outside In for an interactive story time featuring a dinosaur tale and live animal.

Monsters of the Deep

Ancient marine reptiles ruled the seas 80 million years ago. How do they live on today? Learn about the aquatic dinosaur cousins that capture our imagination (think “Nessie”!), and do some comparative biology between these prehistoric beasts and modern live animals. Make and take your own marine reptile model.

Closer Look: Live Reptiles
10 a.m.–noon; 1–3 p.m.

Meet some of the live reptiles that call the Academy home. Learn about these remarkable relatives of the dinosaurs, and compare them to the fossils on display nearby. 

Special Exhibit: Mythic Creatures

Discover how real animals such as dinosaurs, mammoths and narwhals may have stirred tales of griffins, giants and unicorns. Learn why so many legendary water spirits look like mermaids. Touch fossils, explore winged mythological creatures, build your own dragon and come face to face with a giant legendary sea monster. Special ticket required.