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Programs


Family Programs

Share your birthday with dinosaurs, have a sleepover with a polar bear, or meet an iguana during summer camp. More.

Adult Programs

Experience the museum after hours, attend an Academy Town Square, or have a drink in the Dino Drafts Beer Garden. More
entomologist talk with museum visitors during Bug Fest

Festivals and Special Events

Talk to real scientists, look through a microscope, touch live bugs, shop for shells, or search for fossils. More
featured panel during an environmental program

Academy Town Square

Find out the latest on the Marcellus Shale, urban agriculture, or how Philadelphia can become more livable and green. More
 

Upcoming Academy Events:

  • Scientist Saturday: The Wonderful World of Wetlands

    Saturday, February 22, 2020

    1:00 PM-4:00 PM

    The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19103

    • Everyone

    Meet Drexel University environmental science graduate students Lena Champlin and Brittany Wilburn, who study wetland restoration and water quality. Watch a demonstration of how wetlands clean water by filtering out dirt and trash. Learn about native plants and animals and what you can do to keep wetlands clean through coloring activities.

    Read More
  • Access to Science: Opening Doors to Autism

    Sunday, February 23, 2020

    9:00 AM-11:00 AM

    The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19103

    • Everyone

    Visitors on the autism spectrum and their families are invited to experience the museum before the crowds.

    Read More
  • Door 19: Sippin’ With Sloths SOLD OUT

    Thursday, February 27, 2020

    6:00 PM-9:00 PM

    The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19103

    • Everyone

    Slam the brakes, slow your roll and slide on over to the Academy: real sloths are coming for an adults-only cocktail party.
     
    Sloths are trendy and tre cool, and for good reason — any animal that is so relaxed that algae grows on its back is pretty much the coolest creature in the trees. At “Door 19: Sipping with Sloths,” explore the unexpected adaptations that give living things (like sloths) an edge, from slowness to senescence. Take a rare chance to scope out the million specimens in our largest collection, or pull out some drawers to study skins behind the scenes. Learn what the “slow food movement” really means, take action by getting some with conservation condoms and cheer on your favorite competitor in the tortoise and the hare race. Dress to impress (sloths are very distinguished!) or come as you are for an offbeat evening with live music, fabulous food and an open bar.

    Read More
  • Dinos After Dark

    Friday, February 28, 2020

    4:00 PM-8:00 PM

    The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19103

    • Everyone

    Join us for Dinos After Dark and enjoy pay-what-you-wish admission, a family friendly atmosphere and the Dino Drafts Beer Garden in Dinosaur Hall!   

    Read More
  • The Real James Bond: Philly, Spies and the Academy of Natural Sciences

    Tuesday, March 3, 2020

    6:30 PM-8:00 PM

    The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19103

    • Everyone

    International man of mystery or humble birdwatcher? Why not both? Join us to find out all about Bond, James Bond… the scientist! 007’s namesake is the subject of a new book, The Real James Bond, by Philadelphia native, writer, birder and real James Bond expert, Jim Wright.

    Read More
  • Paleopalooza

    Saturday, March 7, 2020

    10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    The Academy of Natural Sciences 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19103

    • Everyone

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

    Read More
  • Paleopalooza

    Sunday, March 8, 2020

    10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    The Academy of Natural Sciences 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 1910

    • Everyone

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

    Read More
  • Night in the Museum

    Saturday and Sunday, March 21 & 22, 2020

    6:30 PM-9:00 AM

    The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel Universtiy 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19103

    • Everyone

    Experience the Academy’s towering dinosaurs—including T. rex—after dark! Your action-packed night at the museum barely leaves room for shut-eye. Night in the Museum is appropriate for children ages 6–14.

    Read More
  • Scientist Saturday: The Wonderful World of Wetlands

    Saturday, February 22, 2020

    1:00 PM-4:00 PM

    The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19103

    • Everyone

    Meet Drexel University environmental science graduate students Lena Champlin and Brittany Wilburn, who study wetland restoration and water quality. Watch a demonstration of how wetlands clean water by filtering out dirt and trash. Learn about native plants and animals and what you can do to keep wetlands clean through coloring activities.

    Read More
  • Access to Science: Opening Doors to Autism

    Sunday, February 23, 2020

    9:00 AM-11:00 AM

    The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19103

    • Everyone

    Visitors on the autism spectrum and their families are invited to experience the museum before the crowds.

    Read More
  • Door 19: Sippin’ With Sloths SOLD OUT

    Thursday, February 27, 2020

    6:00 PM-9:00 PM

    The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19103

    • Everyone

    Slam the brakes, slow your roll and slide on over to the Academy: real sloths are coming for an adults-only cocktail party.
     
    Sloths are trendy and tre cool, and for good reason — any animal that is so relaxed that algae grows on its back is pretty much the coolest creature in the trees. At “Door 19: Sipping with Sloths,” explore the unexpected adaptations that give living things (like sloths) an edge, from slowness to senescence. Take a rare chance to scope out the million specimens in our largest collection, or pull out some drawers to study skins behind the scenes. Learn what the “slow food movement” really means, take action by getting some with conservation condoms and cheer on your favorite competitor in the tortoise and the hare race. Dress to impress (sloths are very distinguished!) or come as you are for an offbeat evening with live music, fabulous food and an open bar.

    Read More
  • Dinos After Dark

    Friday, February 28, 2020

    4:00 PM-8:00 PM

    The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19103

    • Everyone

    Join us for Dinos After Dark and enjoy pay-what-you-wish admission, a family friendly atmosphere and the Dino Drafts Beer Garden in Dinosaur Hall!   

    Read More
  • The Real James Bond: Philly, Spies and the Academy of Natural Sciences

    Tuesday, March 3, 2020

    6:30 PM-8:00 PM

    The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19103

    • Everyone

    International man of mystery or humble birdwatcher? Why not both? Join us to find out all about Bond, James Bond… the scientist! 007’s namesake is the subject of a new book, The Real James Bond, by Philadelphia native, writer, birder and real James Bond expert, Jim Wright.

    Read More
  • Paleopalooza

    Saturday, March 7, 2020

    10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    The Academy of Natural Sciences 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19103

    • Everyone

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

    Read More
  • Paleopalooza

    Sunday, March 8, 2020

    10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    The Academy of Natural Sciences 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 1910

    • Everyone

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

    Read More
  • Night in the Museum

    Saturday and Sunday, March 21 & 22, 2020

    6:30 PM-9:00 AM

    The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel Universtiy 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19103

    • Everyone

    Experience the Academy’s towering dinosaurs—including T. rex—after dark! Your action-packed night at the museum barely leaves room for shut-eye. Night in the Museum is appropriate for children ages 6–14.

    Read More