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Visit the Academy

At the Academy of Natural Sciences, you can wander among towering dinosaur skeletons or discover an indoor tropical butterfly garden. Explore ecosystems from around the world through our historic dioramas or be transported to the great outdoors through our hands-on discovery center for children. Visit our Special Exhibits Gallery for our newest exhibit, or watch scientists at work in Science Live or our Fossil Prep Lab. There’s always something new happening at the Academy—plan your visit today!


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Plan Your Visit

Details about admission pricing, parking and how to get to the museum.

Plan Your Visit

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Field Trips

Plan a field trip for your class, summer camp or group.

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Museum Activities

Meet live animals, talk with real scientists, and watch fossils being prepared.

Check out our Museum Activities

skeletal mount of Tyrannosaurus in Dinosaur Hall

Signature Exhibits

See how big you are next to Tyrannosaurus rex, walk among live butterflies, or get up close and personal with a polar bear.

Check out our Permanent Exhibits

  

 

Events

  • Academy Conversation: Natural Disasters, Extreme Weather and Climate Change

    Tuesday, September 29, 2020

    3:00 PM-4:00 PM

    This is a digital program. Zoom information provided upon registration.

    • Everyone

    Join Academy scientists and guest panelists to discuss the impacts that climate change is having on today’s extreme weather events and natural disasters.

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  • Lunch and Learn: Bite Sized Science - Amazon River Field Trip

    Friday, October 2, 2020

    12:30 PM-1:30 PM

    Live Event on Zoom (registration required)

    • Everyone

    Travel to the Amazon from your own home! Join ichthyologist (fish scientist) Mariangeles Arce H. as she shows you some of the exciting places she has collected.

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  • Virtual Collection Tours - Botany: Lewis and Clark Plant Collection

    Friday, October 2, 2020

    4:00 PM-4:45 PM

    Live Event on Zoom (registration required)

    • Everyone

    Lewis and Clark are famous for their trip out west, but did you know they collected more than 200 plants during their expedition? All of them were pressed and preserved for science, and they’re right here at the Academy of Natural Sciences. Explore the collection then chat with the curator.

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  • Member's Week: Academy Feud

    Friday, October 2, 2020

    7:00 PM-8:00 PM

    Academy members join us in Zoom (registration required). We’ll also be streaming to Facebook Live.

    • Everyone

    Join us for a live game show as two staff teams go head-to-head in Academy Feud. The teams will compete to guess the most popular answers to Academy-themed survey questions provided by our members!

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  • Members’ Week: Slime-ence from Home

    Saturday, October 3, 2020

    10:00 AM-11:00 AM

    This is a digital program. It will be hosted on Facebook Live.

    • Everyone

    Join Academy educators to make your own slime and learn about slimy animals! Download the instructions sheet below to learn what supplies you'll need for the workshop.

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  • Lunch and Learn: Bite Sized Science - Fisheries Science at the Academy

    Saturday, October 3, 2020

    12:30 PM-1:30 PM

    Live Event on Zoom (registration required)

    • Everyone

    Join our fisheries team in the field! Watch as they conduct fish surveys in local waterways and learn about the techniques they use to survey fish populations.

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  • Members’ Week: Animal Antics

    Saturday, October 3, 2020

    1:00 PM-2:00 PM

    Academy members join us in Zoom (registration required). We’ll also be streaming to Facebook Live.

    • Everyone

    Have you ever wondered what it would be like to care for the Academy's live animals each day? Hang out with our animal keepers, hear their favorite stories of animal antics and ask them questions.

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  • Virtual Collection Tours - Vertebrate Paleontology: Fossils of Pennsylvania

    Saturday, October 3, 2020

    4:00 PM-4:45 PM

    Live Event on Zoom (registration required)

    • Everyone

    Peek into the Vertebrate Paleontology Collection to find some of our favorite fossils found in Pennsylvania. After checking out the collection, chat with our paleontologists to learn how the fossils were discovered and prepared, and why collections are important.

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  • Members’ Week: Grocery Store Botany

    Sunday, October 4, 2020

    10:00 AM-11:00 AM

    Academy members join us in Zoom (registration required). We’ll also be streaming to Facebook Live.

    • Everyone

    Is a tomato a fruit or a vegetable? Why aren't strawberries true berries? What do Brussels sprouts, cabbage and broccoli have in common? Learn about the botany of your local produce section and the plants that provide some of your favorite (or least favorite) foods.

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  • Lunch and Learn: Bite Sized Science - Macroinvertebrate Monitoring & Lab Tour

    Sunday, October 4, 2020

    12:30 PM-1:30 PM

    Live Event on Zoom (registration required)

    • Everyone

    Join our scientists in the field to find aquatic insects and other invertebrates. Then, take a tour of their lab to see the macroinvertebrates up close.

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