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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

  • Dinos After Dark

    Friday, January 24, 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!   

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  • Scientist Saturday: The Diverse World of Diatoms

    Saturday, January 25, 2020

    1:00 PM-4:00 PM

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

    • Everyone

    Meet Academy Scientist Mariena Hurley, who studies diatoms.

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  • Access to Science: Opening Doors to Autism

    Sunday, January 26, 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.

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  • Youth Climate Action Forum

    Sunday, February 2, 2020

    1:00 PM-3:00 PM

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

    • Everyone

    People across the country – including the youth of Philadelphia – are joining together to make their voices heard in their own communities. We are here to support you!

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  • Night in the Museum

    Saturday and Sunday, February 15 & 16, 2020

    6:30 PM-9:00 AM

    The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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