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Educators work on dinosaur fossils

Fossil Prep Lab

See Paleontology in action! Look on as Academy staff prepare fossils for study by scientists. Our preparers can inform you of their current projects and are available to answer questions. More.

Educator with bird

Naturalist Shows

Weekdays: 2:30 p.m. Weekends: 11 am & 2:30 pm

Join our teacher-naturalists as they explore natural history in these informal and interactive presentations involving live animals and/or museum specimens. More.


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!


scientist and girl check out insect specimens

Museum Activities

Meet live animals, see science in action, or watch us turn the page on Audubon's birds.

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

  • Tiny Tot Explorers

    Wednesday, April 25, 2018

    11:00 AM-12:00 PM

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

    • Everyone

    Calling all explorers 2–5 years old! Along with your favorite adult, join us in exploring nature through songs, games, hands-on fun, and museum adventures. An appropriate snack is provided.

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  • Dinos After Dark

    Friday, April 27, 2018

    5:00 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, family activities and an indoor beer garden in our famous Dinosaur Hall.

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  • Science Carnival on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

    Saturday, April 28, 2018

    10:00 AM-4:00 PM

    Ben Franklin Parkway

    • Everyone

    Join us for an all-day event that features more than 100 exhibitors offering nonstop, family friendly experiments, games and a packed line-up of live entertainment.

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  • Moose on the Loose Tour & Story Time

    Sunday, April 29, 2018

    1:00 PM-2:00 PM

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

    • Everyone

    Marty the Moose, the Academy’s pun-ny four-legged storyteller, loves a good book and invites visitors to celebrate science and stories! Let Marty be your tour guide through North American Hall.

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  • Story Time with Marty

    Monday, April 30, 2018

    11:00 AM-12:00 PM

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

    • Everyone

    Laugh along with Marty the Moose as he shares his April book club choice. Join Marty, his favorite humans, and a live animal guest for this special story time. Pick up a copy of the book in the gift shop and Marty will sign it for you!

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  • Read to a Reptile

    Tuesday, May 1, 2018

    2:00 PM-4:00 PM

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

    • Everyone

    Grab a book, pull up a chair, and practice your reading with the live animals of Outside In. Teach a turtle, hang out with our listening lizards, and share a story with a snake.

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  • Moose on the Loose Tour & Story Time

    Thursday, May 3, 2018

    1:00 PM-2:00 PM

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

    • Everyone

    Marty the Moose, the Academy’s pun-ny four-legged storyteller, loves a good book and invites visitors to celebrate science and stories! Let Marty be your tour guide through North American Hall.

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  • Crocs Closing Weekend

    Saturday, May 5, 2018

    10:00 AM-5:00 PM

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

    • Everyone

    Come join us this weekend to celebrate the terrifying, scaly, and toothy live crocodilians in Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World one last time. Revel in their remarkable and ferocious adaptations, build your own crocodile, and see how you measure up against these brutal beasts. Check out our live animal shows featuring some of the closest relatives of crocodilians, and find out what you can do to help preserve their natural habitat. Sink your teeth in before they are gone!

    Auditorium Show: Crocodile Kin
    11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

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  • Crocs Closing Weekend

    Sunday, May 6, 2018

    10:00 AM-5:00 PM

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

    • Everyone

    Come join us this weekend to celebrate the terrifying, scaly, and toothy live crocodilians in Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World one last time. Revel in their remarkable and ferocious adaptations, build your own crocodile, and see how you measure up against these brutal beasts. Check out our live animal shows featuring some of the closest relatives of crocodilians, and find out what you can do to help preserve their natural habitat. Sink your teeth in before they are gone!

    Auditorium Show: Crocodile Kin
    11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

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  • Story Time with Marty

    Monday, May 7, 2018

    11:00 AM-12:00 PM

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

    • Everyone

    Laugh along with Marty the Moose as he shares his May book club choice. Join Marty, his favorite humans, and a live animal guest for this special story time. Pick up a copy of the book in the gift shop and Marty will sign it for you!

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