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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

  • Fossil Fun Make and Take

    Sunday, July 21, 2019

    1:00 PM-5:00 PM

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

    • Everyone

    Dig deep and get messy with a rotating series of make-and-takes designed to help you discover your inner paleontologist. From fossil jacketing to mini-digs to building your own tiny dino, you never know what fun you’ll excavate.

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  • Summer Camp: Dino-lympics (July 22-26)

    Monday, July 22, 2019

    9:00 AM-4:00 PM

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

    • Everyone

    How do you compare to the dinosaurs? Find out during this dino-tacular week. Create your own dinosaur feathers, inspect real fossils, design a dinosaur mascot and even race a raptor. This week features a field trip to meet some live dinosaur cousins in their modern-day homes!

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  • Mondays with Marty

    Monday, July 22, 2019

    1:00 PM-1:30 PM

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

    • Everyone

    Marty the Moose loves nothing more than a story time spent entertaining the crowds with his terrible jokes and goofy sense of humor. Join Marty and his favorite humans to hear a special story and meet a live animal.

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  • Summer Science Specimen Station

    Tuesday, July 23, 2019

    10:00 AM-4:30 PM

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

    • Everyone

    Use cutting-edge technology to explore the finer details of everything from fossils to frogs at this interactive cart!

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  • Tiny Tot Explorers: Mushy Gushy Science

    Wednesday, July 24, 2019

    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

    Wednesday, July 24, 2019

    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, family activities and the Dino Drafts Beer Garden in Dinosaur Hall!   

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  • Investigation Station: Water Table Trouble

    Friday, July 26, 2019

    11:00 AM-3:00 PM

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

    • Everyone

    Learn how water pollution affects the landscape and brainstorm ideas to help preserve and protect our water sources.

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  • Investigation Station: Water Table Trouble

    Saturday, July 27, 2019

    11:00 AM-3:00 PM

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

    • Everyone

    Learn how water pollution affects the landscape and brainstorm ideas to help preserve and protect our water sources.

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  • Fossil Fun Make and Take

    Saturday, July 27, 2019

    1:00 PM-5:00 PM

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

    • Everyone

    Dig deep and get messy with a rotating series of make-and-takes designed to help you discover your inner paleontologist. From fossil jacketing to mini-digs to building your own tiny dino, you never know what fun you’ll excavate.

    Read More
  • Fossil Fun Make and Take

    Sunday, July 28, 2019

    1:00 PM-5:00 PM

    Dig deep and get messy with a rotating series of make-and-takes designed to help you discover your inner paleontologist. From fossil jacketing to mini-digs to building your own tiny dino, you never know what fun you’ll excavate.

    Read More
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