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Visit the Academy

Due to the current COVID-19 guidelines released by the City of Philadelphia, the Academy of Natural Sciences is currently closed to the public. We miss you, and we look forward to seeing you again in the museum in 2021. In the meantime, we encourage you to join us virtually for events and programs with our scientists, educators and experts.  

When you return, 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.

Explore Field Trips

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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

  • A Shaker of Science: Loÿc Vanderkluysen

    Thursday, December 3, 2020

    5:30 PM-6:30 PM

    This is a virtual event. You will receive Zoom information upon registration.

    • Everyone

    Join us for a virtual live happy hour and unwind with Drexel volcanologist Loÿc Vanderkluysen as he shares stories of science and adventure.

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  • Small Actions for Kids: Growing Great

    Saturday, December 5, 2020

    10:00 AM-10:30 AM

    This is a live virtual event held on Zoom.

    • Everyone

    Did you know the plants you grow in your outdoor space provide a home and food for insects and other animals? Join Academy educators and scientists to learn how you can take small actions to spark big changes in your community! This event is developed for children and their families, but all are welcome to make positive changes for a healthier planet.

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  • Spark Change: Rain Gardens and Rain Barrels

    Tuesday, December 8, 2020

    4:00 PM-5:00 PM

    This is a live virtual event held on Zoom.

    • Everyone

    Stormwater runoff can rush nitrogen and phosphorus pollutants from our yards into our waterways. Talk with the experts and learn practical steps you can take to mitigate this serious problem and protect our drinking water and the living things that rely on healthy ecosystems.

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  • Door 19: Dino Night

    Friday, December 11, 2020

    7:00 PM-8:30 PM

    This is an online event.

    • Everyone

    Remember the “before-times”? Before Zoom, before social distancing, before a giant asteroid slammed into the Gulf of Mexico and wiped out 75% of terrestrial life? Yeah, we don’t either. But a bunch of really smart people at the museum insist that it existed! So, let’s take a night off to be kids again.

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  • Junior Scientist Virtual Workshop: Do Birds Say Brrrrr?

    Saturday, December 12, 2020

    10:00 AM-11:30 AM

    This is an online event.

    • Everyone

    Join us for a virtual workshop with hands on activities designed to be done at home with easy-to-find supplies.

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  • Bee Hotels and Bat Houses

    Tuesday, December 15, 2020

    4:00 PM-5:00 PM

    This is a live virtual event held on Zoom.

    • Everyone

    Explore the benefits provided by pollinators like bees and bats. Talk with the experts and learn practical steps you can take to encourage more pollinators in your area. You may even dust off your tools and create something amazing for these vulnerable creatures.

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  • Small Actions for Kids: Protecting Pollinators

    Saturday, December 19, 2020

    10:00 AM-10:30 AM

    This is a live virtual event held on Zoom.

    • Everyone
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  • Spark Change: Become a Creek Watcher

    Tuesday, December 22, 2020

    4:00 PM-5:00 PM

    This is a live virtual event held on Zoom.

    • Everyone

    If you’ve been looking for a meaningful way to participate in community science, join Academy scientists and DRWI partners to explore the creek watcher program. Naturalists of all ages are invited to learn more about how amateur scientists are conducting research and advocating for clean waterways.

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  • Winter Science Week: Dino-Dough

    Sunday, December 27, 2020

    10:00 AM-10:30 AM

    This is an online event. It will be hosted on Zoom.

    • Everyone

    Grab some clay or Model Magic, or whip up a batch of easy salt dough (recipe here!) and build a dinosaur along with Academy Educator Amy Hoyt. Learn how dinosaurs were perfectly adapted to their environments and how their anatomy helped them survive or doomed them to extinction as you mold a dinosaur with your own hands.

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  • Winter Science Week: Dino-Dough

    Tuesday, December 29, 2020

    10:00 AM-10:30 AM

    This is an online event. It will be hosted on Zoom.

    • Everyone

    Grab some clay or Model Magic, or whip up a batch of easy salt dough (recipe here!) and build a dinosaur along with Academy Educator Amy Hoyt. Learn how dinosaurs were perfectly adapted to their environments and how their anatomy helped them survive or doomed them to extinction as you mold a dinosaur with your own hands.

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