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Visit the Academy

 

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Plan Your Visit

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

Plan Your Visit

students look at dinosaur bones

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: Waxing Weather

    Thursday, September 23, 2021

    5:30 PM-6:30 PM

    This is a live virtual event that will take place on zoom.

    • Everyone

    Join us for a virtual live happy hour with NBC10 meteorologist Steve Sosna.

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  • Junior Scientist Workshop Series: What’s Down the Shore?

    Saturday, September 25, 2021

    10:00 AM-12:00 PM

    1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103

    • Everyone

    Why do we all like going to the beach? Shorelines are some of the most popular places for people to live and relax, but there’s so much more on the shore!

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  • Parkway Pals: National Comic Book Day Celebration

    Saturday, September 25, 2021

    11:00 AM-12:00 PM

    Sister Cities Park

    • Everyone

    Join the Academy in celebrating National Comic Book Day during Parkway Pals Family Saturdays on September 25, 2021. Find out all about some animal superheroes and their amazing superpowers.

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  • 14th Annual Members’ Night

    Friday, October 1, 2021

    3:00 PM-9:00 PM

    1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19103

    • Everyone

    Academy members are invited to explore the museum and Academy science during members-only hours on Friday, October 1, 3–9 p.m.

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  • Ask the Scientists: Secrets of the Museum

    Saturday, October 2, 2021

    10:00 AM-10:30 AM

    This is a live virtual event that will be held on Zoom.

    • Everyone

    Kids are invited to lead this conversation! Ask our scientists and educators everything you’ve always wanted to know about the museum or the work they do.

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  • Pop-up Lab: Parks on Tap at Fairmount Water Works

    Saturday, October 2, 2021

    10:00 AM-3:00 PM

    Fairmount Water Water Works 40 Waterworks Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19130

    • Everyone

    Let’s talk science! Stop by the Academy of Natural Sciences Pop-up Lab and learn fun ways to explore science and learn something new about our world.

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  • Dioramas of the Anthropocene

    Sunday, October 3, 2021

    11:00 AM-12:30 PM

    1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19103

    • Everyone

    Employing the Academy’s collection of habitat displays as a platform for conversation, this event will explore artistic strategies behind the opera-performance Sun & Sea, widely celebrated as one of the most compelling artworks to address the climate crisis to date.

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  • Paleo Playdate: October 6

    Wednesday, October 6, 2021

    10:15 AM-11:15 AM

    1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19103

    • Everyone

    Calling curious kiddos! Grab your favorite plastic dinosaur, stuffed animal or toy bug and join us at the Academy for a playful preschool party.

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  • Secrets of the Diorama

    Thursday, October 7, 2021

    7:30 PM-8:30 PM

    This is a live virtual event that will be held on Zoom.

    • Everyone

    Explore the Academy’s renowned dioramas, comparing these unique time capsules from the 1930s and 1950s to modern day habitats.

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  • Outside In: Around the World

    Saturday, October 9, 2021

    10:00 AM-10:30 AM

    This is a live virtual event that will be held on Zoom.

    • Everyone

    Kids can enjoy a virtual trip around the world with Academy scientists and educators. We’ll explore the unique native habitats of our resident animal ambassadors.

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