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Academy Happenings

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Current Hours

Weekday Hours: 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Wednesday - Friday
Weekend Hours: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday - Sunday

Double The Science! New Discount Offer with The Franklin Institute

Two Buildings, the Academy of Natural Sciences and the Franklin Institute

Valid Period: Monday, May 6, 2024 – Sunday, August 4, 2024
Discount expires August 4, 2024.

Visitors can receive $5 off admission to the Academy of Natural Sciences when they show their proof of purchase from The Franklin Institute.

Proof of purchase must show date of visit between May 6 and August 4, 2024. Offer valid for 30 days after date of visit to The Franklin Institute through and including August 4, 2024.

This offer is valid for up to a total of 4 Adult and/or Child tickets, only available at the Admissions Desk. Recipient must provide a valid email address.

Offer cannot be combined with other discounts, including $10 Tuesdays during the summer.

Please note museum hours differ: The Academy of Natural Sciences is open Wednesday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Saturday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Franklin Institute is open daily, 9:30am – 5pm.

$10 Tuesdays

$10 Tuesdays

Experience everything the Academy has to offer — including our limited-time special exhibitions — for just $10 per person!

Enjoy Dinosaur Hall, Outside In and our dioramas from around the world. Learn all about the incredible discovery of Tiktaalik roseaeLife Onto Land, features the original holotype specimen of Tiktaalik roseae and a newly commissioned Tiktaalik model by Tyler Keillor. See enchanting drawings by Spanish artist Aina Bestard, breathtaking footage of Arctic and Antarctic research sites and the vivid scientific illustrations of Scott Rawlins.

Visit Under The Canopy: Animals of the Rainforest and learn about unique plants and rainforest ecology as you encounter a live sloth, boa constrictor and other animals that call these habitats home.

Discover something you’ve never seen before, make some memories with your family and save money all summer long on $10 Tuesdays!

Bug Fest

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August 10-11
10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Join us at the Academy of Natural Sciences for a wild weekend celebrating more than a few of our favorite (invertebrate) things.

Enjoy scientist-guided Bug Walks on the Parkway and our famous Roach Races or discover your love for something surprising like the unexpected insect biodiversity of your local park. Explore specimens from the Academy’s world-class Entomology Collection, including recently discovered beetles, bees and butterflies. “Ask the Experts” at scientist meet-and-greets for all ages. Talk with Academy researchers and fellow bug enthusiasts to find out how their passion for all things invertebrate impacts and shapes our communities. And check out the new marketplace that will highlight local artists and artisans.

Bug Fest is included with general admission to the Academy.

Learn more about Bug Fest.

rECOnnect: Summer Nature Challenge at Cobbs Creek Park

A group of hands holding each other: rECOnnect summer nature challenge

Saturday, August 24, 2024
10:00 AM-2:00 PM

Please join the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University for the next professional networking event in the rECOnnect series: the Summer Nature Challenge.

Gather together with like-minded naturalists, scientists, conservationists and anyone who wants to learn more about our local ecology. We will swap nature stories and identify plants, birds, mammals, insects and other organisms using iNaturalist. No experience necessary! Experts from the Academy and other scientific organizations will be on site to demonstrate what to look for and how to identify what we see.

The Summer Nature Challenge will be held at Cobbs Creek Park on August 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Meet and network with other partners, peers and professionals from all over the Philly area. The goal of rECOnnect is to inform and build a local movement of environmentally engaged communities for a healthy, sustainable and equitable planet.

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Under The Canopy: Animals of the Rainforest

A sloth hanging from a branch. 'Under the Canopy'

February 17–September 2, 2024

Travel to the most diverse ecosystem on the planet! Under the Canopy: Animals of the Rainforest is an immersive exhibition introducing you to the fascinating world of rainforests and the animals that inhabit them. Learn about unique plants and rainforest ecology as you encounter a live sloth, boa constrictor and other animals that call these habitats home. Think big about the importance of rainforests to the planet as you explore interactive discovery stations, dynamic displays and engaging programming. Under the Canopy will leave you with knowledge and actions you can take — from choosing the best coffee to growing the right garden plants — to support healthier rainforest ecosystems and become an advocate for conservation.

All exhibits are included with the purchase of a general admission ticket.

Learn more about Under the Canopy.

Life Onto Land: The Devonian

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November 11, 2023–September 29, 2024

You’ve likely heard of the Jurassic and the Cretaceous, but do you know about the Devonian? With its incredible diversity of terrestrial life, this fascinating period in geological history — hundreds of millions of years before the age of the dinosaurs — was pivotal in shaping the world as we know it today. All vertebrates living on land, including humans, stem from the remarkable creatures that began the move onto land in the Devonian Period. 

Life Onto Land: The Devonian centers around the Academy’s internationally celebrated paleontological research and the incredible discovery of Tiktaalik roseae. Unearthed in 2004 on Ellesmere Island in the Canadian Arctic territory of Nunavut, this transitional fossil has been critical in piecing together a picture of how fins became limbs — or, of how terrestrial, limbed vertebrates arose from aquatic, lobe-finned ancestors. 

This new exhibition features the original holotype specimen of Tiktaalik roseae and a newly commissioned Tiktaalik model by Tyler Keillor. See enchanting drawings by Spanish artist Aina Bestard, breathtaking footage of Arctic and Antarctic research sites and the vivid scientific illustrations of Scott Rawlins. Experience the stunning plant and animal fossils collected from Devonian rock found here in Pennsylvania and around the world.  

Life Onto Land reveals the diverse marine, freshwater swamp and terrestrial ecosystems of this period, as well as the amazing scientific discoveries of the Academy’s team of paleontologists who continue to contribute to our understanding of this transformational time in our planet’s history. 

All exhibits are included with the purchase of a general admission ticket.

Learn more about Life Onto Land.

Academy Science Camp

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Monday-Friday, June 24-August 30, 2024
For kids ages 6–10
9 a.m.–4 p.m. each day

Spend your summer at the Academy with our fun educators, cool exhibits and wild science! Sign up for one week or sign up for them all; each day will feature hands-on activities, creative crafts and untold secrets of the museum. Learn about the naturally awesome science at the Academy, from fossils and dinosaurs to bugs, birds and botanicals! Get outside for lunch and explore the urban environment around the Academy. Meet live animals, see rare specimens and explore the museum as you never have before.

This program features small group activities. New topics will be explored every day. Bring home useful make-and-takes and practice your science skills with experiments and projects. Chill out as you take in a special show, or look alive when you meet our animal ambassadors. What will you discover about the world?

More information on camp policies and procedures below. Contact Mary Bailey, manager of mediated experiences, for any additional information, at

Learn more about Academy Science Camp

Field Trips

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Whether you prefer a structured visit complete with lessons taught by Academy educators, or you’d like time to explore the museum on your own, we promise that our interactive field trip ideas will make your experience memorable. Museum exhibits are engaging for groups of all ages, from preschoolers to elementary schoolchildren and beyond. In Dinosaur Hall, stroll beneath towering fossil skeletons, examine dinosaur anatomy up close and see real fossils being prepared. Travel the globe through our ever-popular dioramas, visit our special exhibits and touch real specimens as you chat with Academy educators. Meet the Academy’s live animals and learn about animal adaptations, or watch an experiment and get the facts on climate and weather in exciting live stage shows!

Learn more about Academy Field Trips.

Birthday Parties at the Academy

A teal dinosaur head with other science specimens of different colors with the text 'Party with the Big Guys'

With a T. rex that has celebrated millions of birthdays, the Academy really knows how to throw a party!

Celebrate your child’s special day in a one-of-a-kind way! We offer theme parties for kids who love dinosaurs, butterflies, and bugs. Basic parties and add-on options are available. Members also save!

Click here to explore birthday parties at the Academy.

Sensory-friendly Mornings

Sensory Friendly Mornings

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9 a.m.-11 a.m.

Sensory-friendly mornings can be a comfortable, calmer way for museum visitors, especially those with sensory sensitivities, to explore the museum. These mornings will include:

  • Advanced ticketing to help avoid lines
  • Smaller crowds
  • More tranquil sounds in exhibitions whenever possible, with soundscapes and roaring dinosaurs softened or turned off
  • An available quiet and relaxing space
  • Time to explore our signature and special exhibits and wander through the dioramas at your own pace.
  • Noise cancelling headphones and fidget toys available for guests
  • Understanding, empathetic staff ready to help and share science with you!

Guests of all ages are welcome at this family-friendly event!

Preregistration is required to ensure a calm, positive experience for all guests. While guests will not be turned away if capacity allows, we strongly recommend reserving your ticket in advance due to the popularity of this program and to help all our families avoid lines.

Learn more about Sensory-friendly Mornings.

Outside In

young boy looking at fish tank 

Inquisitive minds of all ages can investigate animal habitats, explore science and the natural world and discover how we all have a role to play in our ecosystem. 

All exhibits are included in general admission.

Self Guided Tours

Dinosaur Hall

Down the Hall and Around the World Self-Guided Family Expedition Tours

Free with admission; pick up onsite or download at home.

Ready to embark on an expedition? When you visit the Academy, grab a brand new, free self-guided tour to take a closer look at Dinosaur Hall, North American Hall, and African and Asian Halls.

Explore each exhibit at your own pace. The answers will be right before your eyes or printed in the labels, so have some fun on this expedition and travel to a whole new world in the halls of the Academy. What will you discover today?
Like to preplan your route? Download the guides here!

Science From Home

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Visit our Science From Home page for simple science activities, coloring pages, outdoor activities to explore the nature around you, and more! We are constantly adding and changing the contents of this page, so check back often!

Click here for 50+ activities to try from home.