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Academy Happenings

The Academy is open! 

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We are so excited to be welcoming visitors again! 

Current Hours

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

Click here for more details and FAQs about our current safety protocols. 

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Microsculpture: The Insect Portraits of Levon Biss

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Microsculpture: The Insect Portraits of Levon Biss is a groundbreaking project that presents insect specimens from the Oxford University Museum of Natural History like never before. British photographer Levon Biss’ images reveal an unexpected and often breathtaking beauty that brings to life the many intricate adaptations of an insect’s form — what entomologists call their microsculpture.

Learn more about Microsculpture.


Night in the Museum

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$65 non-members/$60 members/$89 VIP (Very Important Paleontologist)
Discounts available for groups of 10 or more
7 p.m.–9 a.m.; check-in begins at 6:30 p.m.
Ages 6–12; one adult required per three children

Experience the Academy’s towering dinosaurs — including T. rex — after dark! Your action-packed night at the museum barely leaves room for shut-eye. Sleep next to roaring lions, stalking tigers or ancient dinosaurs. Explore every corner of the Academy’s famous exhibits, including The Big Dig and Outside In. Enjoy a fascinating live animal show.

Hang out with your fellow explorers and enjoy delicious snacks, breakfast and coffee. Check out awesome specimens, do hands-on experiments and see the museum as you never have before. What will you discover after dark?

Night in the Museum is perfect for scout groups, birthday parties, kids’ clubs, sports team retreats and more. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more; please contact reservations@ansp.org or 215-299-1060 for details.

Full payment is due upon registration. Refund requests made after registration ends are subject to a $20 per ticket fee. Night in the Museum is appropriate for groups and families with children ages 6–12. One adult is required per three children. Digital permission forms will be sent after registration.

Standard Tickets

VIP Tickets

Learn more about Night in the Museum.


Mask Mornings

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Mask Morning Hours: 10 a.m.–noon

Special Mask-required Members-only Hour: 9–10 a.m.

While masks are typically optional in the Academy galleries, the Academy is offering Mask Mornings twice each month to welcome visitors who prefer or need a masked environment. Mask up and visit our dinosaurs, dioramas and special exhibits on the following mornings:

  • Saturday, December 10


Science Storytime

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Join us one weekend each month on Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m.

Have some fun with Academy educators and other young natural history fans for a very special science story time.

Each week will feature a science story and a hands-on craft to try.

Learn More about Science StoryTime.


Outside In

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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.


Birthday Parties at the Academy

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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.


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.