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Live Animals at the Academy

You can meet live animals at the Academy every day! Get up close to birds, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates on your next visit! Join us for our daily Meet the Animals presentations and even get a chance to touch some of our live animals in Outside In!

Meet the Animals

Meet the furry, feathered, and scaly residents of the museum’s Live Animal Center, and explore their behaviors, adaptations, and ecosystems. The museum's Live Animal Center supports over 100 individual animal ambassadors and several colonies of invertebrates. Cared for by a team of full-time keepers, they make thousands of program appearances annually.

11 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.

Saturday and Sunday
11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Location: Auditorium or Science Live
25–30 minutes
All ages welcome

Learn more about Meet the Animals.

Outside In

Designed for children ages 3–8 and their parents, Outside In is a warm, welcoming place where inquisitive youngsters can investigate a forest, visit the seashore, see and touch live animals, and much more.

Learn more about Outside In.

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Dinos After Dark
June 28, 2019

Join us for Dinos After Dark and enjoy pay-what-you-wish admission, family activities and the Dino Drafts Beer Garden in Dinosaur Hall!   

At Dinos After Dark:

  • Visit Outside In, do a scavenger hunt and meet some of our amazing live animals and buggy boarders
  • Immerse yourself in our tropical butterfly house
  • Observe our technicians preparing real specimens in the Fossil Prep Lab
  • Purchase drinks and food from the Academy Beer Garden: Dino Drafts 
  • For faster check-in, pre-register for the next event today!

Auditorium Show: Meet the Dinos
5:30 and 7 p.m.

Get close to the modern dinosaur relatives of today! Some are feathered, some are scaly, and all claim lineage to the ancient reptiles that used to walk the earth. Meet the residents of the museum’s Live Animal Center and explore their behaviors, adaptations and ecosystems. The museum's Live Animal Center supports over 100 individual animal ambassadors and several colonies of invertebrates.

Dinosaurs Around the World Are Coming…Here!

From the towering, roaring dinosaurs on the Parkway to the giant fossils on display in Dinosaur Hall, this edition of Dinos After Dark is a celebration of all things prehistoric! Talk to fossil preparators in the fossil prep lab, chat with academy paleontology experts and touch real fossils at a special education station, and definitely don’t miss your chance to be the first to take a selfie with our newest dino residents outside on the Parkway BEFORE Dinosaurs Around the World opens on June 30.

Dinos Drafts Beer Garden

12th St. Catering and the Academy of Natural Sciences are excited to offer Dino Drafts: The Academy Beer Garden inside the museum’s famous Dinosaur Hall during Dinos After Dark. Come warm up inside, play board games, purchase a drink, and enjoy mouthwatering bites (think tacos!) at the foot of a 40-foot-long T. rex and its prehistoric friends.  Partial proceeds from Dino Drafts: The Academy Beer Garden benefit the Academy of Natural Sciences.

Upcoming Dinos After Dark Dates:

  • June 28, 2019 (Friday)
  • July 24, 2019 (Wednesday)
  • August 23, 2019 (Friday)
  • September 27, 2019 (Friday)

Click here to learn more about Dinos After Dark.

summer camp

Summer Camp
Registration now open!

Academy Science Camp invites campers, ages 5-12, to learn about natural science at Philly's Dinosaur Museum. Each week of camp explores an exciting new theme such as dinosaurs, insects, or superheroes and features an off-site field trip! Summer Camp starts July 8.

Click here for more details about Academy Summer Camp.



While the winter weather arrives outside, it's always 85 degrees in our Butterflies! exhibit! See tropical butterflies from Central and South America, East Africa, and Southeast Asia, with 20-40 different species in the exhibit daily! 

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Access to Science: Opening Doors to Autism
Saturday, July 14, 2019

Visitors on the autism spectrum and their families are invited to experience the museum before the crowds. You can visit with the dinosaurs, explore our children’s discovery center Outside In, see our special Dinosaurs Around the World exhibit and wander through the dioramas at your own pace. 

Preregistration is required (same-day registration is available onsite). If you would like to attend, please contact our visitor services department at 215-299-1060 or Please provide the following information: contact name, email, phone, total number of attendees, number of children and their ages. To ensure a positive experience, space is limited!

Upcoming Access to Science Dates:

  • Sunday, July 14, 2019
  • Sunday, August 25, 2019

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Click here for more details about our Access to Science program.

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Door 19: Traditional Medicinals 
Thursday, June 13, 2019, 6–9 p.m.

Get high on science and nature during an adults-only evening at the Academy of Natural Sciences. Mellow out with us under the light of the lava lamp as we take a (legal) look at the interplay of plants and people. Dig out your tie-dye t-shirt and birks for a night of far-out fun with a side of serious science. Flower power!

  • Enjoy the fruits of fermentation at the open bar
  • Go green in our world-renowned Botany Collection or experience the power of "healing" crystals in our rarely opened Mineral Vault
  • Move to the groovy live tunes of Pilar and Eric Rivera
  • Make and take your own herbal cough drops and learn about the history of medicine and candy with Philadelphia’s famous Shane Confectionery
  • Taste chocolate and learn about the therapeutic benefits of eating it every day (hooray!)
  • Meet the far-out farmers and mushroom enthusiasts from Mycopolitan  
  • Strive for sustainability with unexpected plant-based products
  • Enjoy the plant life in the Butterflies! exhibit
  • Satisfy your munchies with great food from our exclusive caterer, 12th St. Catering (vegetarian options available)
  • And … did we mention the open bar?


April 12–May 29 - $65 Public/$55 Members/$60 Drexel Alumni
May 30–June 4 - $75 Public/$65 Members/$65 Drexel Alumni
June 5–June 13 - $85 Public/$65 Members/$65 Drexel Alumni

hadrosaurus drawing by christopher dipiazza

Drawn to Dinosaurs

Drawn to Dinosaurs delves into the science and art of visualizing a living animal based on fragmentary fossils. This intimate exhibit illustrates what scientists can deduce from the fossil record when creating a reconstruction of a skeleton or model and what they must look to artists to interpret. The centerpiece is a full cast of the plant-eating dinosaur Hadrosaurus foulkii, discovered in 1858 in Haddonfield, NJ. The Academy created a full cast of this duck-billed dinosaur and put it on display in 1868, becoming the first place in the world where the public could go to see a dinosaur. Now it’s back.

The current life-size drawing of Hadrosaurus is done by paleo-artist Christopher DiPiazza, who created his drawing during our February Paleopalooza event. See it today!

Click here to learn more about Drawn to Dinosaurs.

Dinosaur Hall

Dinosaur Hall

It’s one of the first things visitors see when they enter the Academy of Natural Sciences: measuring up to 42 feet in length and weighing in at an estimated 7.5 tons, Tyrannosaurus rex was one of the largest predators to ever walk the Earth. This impressive animal is one of many dinosaurs and other Mesozoic creatures you’ll encounter in Dinosaur Hall. More than 30 species are represented, about half of which are full skeletal mounts, including Avaceratops, Chasmosaurus, Corythosaurus, Deinonychus, Pachycephalosaurus, Tenontosaurus, and Tylosaurus.