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Fall at the Academy

Survival of the Slowest 

Lulu the Sloth

Do animals always need to be the strongest, the biggest and the fastest to survive? Or can it sometimes be advantageous to be small or slow? Just ask a tortoise! In Survival of the Slowest, meet animals that have survived for millions of years despite being very slow, and learn about the puzzling sides of evolution and adaptation. Meet live animals, including a two-toed sloth, tarantula, chameleon and horned frog. Meet a tortoise, iguana, snake, hedgehog or gecko, catch live animal feedings and more!

New Exhibit: Wildlife Photographer of the Year

© Ralf Schneider/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Wildlife Photographer of the Year harnesses the power of photography to promote the discovery, understanding and responsible enjoyment of the natural world. Organized and produced by the Natural History Museum in London, it is one of the longest running and most prestigious photography competitions in the world. The exhibit of 100 winning images features the world’s best nature photography and wildlife photojournalism. These stunning photographs tell thought-provoking stories about our planet that prompt us to think differently about the natural world and the future we want to create.

We highly recommend purchasing all tickets online for a low-touch entry. In order for us to maintain a 25% building occupancy at all times, we will be selling tickets based on visitor time slots. Guests will need to purchase a ticket for the reserved time. Click here for frequently asked questions related to ticketing and safety protocols.

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

Academy members, click here to reserve your tickets.

Fourth Annual Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival
September 23–27, 2020

Philadelphia Environmental Film Fest logo

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is proud to be a lead sponsor of the 2020 Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival. For the first time, the Festival will be entirely virtual, with 13 curated programs consisting of 50 films, panel discussions and filmmaker Q&As—all available for viewing from your own home.

Ticket information:

$30 Unlimited Pass (Unlocks all 13 programs & Extras) or
$12 Single Ticket to the Program of your Choosing 

Tickets can be purchased here:

Academy scientists, staff and friends of the Academy will appear in panel discussions and filmmaker Q&As for the following films:

Click here to explore all 13 Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival programs.

Watch the festival trailer:

The Academy is open! 

reopening guidelines 

We are so excited to be welcoming visitors again! 

Regular Hours (starting July 31 until further notice)

General Public: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
Members only: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays

Your safety is our priority and we currently have:

  • Enhanced cleaning protocols
  • Timed ticketing and reduced capacity
  • Required face coverings for visitors over 3

Click here for more details and FAQs about reopening. 

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New! 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

kids doing science craft

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.