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Summer/Fall at the Academy

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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
Friday, September 27, 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:

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:

  • September 27, 2019 (Friday) 
  • October 25, 2019 (Friday)
  • November 29, 2019 (Friday)

Click here to learn more about Dinos After Dark.

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Dino-mite Summer
July 1-August 31

During Dino-mite Summer, meet living dinosaurs (you call them birds), uncover your inner paleontologist with fossil-themed make and takes, take a closer look at incredible specimens, or share a belly laugh with Marty the Moose during story time. All activities are free with admission. No reservation needed! 

Dino-mite Summer 2019 Activities (July 1-August 31): 

2:30 Naturalist Presentation
Weekdays, 2:30 p.m.

From feathers and jewels to bugs, dinosaurs, fossils and live animals, natural science is full of surprises! Learn nature’s secrets through these informal and interactive presentations.

Mondays - Up Close With Live Butterflies
Tuesdays - My Cousin, the Dinosaur
Wednesdays - How to Prepare a Fossil
Thursdays - Bug Appétit Invertebrate Feeding
Fridays - Training an Animal

Mondays With Marty
Mondays, 1 p.m.

Marty the Moose loves nothing more than a story time spent entertaining the crowds with his terrible jokes and goofy sense of humor. Join Marty and his favorite humans to hear a special story and meet a live animal.

Summer Science Specimen Station
Tuesdays and Sundays, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.–close

Use cutting-edge technology to explore the finer details of everything from fossils to frogs at this interactive cart!

Science Now
Tuesdays–Thursdays, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Science Now is an interactive, hands-on look at current science news! Visitors of all ages can find our enthusiastic volunteers ready to chat about news related to climate change, evolution, biodiversity, extinction and water. Drop by for a brief activity or conversation!

Investigation Station
Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.

In July, learn how water pollution affects the landscape and brainstorm ideas to help preserve and protect our water sources.
In August, investigate buggy behavior and learn how to design an experiment with a live colony of animals.

Fossil Fun Make-and-Take
Saturdays and Sundays, 1 p.m.–5 p.m.

Dig deep and get messy with a rotating series of make-and-takes designed to help you discover your inner paleontologist. From fossil jacketing to mini-digs to building your own tiny dino, you never know what fun you’ll excavate.

Click here to learn more about Dino-mite Summer!

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Access to Science: Opening Doors to Autism
Sunday, October 27, 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, October 27, 2019
  • Saturday, November 9, 2019
  • Friday, December 27, 2019
  • Sunday, January 26, 2020
  • Sunday, February 22, 2020

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.

Dinos Around the World

Embark on a globetrotting expedition around Pangea, where dinosaurs reign throughout the land. Dinosaurs Around the World introduces visitors to more than a dozen animatronic dinosaurs on a voyage from the ferocious plains of Africa and the tropical beaches of Antarctica, to the inland seas of North America and the polar darkness of Australia. Find out how continental drift, sea level fluctuations and volcanic activity allowed dinosaurs to disperse to all corners of the globe. Learn about paleontological research, touch fossil casts, discover and name your own dinosaur, investigate what dinosaurs may have looked like in life and find modern-day dinosaurs right in your own backyard!

Dinosaurs Around the World Tickets (prices in addition to General Admission)

  • $7 – nonmembers
  • $4 – Individual and Family members
  • FREE – Family Plus members and above



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! 

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.