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Winter at the Academy

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is excited to welcome you back to the museum on Friday, January 8. We have missed you! Our brand-new exhibit, Permian Monsters: Life Before the Dinosaurs, is open, plus you can visit Wildlife Photographer of the Year through March 14. Click here for answers to your questions about hours, ticketing, what’s open and how we’ll be keeping you safe.

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.

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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Permian Monsters

permian monsters life before dinosaurs  

What did the world look like before the dinosaurs? Step back 290 million years to when bizarre-looking creatures dominated life on land and sea, and dinosaurs had not yet evolved. Permian Monsters blends vivid artwork, amazing fossils and scientifically accurate models of moving beasts to recreate this relatively unknown period when the greatest mass extinction wiped out creatures that will never be discovered. Explore odd-looking sharks, strange reptilelike precursors of mammals, and the vicious predator the giant saber-toothed gorgonopsid. Play paleontologist and dig for fossil casts, enjoy interactive games and more.

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.