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Winter/Spring at the Academy

fantastic fungi

POSTPONED - This event will be rescheduled for a later date.
Fantastic Fungi
presented by Philadelphia Environmental Film Fest and The Academy of Natural Sciences
Special Global Event Preview Screening

Fantastic Fungi, directed by Louie Schwartzberg, is a consciousness-shifting film that takes us on an immersive journey through time and scale into the magical earth beneath our feet, an underground network that can heal and save our planet. Through the eyes of renowned scientists and mycologists like Paul Stamets, best-selling authors Michael Pollan, Eugenia Bone, Andrew Weil and others, we become aware of the beauty, intelligence and solutions the fungi kingdom offer us in response to some of our most pressing medical, therapeutic, and environmental challenges.

On March 26th, 2020, Fantastic Fungi Day is bringing the fungi kingdom and all of its inspiration and beauty above ground for a one-of-a-kind immersive consciousness-shifting screening event that will interconnect global communities as we mirror the wisdom of the underground mycelium network and connect with one another. 

Fantastic Fungi will screen in 500+ venues across the globe including a not to be missed conversation with award-winning Director  Louie Schwartzberg, renowned Mycologist  Paul Stamets and other luminary special guests. Screenings in host towns and cities include New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, London, Paris, Sydney, Melbourne, Sao Paulo, Panama City, Mexico City, Vancouver, Toronto, Tokyo, and many more. 

Watch the trailer:

Learn more about the film:

kids doing science craft

Spring Break Camp
April 9, 10, 13, and 14, 2020

Spring Camp at the Academy is truly one-of-a-kind. Where else in Philadelphia can you meet real scientists and touch scientific specimens off-limits to everyday visitors? Each day includes a live presentation by one of the Academy’s teacher-naturalists, an exploration of our exhibits (including Survival of the Slowest, Outside In, Butterflies! and the Big Dig) and "campers-only" games, crafts, and activities. Kids can:

  • Spend the day getting to know dinosaurs, bugs and live animals.
  • Discover what it takes to be a slow survivor in our new changing exhibit, Survival of the Slowest.
  • Learn more about the environment with hands-on crafts and activities.
  • Perform experiments just like a real scientist and learn about the science taking place behind-the-scenes at the Academy every day!

Click here for more details and to register!

sloth birthday decorations

Birthday Parties at the Academy

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! Not a member? Join today.

All Birthday Parties:

  • Are for children ages 3 and up
  • Are two hours long
  • Are available at 10:30 a.m. or 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays
  • Include a private party room and expert Academy Birthday Host
  • Feature all-day museum access and private party tour
  • Offer printable party invitations

Choose from four different birthday party options:

  • Dino Brick Deluxe Party
  • Deluxe Sloth Party
  • Theme Birthday Party (choose from dinosaur, butterfly, animal, or bug)
  • Basic Birthday Party

Book your party today! Call 215-299-1060 or email

Click here to visit our Birthday Party page for pricing and more details.

access to science

Access to Science: Opening Doors to Autism
Saturday, May 2, 2020

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, 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:

  • Saturday, May 2, 2020
  • Sunday, June 7, 2020
  • Saturday, July 11, 2020
  • Sunday, August 23, 2020
  • Saturday, September 26, 2020
  • Saturday, October 24, 2020
  • Sunday, November 18, 2020
  • Tuesday, December 29, 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.

summer camp

Summer Camp

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!

Register BEFORE January 31 and receive $35 off each week of camp purchased per child.
Register BEFORE April 1 and receive $25 off each week of summer camp purchased per child.

Click here for more details and to register.

dinos after dark

Dinos After Dark
March 20, 2020

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 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.

Click here to learn more about Dinos After Dark.



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! 

sleeping sloth

Survival of the Slowest 

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. Touch a tortoise, iguana, snake, hedgehog or gecko, catch live animal feedings and more!

Survival of the Slowest Tickets (prices in addition to general admission)

  • $5 – nonmembers
  • $3 – Individual and Family members
  • FREE – Family Plus members and above

Member? Click here to learn how to get discounted tickets.

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.