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Visiting the Academy

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The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is open! Permian Monsters: Life Before the Dinosaurs, is open, plus you can visit Gideon Mendel: Drowning World. See below for answers to your questions about hours, ticketing, what’s open and how we’ll be keeping you safe.

exterior of the Academy of Natural Sciences 

Hours

Current Hours (Effective July 7)

Wednesday: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Fridays, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Saturdays, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sundays, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Members-only Hour Daily: 9–10 a.m.

What will be open?

What's closed?

The following exhibits and experiences are closed temporarily. We apologize that these visitor favorites are unavailable, but we have chosen to close them temporarily to ensure the safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers.

Tickets

We are offering timed ticketing to help provide a fun and relaxing experience for everyone. 

We highly recommend purchasing your tickets online for a low-touch entry. Your online tickets will be emailed to you as a PDF attachment. When you arrive, we will either scan your tickets off your phone, or you may choose to print your tickets at home and bring them with you.

Tickets may also be purchased at the door.

Your tickets will grant you full access to the museum at one flat fee. This includes Dinosaur Hall, the dioramas, and the special exhibits, including Permian Monsters and Drowning World.

To maintain visitor safety, some of our regular high-touch exhibits are closed at this time; this includes Butterflies!, and The Big Dig. 

There will be no school field trips until further notice. Please check back regularly for status updates on events and programs.

What to expect for your health and safety

To ensure the health and safety of our guests, staff and volunteers, we have carefully developed new health and safety protocols, following guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the  Pennsylvania Department of Health, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, Drexel University, and in consultation with national museum organizations as well as fellow museums around the world, across the nation and in Philadelphia.

If you have had contact with someone with COVID-19 within the past 14 days or if you are experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms, please plan your visit at later date. 

We are committed to these precautions and protocols for as long as necessary:

  • Face-coverings for visitors and staff are required.
  • Advance reservations are highly recommended.
  • Timed ticketing is in place to facilitate contactless transactions.
  • All public spaces and surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected throughout the day.
  • Hand sanitizer stations have been installed throughout the galleries.
  • We have installed plexiglass partitions in admissions and other areas.

Comprehensive health and safety protocols and training are in place for Academy staff.

Exhibits to Explore

New! 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!

The Academy will continue to follow guidance from the state and city. Plans and opening dates are subject to change.

 


Frequently Asked Questions

Here are helpful tips to help you prepare for your visit.

Ticketing

What is a timed ticket?

In order for us to provide a positive experience for visitors and facilitate contactless transactions, we will be selling tickets based on visitor time slots. Guests will need to purchase a ticket for the reserved time.

Timed tickets are available at these intervals:  10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m. 4 p.m. is the last available time slot. Please ensure that your visit begins during your reserved time slot. With our current exhibit offerings, we estimate your length of visit to be around two hours. We recommend you arrive 10 minutes before the start of your visit.

How do I buy a ticket?

We highly recommend purchasing your tickets online for a low-touch entry.  All tickets are timed tickets that will be sent to your email in a PDF attachment. Upon entry to the museum, we will either scan your tickets off your phone, or you may choose to print your tickets at home and bring them with you. 

Here is a video for step-by-step instructions or download instructions here: mobile tickets | desktop tickets

Can I buy a ticket at the door?

Yes, you may purchase your ticket at the door.

I am an Academy member. Do I need to get a timed ticket?

Members have the option of reserving free timed tickets before arrival or simply checking in at the museum at any time during opening hours without making reservations. For more information on reserving your member tickets or using your member benefits, click here.

What entrance should I use?

  • You may enter through the Parkway or 19th Street entrances regardless of whether you have purchased your tickets online.
  • If you have a stroller or need wheelchair accessibility, please enter through the 19th Street entrance. 

Please contact us directly at 215-299-1060 if you have specific requests and we will be happy to assist you.

Are all the exhibits open?

For the time being, some of our high-touch exhibits are closed. These include  Butterflies!, and The Big Dig. The Academy Café is currently closed, but benches are available to sit down and eat snacks brought from home. The coat room is open.

Entrance to our special exhibits is now included with general admission. Your tickets will grant you full access to the museum, including Dinosaur Hall, our dioramas and the special exhibits, Permian Monsters (November 21–January 17, 2022) and Gideon Mendel: Drowning World (May 1-October 17, 2021). 

The Academy will continue to follow guidance from the state and city. Plans and opening dates are subject to change.

Health and Safety

The health and safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers is of the utmost importance to us. Here are some of the health and safety steps we have taken to make your visit feel safe, relaxing and enjoyable.

Do I need to wear a face covering?

In our most recent visitor survey, a majority of visitors and members told us they would like to continue masking up in our galleries for a little while longer. We are listening to your feedback and will continue to require masks in the museum for everyone ages 3 and up to protect unvaccinated individuals, including our youngest visitors. In the coming months, we hope to relax this policy as we continue to balance scientific findings with your input.

Will there be hand-sanitizing stations?

Yes, we have installed many hand sanitizing stations throughout the museum for visitor use.

How are you ensuring that the museum stays clean?

We formed a multi-departmental team, surveyed our audience and consulted with national museum organizations and sister institutions. We developed comprehensive guidelines and step-by-step procedures to make visitors of all ages feel safe, comfortable and at ease from the time they enter the building to the time they leave.

We also have comprehensive guidelines for our staff.

In addition to an increased frequency of building-wide cleaning, we have enhanced our cleaning protocols to include the use of hospital-grade cleaning solutions and regular cleaning of high-touch surfaces (like elevator buttons, door knobs, handles, railings and restroom fixtures) and common areas throughout the day.

Please note that a risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. When guests redeem their tickets, they acknowledge notice and acceptance of the COVID-19 exposure risks associated with visiting the Academy of Natural Sciences.

Upon redemption, guests agree to hold the Academy and Drexel University, their trustees, officers, employees and affiliates harmless from any and all causes of action, claims, damages, costs, expenses and compensation for injury or loss, that may result from exposure to COVID-19 during their visit to the Academy. This release extends to heirs and personal representatives.

Let's continue to keep each other healthy. Please follow all signposting and notices throughout the Academy and wear your mask at all times while visiting the museum. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you!