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The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19103

All-Star Days: Weird-Things-In-Jars Day

Friday Dec 30 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

Spend your winter break with us! Warm up in Butterflies!, spend some time with our live animals, and visit the roaring, moving dinosaurs in Dinosaurs Unearthed. Celebrate what makes the Academy great with exciting new stage shows, fascinating fossils, hands-on science, and special specimens from our collections.

Friday, December 30: Weird-Things-In-Jars Day

Science is surprising, inspiring, and sometimes downright weird. Get an up-close look at some of the Academy’s stranger specimens, and learn how scientists preserve them in jars and other ways for future research.

Auditorium Show: Animals of the Academy
11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Learn all about the animals that call the Academy home and their adaptations, habitats, similarities and differences. Meet some furry, feathery, and scaly Academy ambassadors!

Auditorium Show: Wild Weirdos
1 p.m.

Stinky? Spiky? Stripy? Stiff? What strange animals do you think live here at the Academy? Find out which of our live animals have some downright peculiar adaptations, behaviors, and natural histories.

Slides and Preservation Microcart

Check out the details on some cool slides and look at real biological specimens under a microscope as you learn about how and why scientists preserve the tiniest pieces of data.


Come see the weirdest, wettest, wackiest preserved animals we could find in the Academy’s renowned research collection. You won’t want to miss these never-before-displayed specimens arrayed alongside old favorites at this extremely enGROSSing education station.

Get Collected

If you could be an Academy specimen, what would you be? In this activity, choose a Latin name to describe yourself then make yourself a collection tag to take home. Step into the specimen box and take your photo at this unique photo op.

“What is THAT Thing?” Macroscope Cart

Explore some of the Academy’s strangest specimens and see if you can guess what each weird thing really is. Can we stump you? Beware: some of these objects will surprise you, but others will gross you out!

Armadillo Romp Time
2 p.m.

If you want weird, look no further than an armored mammal that eats bugs and can jump 3 feet in the air. Watch our armadillos forage for mealworms at this special “weird’ edition of romp time.

Diorama Design Craft

Choose a background and an animal then make your own mini diorama to take home.

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