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The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103


10 am–4:30 pm, Monday–Friday
10 am–5 pm, Weekends and Holidays


Adults (age 13 and above): $15.95
Children (ages 3–12): $13.95

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Founded in 1812, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is America's oldest natural history museum and a world leader in biodiversity and environmental research. For 200 years, the Academy has carried out its mission to encourage and cultivate the sciences, exploring the remarkable diversity of our natural world and sharing these discoveries with the public through innovative exhibits, publications, and educational programming.

In 2011, Academy CEO George W. Gephart, Jr., and Drexel University President John A. Fry announced the completion of a historic affiliation between the Academy and Drexel. This unique affiliation unites two of Philadelphia's most respected research institutions and promotes discovery, learning, and civic engagement in the natural and environmental sciences.

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The Academy is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization governed by a Board of Trustees.

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Jobs and Opportunities

The Academy offers career opportunities at many levels.

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Scientific publications, Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences, and more.

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Discover the past and explore the future of the natural sciences in our online exhibits.
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