Take your students on an exciting exploration of the natural world. Our three floors of exhibits, ranging from dinosaurs and dioramas to hands-on interactive stations, are sure to make your field trip to the Academy the highlight of the school year.
October 12,2013-March 30, 2014
Roaring, moving, life-size dinosaurs invade the Academy for a multi-sensory experience.
Download the Dinosaurs Unearthed teacher's guide.
Birds of Paradise
May 3-September 1, 2014
Lace up your dancing shoes for a journey to the remote rainforests of New Guinea, land of the exotic birds-of-paradise. In this special exhibit based on the groundbreaking research of photographer Tim Laman and Cornell ornithologist Edwin Scholes Visitors, visitors will behold the birds’ cinematic courtship dances, puffed-out plumage, wild calls, and wacky behaviors through video, photography, soundscapes, and displays on research and conservation.
Download the Birds of Paradise teacher's guide.
Art of Science
This gallery features changing displays of artwork that explore the interplay between science and art.
Stroll among beautiful live butterflies and moths from around the world in our year-round tropical garden. Watch colorful adults emerge from their pupae and discover other forms of metamorphosis.
Reservations required, 20 minute per session
Explore the exciting world of paleontology, stroll beneath towering fossil skeletons, and examine dinosaur anatomy up close. Stop by the Fossil Preparation Lab to talk with staff as they clean and prepare real fossils.
Dioramas of Africa, Asia, and North America
Travel the globe without leaving the museum! Our ever-popular dioramas let students get nose-to-nose with gorillas from Africa, pandas from Asia, and bison from North America.
Science at the Academy
Find out what Academy scientists are up to these days in this multimedia exhibit. Watch video footage from research expeditions, see recently collected specimens, and find out about our latest scientific discoveries.
Join our staff as they explore natural history in these informal presentations involving live animals and/or museum specimens. Naturalist Shows are presented daily at 2:30 pm and run for 20 minutes.
Watch our scientist and archivists at work from 1–3 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.