March 4–5, 2017

Every year, the Academy celebrates all things prehistoric during Paleopalooza, a two-day festival of fossils.  We offer new and exciting activities each year, along with our most popular and recurring attractions.

Free for members or with general museum admission. Not a member? Join or buy your tickets today!

Paleopalooza 2017 details:

Auditorium Show: Feeding Frenzy
11 a.m.

Myth, mystery, and science merge in this live interactive show featuring music, puppetry, and a surprising look at the roots of paleontology. This musical introduction to the eating habits and table manners of the dinosaurs explores the paleolithic food pyramid. Presented by Field Station Dinosaurs.

Auditorium Show: The Ancient Sky
1 p.m.

Join Derrick Pitts, chief astronomer at The Franklin Institute, as he takes a star-filled trip back in time (and way into the future). Give in to the chaos of the cosmos, and spend some time in the prehistoric skies!

Auditorium Show: Searching for Fossils at the Bottom of the World
2:30 p.m.

Academy paleontologist Ted Daeschler shares his fascinating stories and amazing discoveries from his latest expedition to Antarctica.

Auditorium Show: Rad Reptile Relatives: Dandy Dinos and Bodacious Birds
3:30 p.m.

The most popular reptiles are actually extinct: dinosaurs! And even though they have been gone for millions of years, their legacy lives on in their closest relatives, birds. Learn about reptiles through the ages, and meet some live animals as you explore how birds are related to reptiles.

Jurassic Park Motor Pool

Meet members of the local chapter of the Jurassic Park Motor Pool and check out amazing replicas of some of the most iconic vehicles from your favorite dinosaur movies! The Jurassic Park Motor Pool is a club for owners and enthusiasts of Jurassic Park vehicles. Their global community of members includes both restored screen-used vehicles, screen-accurate replicas, and tribute vehicles. Built by fans, for fans!

Guided Tours of Dinosaur Hall
10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., and 4 p.m.

Meet under the T. rex for ultra-cool dinosaur tours. Bring your most pressing dino questions!

T.rex Encounters
12:30 - 12:50 p.m. and 2:30-2:50 p.m.

Get your cameras ready as Field Station Dinosaurs’ T.rex takes over Dinosaur Hall.

Fossil Preparation

See a real fossil fresh from the field as it is prepared by our technicians in the Fossil Prep Lab.

The Fossil Hunt

Have sharp eyes? Search for real fossils to take home. Take a closer look at specimens that prove that dinosaurs don’t have the monopoly on cool fossils!

Closer Look: Live Reptiles
10 a.m.–12 p.m.; 1–3 p.m.

Meet some of the live reptiles that call the Academy home, and learn about these remarkable relatives of the dinosaurs.

Reimagining Haddy With Ray Troll

Visit our Drawn to Dinosaurs exhibit and see award-winning artist and all around fishy guy Ray Troll bring Hadrosaurus foulkii back to life right before your eyes. Basing his quirky images on the latest scientific discoveries, Troll brings a street-smart sensibility to the worlds of ichthyology and paleontology. He will reimagine the Academy’s favorite dinosaur live all weekend.

Fossil Club

Peruse the Delaware Valley Paleontological Society’s fossil tables and exhibits, featuring interactive displays, a touch table, and world-class fossil collections.

Closer Look: Spineless Survivors

Meet some live animals that have been around since the time of the dinosaurs, and learn more about the wonderful ways they survive today.

Dino Brick Builders

Take in some towering Mega-Brick Dinosaurs, try your hand at designing the perfect dino habitat, or build your very own brick-a-saurus.

Dinos and DNA

Look at the links between your favorite dinosaurs and modern animals, dig deeper into the science of your favorite genetically engineered movie monsters, and learn more about yourself by extracting your own DNA.

Mesozoic Market

Stop by the Commons for educational displays, fossil vendors, dinosaur tattoos, face painting, and more.

What Killed the Dinosaurs?

What was the world like when dinosaurs ruled the earth? What really killed these terrible lizards? Explore the volatile volcanos and incredible craters that shaped the final days of our favorite dinosaurs.

Cretaceous Crafts

Make your own paleo-perfect crafts to take home.

How to Clone a Dinosaur

Look at the links between your favorite dinosaurs and modern animals, dig deeper into the science of your favorite genetically engineered movie monsters, and learn more about yourself by extracting your own DNA.

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