February 14–15

two boys check out some fossil specimens at Paleopalooza

Free with general admission

Every February, 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.

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Paleopalooza 2015:

Paleopalooza Highlight—All Weekend Long!

Meet Buddy the T-rex, star of the popular TV show Dinosaur Train! Buddy will be roaming the museum throughout this fossil-filled weekend, so don’t miss this unique opportunity to meet him!

buddy dinosaur train

Throughout the Museum

Fossil Juggling

Think juggling homework and chores is tough? Try juggling fossils! Roving fossil juggler Randy Lyons is wandering through the museum teaching and tossing fossils.

Meet Our Mascot

Meet Academy mascot Eddie the T. rex as he tours the museum! Where will you find him?

Ground Level

Mesozoic Market

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

Diggity Dudes

Noon and 2 p.m.

Dance to the diggity beat! The Diggity Dudes are back with their hip music for hip kids.

Academy Café

Get a second wind at our café, which features fresh fare for hungry paleontologists.

First Level


So you want to be a paleontologist?
11 a.m.

Think you have what it takes to be a paleontologist? Find out during this brand-new interactive stage show. See for yourself the science behind fossil finding, and maybe even strut your paleontological stuff on stage.

Snakes Alive!
1 p.m.

Think Titanoboa was big? During this live animal show, see the snakes that call the Academy home like you’ve never seen them before—on the big screen!

Old Bones, New Technologies
2:30 p.m.

Join Drexel University paleontologist Dr. Ken Lacovara as he shares how he and a team of researchers at Drexel are bringing the latest technological advancements in 3-D printing to the study of ancient life. Using scale models of real fossils, they will for the first time be able to test hypotheses about how dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals moved and lived in their environments.

Birds of a Feather
3:30 p.m.

Meet the Academy’s feathered residents (and dinosaur cousins) during this live animal stage show.

Dinosaur Hall

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!

Fossil Prep Lab

Fossil Preparation

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

Dinosaur Classroom

Drawing Dinosaurs

Join paleo-illustrator Jason Poole and see dinosaurs come to life during these ongoing and interactive demonstrations. Try your hand at drawing a dinosaur of your own.

North American Hall

Vertebrate Paleontology

Meet the people who make up the Academy’s Vertebrate Paleontology Department. See the fossils they care for and study.

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. See these critters up close and onscreen at a Cart of Curiosity.

Dinosaur Play Date

Calling all preschool paleontologists! Measure yourself against T. rex, put together a life-size Ornithomimus puzzle, act out your own dinosaur drama, or just kick back and read a dinosaur book.

Science Live

Dino Discoveries

Talk to dinosaur experts about the dinosaurs that have made headlines this year. Have you heard of Dreadnoughtus and Spinosaurus? Bring your questions!

Special Exhibits Gallery

Titanoboa: Monster Snake Opening Weekend

Deep underground in a Colombian coal mine, scientists have uncovered remains of the largest snake in the world, Titanoboa cerrejonensis. Titanoboa haunted the rain forest during the Paleocene, the lost world that followed the demise of the dinosaurs. Stand eye-to-eye with a full-scale model of this massive predator, which at 48 feet long and 2,500 pounds could crush and devour a crocodile. Crawl through 48 feet in the Titanoboa Challenge, see live snakes, and check out authentic snake specimens from the depths of the Academy’s collections. This fearfully fun exhibition delves into Titanoboa’s discovery and reconstruction, as well as what scientists have learned from this enormous reptile.

Second Level

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: Fossils
Think you can tell a fossil from a rock? Can you figure out what happened to an animal that lived millions of years ago? Try your hand at some serious science at a Cart of Curiosity.

Cretaceous Crafts

Make a dinosaur food chain and other paleo-perfect crafts to take home.

Library Gallery

Ancient Life in Detail: Inverterate Fossils from the Academy's Collection

When it comes to fossils, the dinosaurs tend to grab the headlines, but most of what we know about the deep past is based on invertebrates. Learn about their fossils through specimens from the Academy’s Collections.

Serengeti Classroom

Animals You’re Glad Are Extinct

From Titanoboa to giant sea scorpions, take a closer look (from a safe distance) at amazing and alarming animals from the fossil record.

Third Level

Outside In

Story Time
10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Join us in Outside In for an interactive story time featuring a dinosaur tale and live animal. 

Bird Classroom

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!

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