Visit the Academy

At the Academy of Natural Sciences, you can wander among towering dinosaur skeletons or discover an indoor tropical butterfly garden. Explore ecosystems from around the world through our historic dioramas or be transported to the great outdoors through our hands-on discovery center for children. Visit our Special Exhibits Gallery for our newest exhibit, or watch scientists at work in Science Live or our Fossil Prep Lab. There’s always something new happening at the Academy—plan your visit today!

Our Butterflies! exhibit will be closed September 2-26 while we make improvements to the space. We apologize for any inconvenience.


scientist and girl check out insect specimens

Museum Activities

Meet live animals, see science in action, or watch us turn the page on Audubon's birds.

Check out our Museum Activities

skeletal mount of Tyrannosaurus in Dinosaur Hall

Signature Exhibits

See how big you are next to Tyrannosaurus rex, walk among live butterflies, or get up close and personal with a polar bear.

Check out our Permanent Exhibits

Upcoming Events

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  • Members' Night 2014

    Friday Sep 12 5:00 PM-9:00 PM

    Every year, the Academy  treats its members to a special evening during which they can meet our staff, see our collections, and experience the breadth and depth of work that takes place behind the scenes at the museum.
  • Chocolate: The Exhibition Opening Weekend

    Saturday Oct 11 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    Celebrate the opening of Chocolate: The Exhibition with a weekend devoted to the delicious science behind your favorite dessert. Discover how chocolate goes from the tree to your table, and learn about the amazing animals and plants that make the sweet possible.
  • Chocolate: The Exhibition Opening Weekend

    Sunday Oct 12 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    Celebrate the opening of Chocolate: The Exhibition with a weekend devoted to the delicious science behind your favorite dessert. Discover how chocolate goes from the tree to your table, and learn about the amazing animals and plants that make the sweet possible.
  • Ocean Fest Featuring the Philadelphia Shell Show

    Saturday Oct 18 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    Thousands of shells will be on display and for sale at the annual Philadelphia Shell Show and Festival. Free with museum admission.
  • Ocean Fest Featuring the Philadelphia Shell Show

    Sunday Oct 19 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    Thousands of shells will be on display and for sale at the annual Philadelphia Shell Show and Festival. Free with museum admission.
  • Mega-Bad Movie Night: The Lost World

    Thursday Oct 23 5:30 PM-9:00 PM

    Join us at the Academy after hours to watch an “awesomely awful” movie. Witty experts will be onstage to offer their quips and sidesplitting comments on the many scientific absurdities—think Mystery Science Theater 3000!
  • Dinosaur Days

    Friday Nov 28 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    Celebrate dinosaurs and their closest living relatives, birds, with a holiday weekend of fun activities. Join us at the Academy for special auditorium presentations, live animal shows, crafts, and more.
  • Dinosaur Days

    Saturday Nov 29 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    Celebrate dinosaurs and their closest living relatives, birds, with a holiday weekend of fun activities. Join us at the Academy for special auditorium presentations, live animal shows, crafts, and more.
  • Mega-Bad Movie Night: Anaconda

    Thursday Feb 26 5:30 PM-9:00 PM

    Join us at the Academy after hours to watch an “awesomely awful” movie. Witty experts will be onstage to offer their quips and sidesplitting comments on the many scientific absurdities—think Mystery Science Theater 3000!
  • Mega-Bad Movie Night: TBA

    Thursday May 21 5:30 PM-9:00 PM

    Join us at the Academy after hours to watch an “awesomely awful” movie. Witty experts will be onstage to offer their quips and sidesplitting comments on the many scientific absurdities—think Mystery Science Theater 3000!
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