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!


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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  • Science on Tap: Hello, My Name Is Jason...

    Monday Dec 12 6:00 PM-7:30 PM

    Hello, My Name Is Jason and I’m a Paleontologist
    Take a journey through time, exploring the Devonian, Jurassic, and Cretaceous. This month’s Science on Tap will feature three paleontologists all bearing the same moniker – Jason. Each speaker will share cool research findings, funny anecdotes, and adventures from the field.
  • 2016 Town Square Series Presents: Jacqui Patterson

    Wednesday Dec 14 6:30 PM-8:30 PM

    Join Jacqui Patterson and the Academy of Natural Sciences for a Town Square on environmental justice. Find out how community leaders are addressing environmental and climate justice as a human and civil rights issue. Following her discussion, ask Patterson your most pressing questions about climate justice and the environment.
  • All-Star Days: Bugs and Butterflies Day

    Tuesday Dec 27 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    Spend your winter break with us! Warm up in Butterflies!, spend some time with our live animals, and visit the roaring, moving dinosaurs in Dinosaurs Unearthed. Celebrate what makes the Academy great with exciting new stage shows, fascinating fossils, hands-on science, and special specimens from our collections.
  • All-Star Days: Dinosaurs Unearthed Day

    Wednesday Dec 28 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    Spend your winter break with us! Warm up in Butterflies!, spend some time with our live animals, and visit the roaring, moving dinosaurs in Dinosaurs Unearthed. Celebrate what makes the Academy great with exciting new stage shows, fascinating fossils, hands-on science, and special specimens from our collections.
  • All-Star Days: Fur, Feathers, and Scales Day

    Thursday Dec 29 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    Spend your winter break with us! Warm up in Butterflies!, spend some time with our live animals, and visit the roaring, moving dinosaurs in Dinosaurs Unearthed. Celebrate what makes the Academy great with exciting new stage shows, fascinating fossils, hands-on science, and special specimens from our collections.
  • All-Star Days: Weird-Things-In-Jars Day

    Friday Dec 30 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    Spend your winter break with us! Warm up in Butterflies!, spend some time with our live animals, and visit the roaring, moving dinosaurs in Dinosaurs Unearthed. Celebrate what makes the Academy great with exciting new stage shows, fascinating fossils, hands-on science, and special specimens from our collections.
  • Dinosaurs Unearthed Closing Weekend

    Saturday Jan 14 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    Join us for a weekend full of dino-rific activities as we say goodbye to one of our favorite exhibits, Dinosaurs Unearthed! Touch real fossils, watch live animal presentations, hear from dinosaur experts, and make dino-themed crafts with the whole family!
  • Dinosaurs Unearthed Closing Weekend

    Sunday Jan 15 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    Join us for a weekend full of dino-rific activities as we say goodbye to one of our favorite exhibits, Dinosaurs Unearthed! Touch real fossils, watch live animal presentations, hear from dinosaur experts, and make dino-themed crafts with the whole family!
  • Dinosaurs Unearthed Closing Weekend

    Monday Jan 16 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    Join us for a weekend full of dino-rific activities as we say goodbye to one of our favorite exhibits, Dinosaurs Unearthed! Touch real fossils, watch live animal presentations, hear from dinosaur experts, and make dino-themed crafts with the whole family!
  • Frogs Opening Weekend

    Saturday Feb 4 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    Join us for a special weekend of activties and the opening of our new exhibit, Frogs: A Chorus of Colors.
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