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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  • Carnivore Capades

    Saturday Feb 13 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    What has terrifying teeth, cunning claws, and sure-footed stealth? A carnivore! Explore the ways that meat-eaters are cool and special while you meet live animals and touch real specimens. Sink your teeth in!
  • Carnivore Capades

    Sunday Feb 14 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    What has terrifying teeth, cunning claws, and sure-footed stealth? A carnivore! Explore the ways that meat-eaters are cool and special while you meet live animals and touch real specimens. Sink your teeth in!
  • Carnivore Capades

    Monday Feb 15 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    What has terrifying teeth, cunning claws, and sure-footed stealth? A carnivore! Explore the ways that meat-eaters are cool and special while you meet live animals and touch real specimens. Sink your teeth in!
  • Paleopalooza

    Saturday Mar 5 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    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.
  • Paleopalooza

    Sunday Mar 6 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    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.
  • Friends and Family Safari Overnight

    Saturday and Sunday Mar 12 & 13 6:30 PM-9:00 AM

    Experience the Academy’s towering dinosaurs—including T. rex—after dark! Your action-packed night at the museum barely leaves room for shut-eye.
  • Founders Day

    Monday Mar 21 10:00 AM-4:30 PM

    Pay what you wish to celebrate the anniversary of the Academy’s founding. Bring your friends and family to enjoy dinosaurs, butterflies, and more!
  • Spring Break Camp

    Tuesday Mar 22 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

    Kids can spend spring break at the Academy with our Spring Break Academy Explorers Camp! Each day includes a live presentation by one of the Academy’s teacher-naturalists, an exploration of our exhibits (including Outside In, Butterflies!, and The Big Dig) and "campers-only" games, crafts, and activities. Spring Break Camp runs March 22-25.
  • Friends and Family Safari Overnight

    Saturday and Sunday Apr 16 & 17 6:30 PM-9:00 AM

    Experience the Academy’s towering dinosaurs—including T. rex—after dark! Your action-packed night at the museum barely leaves room for shut-eye.
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