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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  • Titanoboa: Monster Snake Opening Day

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

    Join us for opening day of our new exhibit, Titanoboa: Monster Snake!
  • Paleopalooza

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

    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.
  • Paleopalooza

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

    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.
  • 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!
  • Overnight for Adults

    Saturday and Sunday Mar 7 & 8 6:30 PM-9:00 AM

    Pack a sleeping bag, put on your pj’s, and leave the kids at home—this overnight is for adults only!
  • Tapping our Watershed: The Tookany/Tacony Frankford Watershed Partnership: From the Headwaters to...

    Monday Mar 16 6:00 PM-7:00 PM

    At this edition of Tapping our Watershed, Julie Slavet, Executive Director of the Tookany/Tacony Frankford Watershed Partnership, presents, "The Tookany/Tacony Frankford Watershed Partnership: From the Headwaters to the Delaware via Streets and Tweets."
  • Mega-Bad Movie Night On Tour: Mega-Shark vs Giant Octopus

    Thursday Apr 16 7:00 PM-10:00 PM

    Join the Academy of Natural Sciences and PhilaMOCA for Mega-Bad Movie Night: On Tour!
  • Titanoboa: Monster Snake Final Day

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

    Join us for the final day of Titanoboa: Monster Snake!
  • SEPOS International Orchid Show and Sale

    Friday Apr 24 12:00 PM-6:00 PM

    On April 24–26, 2015, the International Orchid Show will transform the Academy into a spectacular world of orchids.
  • SEPOS International Orchid Show and Sale

    Saturday Apr 25 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    On April 24–26, 2015, the International Orchid Show will transform the Academy into a spectacular world of orchids.
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