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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  • Hot Chocolate Bar

    Friday Nov 28 12:00 PM-2:00 PM

    The Academy of Natural Sciences and 12th Street Catering will offer visitors the chance to warm up with the ultimate hot chocolate beverage. Try something new with our Mexican hot chocolate or our soy and agave hot cocoa.
  • Dinosaur Days

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

    Celebrate dinosaurs and their closest living relatives—birds –with  a holiday weekend of family fun at the Academy of Natural Sciences.
  • Hot Chocolate Bar

    Saturday Nov 29 12:00 PM-2:00 PM

    The Academy of Natural Sciences and 12th Street Catering will offer visitors the chance to warm up with the ultimate hot chocolate beverage. Try something new with our Mexican hot chocolate or our soy and agave hot cocoa.
  • Dinosaur Days

    Sunday Nov 30 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    Celebrate dinosaurs and their closest living relatives—birds –with  a holiday weekend of family fun at the Academy of Natural Sciences.
  • Hot Chocolate Bar

    Sunday Nov 30 12:00 PM-2:00 PM

    The Academy of Natural Sciences and 12th Street Catering will offer visitors the chance to warm up with the ultimate hot chocolate beverage. Try something new with our Mexican hot chocolate or our soy and agave hot cocoa.
  • Story Time: Meet Barton the Porcupine

    Wednesday Dec 10 2:30 PM-3:00 PM

    Meet our new North American porcupine, Barton, for a special story time and meet-and-greet. As we introduce you to our prickly yet affectionate new critter, education staff (assisted by Marty the Moose, our puppet storyteller), will share a children’s book: A Porcupine Named Fluffy.
  • American Heritage Chocolate Day

    Saturday Dec 13 12:00 PM-4:00 PM

    Watch a live demonstration of how chocolate was made during Colonial times. Created by Mars, American Heritage Chocolate only uses ingredients that were available during the 18th century to ensure the authenticity of the chocolate’s exotic flavors and spices! Taste it yourself and see if you can identify all of the ingredients.
  • American Heritage Chocolate Day

    Sunday Dec 14 12:00 PM-4:00 PM

    Watch a live demonstration of how chocolate was made during Colonial times. Created by Mars, American Heritage Chocolate only uses ingredients that were available during the 18th century to ensure the authenticity of the chocolate’s exotic flavors and spices! Taste it yourself and see if you can identify all of the ingredients.
  • Story Time: Meet Barton the Porcupine

    Sunday Dec 14 2:30 PM-3:00 PM

    Can’t make Barton’s first public debut? We’ve scheduled a second appearance just for you! Meet our new North American porcupine, Barton, for a special story time and meet-and-greet.
  • All-Star Days: Dinosaur Day

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

    Come face-to-face with fossils, meet living relatives of these ancient beasts, and explore the world of the dinosaurs all day at the Academy. Dinosaur Day is part of All-Star Days.
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