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

Browse Events:
  • Police and Firefighters Appreciation Week

    Wednesday Aug 5 10:00 AM-4:30 PM

    The Academy is saying thank-you to the brave men and women of the Police and Fire Departments and the Office of Emergency Management! From August 1-7, you will receive complimentary admission with the presentation of an official badge or ID, and we will offer accompanying family members a special group rate of $12 per person for up to four family members.
  • Community Day: Police, Firefighters, and the Office of Emergency Management

    Thursday Aug 6 10:00 AM-2:00 PM

    The Philadelphia Police Department, Fire Department, and Office of Emergency Management are at the Academy for a special day of activities and presentations on this day set aside to show appreciation for their bravery and service.
  • Bug Fest

    Saturday Aug 8 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    Creepy, crawly, sticky, prickly, wiggly, yucky. And kinda cute. At least that is what we think about bugs at the Academy of Natural Sciences!
  • Bug Fest

    Sunday Aug 9 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    Creepy, crawly, sticky, prickly, wiggly, yucky. And kinda cute. At least that is what we think about bugs at the Academy of Natural Sciences!
  • Academy Explorers Camp: Bugstravaganza (August 10–14)

    Monday Aug 10 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

    Join us August 10-14 for an exciting week of Academy Explorers Summer Camp.
  • Academy Explorers Camp: Behind-the-Scenes (August 17–21)

    Monday Aug 17 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

    Join us August 17-21 for an exciting week of Academy Explorers Summer Camp.
  • Tapping Our Watershed

    Monday Aug 17 6:00 PM-7:00 PM

    On Monday, August 17, Tapping Our Watershed presents “The Willowstreams Project: Adventures in Ecological Restoration in Suburban Philadelphia” with William Ryan, restoration ecologist and botanist.
  • Academy Explorers Camp: Animal Grossology (August 24–28)

    Monday Aug 24 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

    Join us August 24-28 for an exciting week of Academy Explorers Summer Camp.
  • Animal Grosslology Final Day

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

    Join us for the final day of Animal Grossology!
  • Mega-Bad Movie Night: On Tour - The Lost World

    Thursday Sep 17 7:00 PM-10:00 PM

    Join the Academy after hours for a special edition of Mega-Bad Movie Night held at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute. Witty experts will be onstage to offer their quips and sidesplitting comments on the many scientific absurdities—think Mystery Science Theater 3000! It’s the same live commentary you love about Mega-Bad Movie Night in the fantastic theater at BMFI!
Plan your visit, check out our new exhibits, and find out about upcoming activities.
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