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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  • Academy Explorers Summer Camp: Behind-the-Scenes (August 1–5)

    Monday Aug 1 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

    Unlock the secrets of the museum as you explore some rarely seen specimens in our collections and create your very own extraordinary museum exhibit.
  • Tiny Tots: Water Works

    Wednesday Aug 3 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

    Calling all kids 3–5 years old! Along with your favorite adult, join us in exploring nature through songs, games, hands-on fun, and museum adventures. An appropriate snack is provided.
  • Academy Explorers Summer Camp: Animal Kingdom (August 8–12)

    Monday Aug 8 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

    Investigate animals from all over the world and discover how they survive in the wild. Share in animal wonders, gaze at the beauty, delight at the excitement, and show off your skills in our animal inspired games.
  • Tiny Tots: Incredible Insects

    Wednesday Aug 10 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

    Calling all kids 3–5 years old! Along with your favorite adult, join us in exploring nature through songs, games, hands-on fun, and museum adventures. An appropriate snack is provided.
  • Bug Fest

    Saturday Aug 13 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 14 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 Summer Camp: Dino-lympics (August 15–19)

    Monday Aug 15 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

    Back by popular demand! Challenge yourself and discover how well you’d match up to a T. rex, Triceratops, or even the giant Dreadnoughtus.
  • Tiny Tots: Fossil Frenzy

    Wednesday Aug 17 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

    Calling all kids 3–5 years old! Along with your favorite adult, join us in exploring nature through songs, games, hands-on fun, and museum adventures. An appropriate snack is provided.
  • Access to Science: Opening Doors to Autism

    Saturday Aug 20 9:00 AM-11:00 AM

    Children on the autism spectrum and their families are invited to experience Dino-Mite Summer at the Academy, as well as our new exhibit, Dinosaurs Unearthed—before the crowds.
  • Academy Explorers Summer Camp: Animal Myths and Legends (August 22–26

    Monday Aug 22 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

    Explore cryptozoology and uncover the truth about the real animals that inspire mythical beasts from all over the world.
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