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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  • Tiny Tot Explorers

    Wednesday Jul 30 10:00 AM-11:00 AM

    Young children (ages 3–4) and their favorite adult can come to the Academy and explore nature through games, crafts, songs and museum explorations. Today's program is "Super Science."
  • Police and Firefighters Appreciation Week

    Saturday Aug 2 10:00 AM-5:00 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! 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 $10 per person.
  • Tiny Tot Explorers

    Wednesday Aug 6 10:00 AM-11:00 AM

    Young children (ages 3–4) and their favorite adult can come to the Academy and explore nature through games, crafts, songs and museum explorations. Today's program is "Feathered "Dino" Friends."
  • Police and Firefighters Appreciation Day

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

    For one day only, meet and thank the brave men and women of the Police and Fire Departments and the Office of Emergency Management while exploring the Academy.
  • Bug Fest

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

    Every August, the Academy invites bug lovers of all ages to join us for an exciting weekend in celebration of everyone’s favorite creepy crawlies…insects! Enjoy new activities and shows each year, plus revisit some old favorites—back by popular demand.
  • Opening Day: Pinned: Insect Art, Insect Science

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

    Join us for the opening of our newest exhibit in the Art of Science Gallery! Artist Christopher Marley uses colorful insect specimens to create intricate mosaic pieces. Pinned: Insect Art, Insect Science celebrates the elegance and beauty of insects.
  • Bug Fest

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

    Every August, the Academy invites bug lovers of all ages to join us for an exciting weekend in celebration of everyone’s favorite creepy crawlies…insects! Enjoy new activities and shows each year, plus revisit some old favorites—back by popular demand.
  • Tiny Tot Explorers

    Wednesday Aug 13 10:00 AM-11:00 AM

    Young children (ages 3–4) and their favorite adult can come to the Academy and explore nature through games, crafts, songs and museum explorations. Today's program is "Birds of a Feather."
  • Philadelphia Geek Awards

    Saturday Aug 16 7:00 PM-10:00 PM

    The Philadelphia Geek Awards is an annual ceremony hosted by Geekadelphia and the Academy that honors geeks in the greater Philadelphia region. From local game developers to comic book artists, social media marketers to the arts & culture community, the awards highlight a bit of everything.
  • Tiny Tot Explorers

    Wednesday Aug 20 10:00 AM-11:00 AM

    Young children (ages 3–4) and their favorite adult can come to the Academy and explore nature through games, crafts, songs and museum explorations. Today's program is "Stripes, Spots, and Showing off: Animal Coverings."
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