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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  • Dinosaur Hall Renovations

    Tuesday Oct 24 12:00 AM

    Dinosaur Hall will be closed from October 16–November 3 for important updates. Enjoy $15 general admission or $10 group admission during this time, which includes our Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies exhibit. All members can see Tiny Titans for free through November 3!
  • Halloween in Outside In

    Tuesday Oct 24 10:00 AM-4:30 PM

    From October 24–31, the animal enclosures in Outside In will get a festive fall makeover! Our animals will revel in enrichment, so put on your costume and carve out some good times with them at the Academy!
  • Halloween in Outside In

    Wednesday Oct 25 10:00 AM-4:30 PM

    From October 24–31, the animal enclosures in Outside In will get a festive fall makeover! Our animals will revel in enrichment, so put on your costume and carve out some good times with them at the Academy!
  • Halloween in Outside In

    Thursday Oct 26 10:00 AM-4:30 PM

    From October 24–31, the animal enclosures in Outside In will get a festive fall makeover! Our animals will revel in enrichment, so put on your costume and carve out some good times with them at the Academy!
  • Halloween in Outside In

    Friday Oct 27 10:00 AM-4:30 PM

    From October 24–31, the animal enclosures in Outside In will get a festive fall makeover! Our animals will revel in enrichment, so put on your costume and carve out some good times with them at the Academy!
  • The Philadelphia Shell Show

    Saturday Oct 28 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    Thousands of shells will be on display and for sale at the annual Philadelphia Shell Show, October 28–29, 2017, at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.
  • Halloween in Outside In

    Saturday Oct 28 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    From October 24–31, the animal enclosures in Outside In will get a festive fall makeover! Our animals will revel in enrichment, so put on your costume and carve out some good times with them at the Academy!
  • The Philadelphia Shell Show

    Sunday Oct 29 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    Thousands of shells will be on display and for sale at the annual Philadelphia Shell Show, October 28–29, 2017, at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.
  • Halloween in Outside In

    Sunday Oct 29 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    From October 24–31, the animal enclosures in Outside In will get a festive fall makeover! Our animals will revel in enrichment, so put on your costume and carve out some good times with them at the Academy!
  • Halloween in Outside In

    Monday Oct 30 10:00 AM-4:30 PM

    From October 24–31, the animal enclosures in Outside In will get a festive fall makeover! Our animals will revel in enrichment, so put on your costume and carve out some good times with them at the Academy!
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