Exhibits

New Exhibits

Birds of Paradise

Birds of Paradise: Amazing Avian Evolution (May 3-September 1, 2014)

Visitors will behold the cinematic courtship dances, puffed-out plumage, wild calls, and wacky behaviors of New Guinea's birds of paradise in this special exhibit. » More

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Unnatural History: The Odd and Remarkable Dioramas of Lori Nix (April 19–August 3, 2014)

Lori Nix: Unnatural History is a playful poke at what goes on behind the dioramas at a natural history museum. » More

Upcoming Exhibits

Chocolate the exhibit

Chocolate: The Exhibition
(October 11, 2014–January 24, 2015)

Chocolate: The Exhibition traces the intriguing story of this “food of the gods” from its origin as a unique rainforest tree to the sensuous sweet millions of people crave today. » More

Pinned Weevils

Pinned: Insect Art, Insect Science
August 9–November 9, 2014

Pinned! Insect Art, Insect Science celebrates the elegance and beauty of insects. Artist Christopher Marley uses colorful insect specimens to create intricate mosaic pieces. » More

Signature Exhibits

live butterfly feeding on flowers

Butterflies!

Live butterflies from Central and South America, East Africa, and Southeast Asia inhabit our tropical garden. » More

girl calmly holding a Madagascar Hissing Coackroach in Outside In

Outside In

Our indoor discovery center for children features hands-on activities and close encounters with live animals. » More

skeletal mount of Tyrannosaurus in Dinosaur Hall

Dinosaur Hall

More than 30 dinosaurs and other Mesozoic reptiles are represented in Dinosaur Hall. » More

Diorama of American pronghorn showing one male, three females and a young individual.

Dioramas

More than 35 dioramas present wildlife from Africa, Asia, and North America. » More

Library Gallery

Library Gallery

Our Library Reading Room is open to the public on weekday afternoons. » More

diorama parts, videos and a taxidermied gazelle in 'Secrets of the Diorama'

Secrets of the Diorama

Learn about the history of the dioramas and see how the plants, animals, and paintings were created. » More

school of fish in the What Eats What exhibit

What Eats What

What Eats What presents the consumers and producers that make up the food chain in a stream. » More

thorny oyster in 'Marveling at Mollusks'

Marveling at Mollusks

Nearly 100 specimens from the scientific collections of the Academy’s Malacology Department are on display. » More

mother and son looking at reconstruction of the fossil Tikaalik in Science at the Academy

Science at the Academy

The world-class science conducted at the Academy is on display. » More

books by Academy are on display in 'We Wrote the Book'

We Wrote the Book

Hundreds of books were written by men and women with ties to the Academy. » More

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