Behind the Scenes Tours

tour group examining specimens in the Entomology Collection

Available Monday through Friday

Take the ultimate insider's tour! Explore the Academy's rarely seen collections and environmental research laboratories with a member of our scientific staff. Depending on what collection you see, you could view specimens that once belonged to Thomas Jefferson or see live examples of the notorious snakehead fish.

Explore the behind-the-scenes worlds of:

tour group in the Herpetology Collection
  • Ornithology (birds)
  • Entomology (insects)
  • Botany (plants)
  • Ichthyology (fishes)
  • Malacology (shells)
  • Paleontology (fossils)
  • Herpetology (reptiles and amphibians)
  • Biological monitoring
  • Water quality testing
  • Ecology of freshwater algae
  • Watershed mapping
  • Fisheries


  • $35 per person, 8 to 12 participants.
  • $30 member rate. Simply provide your membership number when you make your reservation.
Behind the Scenes tour in the botany collection

Scheduling Your Tour

To schedule a behind-the-scenes tour, please contact the Group Sales Office at 215-299-1060 or e-mail us at Group Sales Office hours are Monday-Friday, 9–5 pm.

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