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Spring at the Academy

Dinosaur Hall

Dinosaur Hall

It’s one of the first things visitors see when they enter the Academy of Natural Sciences: measuring up to 42 feet in length and weighing in at an estimated 7.5 tons, Tyrannosaurus rex was one of the largest predators to ever walk the Earth. This impressive animal is one of many dinosaurs and other Mesozoic creatures you’ll encounter in Dinosaur Hall. More than 30 species are represented, about half of which are full skeletal mounts, including Avaceratops, Chasmosaurus, Corythosaurus, Deinonychus, Pachycephalosaurus, Tenontosaurus, and Tylosaurus.


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Live Animals at the Academy

You can meet live animals at the Academy every day! Get up close to birds, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates on your next visit! Join us for our daily Meet the Animals presentations and even get a chance to touch some of our live animals in Outside In!

Meet the Animals

Meet the furry, feathered, and scaly residents of the museum’s Live Animal Center, and explore their behaviors, adaptations, and ecosystems. The museum's Live Animal Center supports over 100 individual animal ambassadors and several colonies of invertebrates. Cared for by a team of full-time keepers, they make thousands of program appearances annually.

Monday–Friday
11 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.

Saturday and Sunday
11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Location: Auditorium or Science Live
25–30 minutes
All ages welcome

Learn more about Meet the Animals.

Outside In

Designed for children ages 3–8 and their parents, Outside In is a warm, welcoming place where inquisitive youngsters can investigate a forest, visit the seashore, see and touch live animals, and much more.

Learn more about Outside In.

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Butterflies!

Our Butterflies! exhibit features a lush, tropical garden filled with colorful plants and a multitude of live butterflies from Central and South America, East Africa, and Southeast Asia.The exhibit usually has between 60 to 150 butterflies and 20 to 40 different species on any given day!

Learn more about our Butterflies! exhibit.

xtreme bugs

Xtreme Bugs

Come face-to-feet with nearly 20 massive, colorful, moving bugs! From a fluttering oversized monarch butterfly and a fluffy tri-colored bumblebee to a gigantic Madagascar hissing cockroach and a blood-sucking bed bug, these towering animatronics tell a rarely seen story of the behaviors and intricacies of extreme bugs. Get a bug’s-eye view of the world, explore critter calls, dig for ancient arthropods, and play an Xtreme bug facts game.

Learn more about Xtreme Bugs.


dinos after dark

Dinos After Dark
May 24, 5–8 p.m.

Join us for Dinos After Dark and enjoy pay-what-you-wish admission, family activities and an outdoor beer garden right in front of Philly’s Dinosaur Museum. Please note that Dino Drafts Beer Garden will be in front of the museum on the Ben Franklin Parkway during the summer months. Guests will be allowed to enter the museum with their drinks.

Meet the Animals
6:15  p.m.
7:30  p.m.

Meet the furry, feathered and scaly residents of the museum’s Live Animal Center and explore their behaviors, adaptations and ecosystems. The museum's Live Animal Center supports over 100 individual animal ambassadors and several colonies of invertebrates.

Family Yoga
5:30 and 7 p.m.
Free

Join us for some fun, freestyle, family-friendly yoga and movement activities! Meet Family Fitness Instructor and teacher Peter Braynor at the Academy’s famous Moose diorama for a 30-minute workout to a variety of jams. Sessions will be at 5:30 and 7 p.m. and are free! Bring a mat if you want (but you can participate without it).

Educators' Lounge

Attention educators, administrators and PTO members: Visit us in our Educators’ Lounge to learn more about the resources we have to offer your school community. You can:

  • Ask questions about field trips and Academy visits to your classroom
  • Learn how an Academy experience fits into your curriculum and meets NGSS standards
  • Make your field trip reservation and get a discounted rate of $6 per student for your 2018 visit
  • Learn hands-on STEAM activities for your classroom
  • Meet live animals that make our educational programming so special
  • Take a chance to win a family membership or a free outreach to your school
  • Network with other educators, administrators and PTO members
  • Pick up your special Educator Kit filled with supplies for your classroom
  • Register online for your special ticket!

Learn more about Dinos After Dark.

marty story time

Marty’s Story Time
Every Monday at 11 a.m.

Laugh along with Marty the Moose as he shares his favorite books. Join Marty, his favorite humans, and a live animal guest for this special story time. Pick up a copy of Marty’s Book Club choice each month the gift shop and Marty will sign it for you! Free with general admission to the museum!

Marty’s Story Time
Every Monday at 11 a.m.
Free with admission

Laugh along with Marty the Moose as he shares his favorite books. Join Marty, his favorite humans, and a live animal guest for this special story time. Pick up a copy of Marty’s Book Club choice each month the gift shop and Marty will sign it for you!

Read to a Reptile
Every Tuesday 2–4 p.m. 
Free with admission

Grab a book, pull up a chair, and practice your reading with the live animals of Outside In. Teach a turtle, hang out with our listening lizards, and share a story with a snake.

Moose on the Loose Tour and Story Time

Every first Thursday (April 5, May 3, June 7) at 1 p.m.
Every last Sunday (April 29, May 27, June 24) at 1 p.m.
Free with admission

Let Marty be your tour guide through North American Hall. Explore the stories behind the dioramas on this unique family tour!

Learn more about Marty's Story Time.

door 19

Door 19: Boozy Botanticals
Thursday, June 14

In an era when Prohibition was law and bathtub gin was king, the sweet aromas of botanicals often veiled the taste of bad booze. On June 14, don your flapper dress or fedora (or come as you are), and travel back in time with us to a night inspired by the flora and fauna of the Roaring 20s. Enjoy an open bar featuring Boardroom Spirts Distillery, behind-the-scences tours of our Botany and Entomology Collections, the chance to make your own herbal tincture with Greensgrow Farms, and more! 

Learn more about Door 19.

expedition camp

Academy Teen Programs

The Academy is offering three unique programs for teens (ages 12-16) this summer! Take a field trip every day with the new Academy Expedition Program. Teens can get hands-on animal care experience at either our beginner or advanced animal husbandry camps. Or, teens can tap into their inner entomologist during Invertebrate  Husbandry Camp. Students will assist keepers and educators in the general husbandry, feeding, and handling of the live invertebrate collection at the Academy.

Learn more about Academy Teen Programs.

Summer Science Camp

Academy Science Camp invites campers, ages 5-12, to learn about natural science at Philly's Dinosaur Museum. Each week of camp explores an exciting new theme such as dinosaurs, insects, or superheroes and features an off-site field trip. Camp weeks are filling up fast, register today!

Learn more about Academy Science Camp.