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Event Rentals

Dine in an awe-inspiring atmosphere of history, of exploration, of discovery.

Treat your guests to a spectacular event they won’t forget. Enjoy a memorable evening paired with amazing food, superior service and a setting unlike any other in Philadelphia. Host your next event at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University!

Offering everything from the majestic backdrop of the the animals of North American Hall to a 400-person reception space under a towering 42-foot T. rex in Dinosaur Hall, the Academy accommodates groups of all sizes. Our auditorium holds 395 guests and has A/V capabilities. Our historic 200-year-old museum is home to several fascinating exhibits, including Dinosaur Hall, North American Hall, African Hall and our ever-popular Butterflies! exhibit. With the natural world inside our walls, the Academy has the perfect space for your next event.

12th Street Catering, the exclusive caterer of the Academy, is pleased to offer fresh and innovative menus, tailor-made for each client to create a unique experience for your guests. For your convenience, the Academy and 12th Street Catering have partnered to offer one-stop planning for all events.

Need more space? Ask us about full museum or multiple exhibit access. Need something extra special? Ask us about live animal encounters, butterfly experiences and changing exhibits! The Academy is home to more than 100 live animals, representing approximately 50 species of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. Our live animal handlers will mingle with your guests, allowing them to get up close and personal with hedgehogs, owls, hawks and even snakes.

Contact our on-site event planners to discuss your next event and schedule a tour of our world-class museum. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Questions? Contact our event team at 215-299-1047 or submit the Event Inquiry Form.

Dinosaur Hall

Darwin Room

Darwin Room

Auditorium

North America Hall

Library Reading Room

African Hall

Academy Plaza

Academy Plaza

Weddings at the Academy

Weddings at the Academy

dall sheep

Mitzvahs at the Academy

Africa Hall

Event Add-ons