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Educators work on dinosaur fossils

Fossil Prep Lab

See Paleontology in action! Look on as Academy staff prepare fossils for study by scientists. Our preparers can inform you of their current projects and are available to answer questions. More.

Educator with bird

Naturalist Shows

Weekdays: 2:30 p.m. Weekends: 11 am & 2:30 pm

Join our teacher-naturalists as they explore natural history in these informal and interactive presentations involving live animals and/or museum specimens. More.


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

 

Events

  • Scientist Saturday: Chelsea Smith and Elizabeth Mchone

    Saturday, January 20, 2018

    1:00 PM-4:00 PM

    The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19103

    • Everyone

    Meet Botany graduate students Liz McHone and Chelsea Smith. McHone and Smith study milkweeds, a beautiful group of plants that are consumed by numerous interesting insects including Monarch butterflies!

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  • Super Science Cyber School Day Featuring WXPN's Robert Drake

    Tuesday, January 23, 2018

    10:00 AM-4:00 PM

    The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19103

    • Everyone

    Super Science Cyber School Day Featuring WXPN Producer Robert Drake. During National School Choice Week.

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  • Dinos After Dark

    Friday, January 26, 2018

    5:00 PM-8:00 PM

    The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19103

    • Everyone

    On the fourth Friday evening of every month this winter and spring, the Academy of Natural Sciences is offering pay-what-you-wish admission, family activities, and an indoor beer garden in our famous Dinosaur Hall.

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  • Dinos After Dark

    Friday, January 26, 2018

    5:00 PM-8:00 PM

    The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19103

    • Everyone

    On the fourth Friday evening of every month this winter and spring, the Academy of Natural Sciences is offering pay-what-you-wish admission, family activities, and an indoor beer garden in our famous Dinosaur Hall.

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  • Access to Science: Opening Doors to Autism

    Saturday, February 3, 2018

    9:00 AM-11:00 AM

    The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19103

    • Everyone

    Children on the autism spectrum and their families are invited to experience the museum before the crowds.

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  • Crocs Opening Weekend

    Saturday, February 3, 2018

    10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19103

    • Everyone

    Join us for the opening weekend of our new exhibit, Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World!

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  • Crocs Opening Weekend

    Sunday, February 4, 2018

    10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19103

    • Everyone

    Join us for the opening weekend of our new exhibit, Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World!

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  • Door 19

    Thursday, February 8, 2018

    6:00 PM-9:00 PM

    The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19103

    • Everyone

    Knock 3.14159 times on Door 19 for admission to an oddly charming evening that will forever change how you think about science. Curated for the curious, Door 19 is quirky science meets themed soiree, set against a backdrop of live performances, music, potent libations, and dinosaurs.

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  • Door 19: The Mating Game

    Thursday, February 8, 2018

    6:00 PM-9:00 PM

    The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19103

    • Everyone

    Knock 3.14159 times on Door 19 for admission to an oddly charming evening that will forever change how you think about science. Curated for the curious, Door 19 is quirky science meets themed soiree, set against a backdrop of live performances, music, potent libations, and dinosaurs.

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  • Night in the Museum with Special Guest Star: Crocs

    Saturday and Sunday, February 10 & 11, 2018

    6:30 PM-9:00 AM

    1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19103

    • Everyone

    Overnights with a big overbite!! Enjoy all the great activities of our Night in the Museum programs and get a chance to see what the special stars of our special exhibit Crocs are up to after the sun goes down. It’s sure to be a night with these nocturnal critters that you won’t soon forget!

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