The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Science Museum
Logan Square, Philadelphia
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  • Rocky C.
    "Chat with the scientists and enjoy activities"(4 Tips)
    "indoor tropical garden with live butterflies"(4 Tips)
    Marie B.
    "They'll love the dinosaurs and butterflies!"(11 Tips)
    Allie Jac C.
    "The butterflies exhibit is always my favorite part!"(3 Tips)
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  • Jon B.
    Jon BrownDecember 9, 2016
    Super fun event venue after hours.
  • Antonello L.
    Antonello LoddoApril 3, 2016
    The big dig area is quite nice for kids
  • Emily M.
    Emily MarucciFebruary 20, 2016
    Wonderful place to bring the kids for learning and fun!
  • jason
    jasonDecember 31, 2015
    Family friendly museum
  • Youssef G.
    Youssef GawdatDecember 22, 2015
    The dinosaurs are amazing and I had the chance to see the reptiles 😊
  • Matt K.
    Matt KOctober 5, 2015
    Lots of fun digging for fossils and the staff was amazingly courteous!
  • Conner W.
    Conner WatsonAugust 11, 2015
    Everything is amazing here. From the huge dinosaur bones to the butterfly room and the massive rock of quartz, this place is great. A wonderful atmosphere for kids and adults alike.
  • Leonard H.
    Leonard HansonAugust 24, 2014
    Small collection can be comfortably seen in half a day.
  • Veronica ● L.
    Veronica ● LynnAugust 7, 2014
    This place is awesome for kids and adults alike!!
  • Karly
    KarlyMay 15, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Come to the dark side- the collections space is where all the cool kids hang out
  • Charles P.
    Charles PrescottMarch 21, 2014
    Watch your step in the butterfly room.
  • Lataeya C.
    Lataeya CarrMarch 1, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    It's the best museum in the entire world. Their dinosaur exhibit is awesome and the live animal collection is very exciting.
  • Samantha L.
    Samantha LoFebruary 24, 2014
    Should come here for a visit! Specially, come and see the live butterfly flying all over you! And of course the roaring dinosaurs!! Haha
  • Danny B.
    Danny BauderFebruary 15, 2014
    The butterfly room is really amazing, but hot (80°)
  • Brenda Sue S.
    Brenda Sue S.September 25, 2013
    In my opinion, one of the best museum in the Tri-State area. They have a little bit of everything. Bonus: Drexel students get in free and get discounts off (I think 10%) at their awesome gift store!
  • Rocky C.
    Rocky CooperSeptember 20, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Become a member at the Academy and enjoy the annual Members Night event, an exclusive look behind the scenes of the museum. Chat with the scientists and enjoy activities prepared especially for you!
    USA TODAYAugust 12, 2013
    Home to one of world's best natural history collections. Don't miss Dinosaur Hall, one of the best places in the U.S. to see dinosaurs. Read more
  • Tina D.
    Tina DavisMay 31, 2013
    My kids need all the knowledge that they can get
  • Adria L.
    Adria L-SMay 25, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Go on a behind-the-scenes tour if you ever have a chance. The malacology and entomology departments are my favorite. Don't forget to say hi to Tokala the red fox, who is white, downstairs!
  • Adria L.
    Adria L-SMay 25, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Buy A Glorious Enterprise: The Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia and the Making of American Science to learn about the history of the museum as an evolving entity and...
    ISEPTAPHILLYMay 21, 2013
    SEPTA PASS PERKS ALERT! $2 off General Admission with a SEPTA weekly or monthly pass. Does not include Butterflies! exhibit. Max 4 persons. Not valid with other offers. Expires: 10-6-13 Read more
  • Stanley Z.
    Stanley ZhangApril 21, 2013
    It is a nice place for kids. Go to the butterfly show!
  • Philadelphia Science Festival
    Did you know? Those in the autistic spectrum can use games as pathway to interaction? On April 19, 6-9 p.m. PSF invites families to learn about gaming as therapy and play some games in the process. Read more
  • Patrick R.
    Patrick RosenbaumApril 7, 2013
    Check out the adult programs that happen here. Mega Bad Movie nights, panel discussions, exhibits and exhibitions just to name a few.
  • Allie Jac C.
    Allie Jac ClaraFebruary 5, 2013
    The butterflies exhibit is always my favorite part!
  • Ms.Rae G.
    Ms.Rae GradyNovember 10, 2012
    It was a nice adventure.. Got 2 c a lot of different animals..Snakes,,Turtles Iguana... My niece loves it..
  • Concierge
    ConciergeMay 21, 2012
    All active duty, National Guard and Reserve military personnel and their families can enjoy free admission from Memorial Day through Labor Day.thanks to the Blue Star Museum program!
  • Stephen W.
    Stephen WeberMay 15, 2012
    DragonCard holder? Show your card and get in for free!
  • Visit Philly
    Visit PhillyMay 1, 2012
    The PHLASH trolley runs Fri, Sat & Sun from 10-6 pm May-October 28, 2012. Just head to stops 5 or 15, buy a $2 ticket & you'll be on your way to seeing more of Philadelphia's attractions and museums. Read more
  • Ashley H.
    Ashley HietpasApril 18, 2012
    Go to the outside in exhibit early. They start taking in the animals well before 4.
  • Ashley H.
    Ashley HietpasApril 18, 2012
    Be prepared to deal with hordes of loud and unruly children.
  • David R.
    David Reich-HaleApril 12, 2012
    Kids will enjoy digging for bones.
  • betsy von awesome
    betsy von awesomeMarch 16, 2012
    Where T Rex is, is the oldest part of the musuem... Built in1876 for the centennial
  • Vito T.
    Vito TelischakFebruary 18, 2012
    Buy your ticket online ahead time.
  • Rachel M.
    Rachel MercerFebruary 13, 2012
    Check out the Dioramas and the "making of" section. For tourists: this deal is a part of the "City Pass" which also grants you admission to places like the Aquarium, Tolley Rides, Franklins house.
  • Sara
    SaraFebruary 10, 2012
    Check out Mega Bad Movie Night that they run. It's so much fun!
  • Allie I.
    Allie IlaganJanuary 30, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Home of the Philadelphia Geek Awards, the nearly 200-year-old Academy is the place where you can hold a butterfly, catch a naturalist presentation and see the world's first mounted dinosaur skeleton.
  • Visit Philly
    Visit PhillyDecember 12, 2011
    From 1:00-3:00 p.m. on most Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays , a scientist comes out from the lab to introduce the public to a project like skinning birds, pressing plants or sorting bugs.
  • Ryan M.
    Ryan McKennaNovember 12, 2011
    Ride the puma!
  • Museum Without Walls
    Museum Without WallsNovember 9, 2011
    Standing in front of The Academy of Natural Sciences you will see a statue of scientist Joseph Leidy, the ‘father of paleontology.’ Wonder what he’s holding? It’s the jaw bone of an Ice Age lion.
  • Marie B.
    Marie BNovember 5, 2011
    Bring the kids! They'll love the dinosaurs and butterflies!
  • visitPA
    visitPANovember 2, 2011
    From a working dig site & paleo lab to an indoor tropical garden with live butterflies; from stunning historic dioramas to live animals you can touch - You just can't help but learn while you're here.
  • Audubon Society
    Audubon SocietyJuly 22, 2011
    Stop by on Fridays at 3 pm for the "Turning the Page" event - each week a new page from John James Audubon's "Birds of America" is displayed. It takes 7 1/2 years to complete the book!
  • Benny K.
    Benny K.July 15, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Check out science live, and talk to real scientists about there work at the Academy!!
  • Teresa W.
    Teresa WJuly 5, 2011
    check out the butterfly exhibit!
  • K12 Inc
    K12 IncJune 16, 2011
    Did you know? The oldest natural science institution in the Western Hemisphere, early members of the Academy included Thomas Jefferson, Charles Darwin, and John J. Audubon. Read more
  • Monette D.
    Monette DJune 11, 2011
    Don't eat at the cafe here, overpriced and dried out. Check out the cafe by the Franklin instead
  • Laura D.
    Laura DwornikMay 14, 2011
    Talk so sam, in dinosaur area, super interesting!!
  • Jason S.
    Jason SydowMarch 31, 2011
    Park far away and walk. Parking is ridiculous.
  • Heather D.
    Heather DrewMarch 31, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The Bizarre Beasts temporary exhibit is incredible. You should not miss it!
  • Vanessa R.
    Vanessa RamirezFebruary 27, 2011
    to me, it was more like a playground with some dioramas and plastic dino skulls.
  • PHL Science Fest
    PHL Science FestFebruary 21, 2011
    The Academy was the 1st museum in the world to mount a dinosaur skeleton (Hadrosaurus foulkii) in 1868. Collections include plant specimens from Lewis and Clark and bird specimens of John J. Audubon. Read more
  • Mary M.
    Mary MaierJanuary 11, 2011
    Check out "We Wrote the Book!" on the second floor next to the library!
  • Patrick G.
    Patrick GidichNovember 26, 2010
    Groupon special today!
  • Brian S.
    Brian SearlOctober 17, 2010
    The is an often overlooked hidden gem that has a live butterfly garden and live animals for the children. Often thought of as the dinosaur museum, this place has much much more.
  • Visit Philly
    Visit PhillyOctober 8, 2010
    Many of the museum’s live animals are featured in shows throughout the day. Don’t miss the small but dazzling gem and crystal collection. Read more
  • Kimberly S.
    Kimberly SSeptember 25, 2010
    Head to the live butterfly exhibit where there are over 40 different species flying around.
  • Katie C.
    Katie ClarkAugust 23, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Come see Creatures of the Abyss before it closes on September 6!
  • Heather H.
    Heather H.July 28, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Dinos! Visit the fossil lab in Dino Hall.
  • Darrel H.
    Darrel HerbstAugust 26, 2009
    Check out the live beehive in the Outside-in room.
  • Muneera A.
    Muneera AlBaderAugust 30, 2014
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