The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy (at Cherry St), Philadelphia, PA 19103, United States
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    • 7:00 AM–4:00 PM
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    • 7:00 AM–8:00 PM
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    • 7:00 AM–4:00 PM
    • 6:00 PM–8:00 PM
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    • 10:00 AM–8:00 PM
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    • 10:00 AM–4:00 PM
  • Mon
    • 7:00 AM–4:00 PM
  • Tue
    • 7:00 AM–3:00 PM
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  • visitPA

    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.

    visitPA · November 2, 2011
  • Visit Philly

    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

    Visit Philly · October 8, 2010
  • Allie I.

    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.

    Allie Ilagan · January 30, 2012
  • Heather H.

    Dinos! Visit the fossil lab in Dino Hall.

    Heather H. · July 28, 2010
  • Kimberly S.

    Head to the live butterfly exhibit where there are over 40 different species flying around.

    Kimberly S · September 25, 2010
  • Visit Philly

    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.

    Visit Philly · December 12, 2011
  • PHL Science Fest

    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

    PHL Science Fest · February 21, 2011
  • Darrel H.

    Check out the live beehive in the Outside-in room.

    Darrel Herbst · August 26, 2009
  • Brian S.

    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.

    Brian Searl · October 17, 2010
  • Museum Without Walls

    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.

    Museum Without Walls · November 9, 2011
  • Katie C.

    Come see Creatures of the Abyss before it closes on September 6!

    Katie Clark · August 23, 2010
  • Patrick R.

    Check out the adult programs that happen here. Mega Bad Movie nights, panel discussions, exhibits and exhibitions just to name a few.

    Patrick Rosenbaum · April 7, 2013
  • Stephen W.

    DragonCard holder? Show your card and get in for free!

    Stephen Weber · May 15, 2012
  • David R.

    Kids will enjoy digging for bones.

    David Reich-Hale · April 12, 2012
  • Rachel M.

    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.

    Rachel Mercer · February 13, 2012
  • Marie B.

    Bring the kids! They'll love the dinosaurs and butterflies!

    Marie B · November 5, 2011
  • K12 Inc

    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

    K12 Inc · June 16, 2011
  • Rocky C.

    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!

    Rocky Cooper · September 20, 2013
  • Adria L.

    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...

    Adria L-S · May 25, 2013
  • Ms.Rae G.

    It was a nice adventure.. Got 2 c a lot of different animals..Snakes,,Turtles Iguana... My niece loves it..

    Ms.Rae Grady · November 10, 2012
  • betsy von awesome

    Where T Rex is, is the oldest part of the musuem... Built in1876 for the centennial

    betsy von awesome · March 16, 2012
  • Ryan M.

    Ride the puma!

    Ryan McKenna · November 12, 2011
  • Heather D.

    The Bizarre Beasts temporary exhibit is incredible. You should not miss it!

    Heather Drew · March 31, 2011
  • Lataeya C.

    It's the best museum in the entire world. Their dinosaur exhibit is awesome and the live animal collection is very exciting.

    Lataeya Carr · March 1, 2014

    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

    USA TODAY · August 12, 2013
  • Tina D.

    My kids need all the knowledge that they can get

    Tina Davis · May 31, 2013
  • Adria L.

    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-S · May 25, 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

    ISEPTAPHILLY · May 21, 2013
  • Allie Jac C.

    The butterflies exhibit is always my favorite part!

    Allie Jac Clara · February 5, 2013
  • Audubon Society

    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!

    Audubon Society · July 22, 2011
  • Teresa W.

    check out the butterfly exhibit!

    Teresa W · July 5, 2011
  • Laura D.

    Talk so sam, in dinosaur area, super interesting!!

    Laura Dwornik · May 14, 2011
  • Mary M.

    Check out "We Wrote the Book!" on the second floor next to the library!

    Mary Maier · January 11, 2011
  • Patrick G.

    Groupon special today!

    Patrick Gidich · November 26, 2010
  • Jamile S.

    Great place for kids on rainy days! The third floor is great when you are tired but the kids arent! Just let them run around and have fun with the real rabbit they have there!

    Jamile Schmelzer · December 3, 2014
  • Muneera A.


    Muneera AlBader · August 30, 2014
  • Leonard H.

    Small collection can be comfortably seen in half a day.

    Leonard Hanson · August 24, 2014
  • Veronica ● L.

    This place is awesome for kids and adults alike!!

    Veronica ● Lynn · August 7, 2014
  • Karly

    Come to the dark side- the collections space is where all the cool kids hang out

    Karly · May 15, 2014
  • Charles P.

    Watch your step in the butterfly room.

    Charles Prescott · March 21, 2014
  • Samantha L.

    Should come here for a visit! Specially, come and see the live butterfly flying all over you! And of course the roaring dinosaurs!! Haha

    Samantha Lo · February 24, 2014
  • Danny B.

    The butterfly room is really amazing, but hot (80°)

    Danny Bauder · February 15, 2014
  • Brenda Sue S.

    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!

    Brenda Sue S. · September 25, 2013
  • Stanley Z.

    It is a nice place for kids. Go to the butterfly show!

    Stanley Zhang · April 21, 2013
  • 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

  • Concierge

    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!

    Concierge · May 21, 2012
  • Visit Philly

    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

    Visit Philly · May 1, 2012
  • Ashley H.

    Go to the outside in exhibit early. They start taking in the animals well before 4.

    Ashley Hietpas · April 18, 2012
  • Ashley H.

    Be prepared to deal with hordes of loud and unruly children.

    Ashley Hietpas · April 18, 2012
  • Vito T.

    Buy your ticket online ahead time.

    Vito Telischak · February 18, 2012

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