1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA, United States

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is America’s oldest natural history museum and a world leader in biodiversity and environmental research. For 200 years, the Academy has explored the remarkable diversity of our natural world, sharing these discoveries with the public through extraordinary collections, innovative exhibits, educational programming, and publications.

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For College and University Students

Adult Classes and Field Studies at the Science Museum

The Academy’s experienced educators and renowned scientists share their knowledge through engaging classes and exciting field studies for adults! Participate in current research by accompanying our scientists on field studies to collect bugs, identify fossils, or wade knee-deep in a stream to catch fish. If you would rather stay inside, take an intimate class supplemented by the Academy’s collections, archives, specimens, or even live animals!

  • Adult Classes are typically held at the Academy. We will provide details regarding the location of the classroom and what to bring to class in a confirmation letter upon registration.
  • Adult Field Studies are held off-site, and the location is based on each individual program. Transportation is not provided, so participants can arrive and depart at their own convenience. We will provide details on the study location, what to bring, how to dress, and essential contact information in a confirmation letter upon registration.

For More Information on their Adult classes and Field Studies click here

Lectures and Talks

The Academy regularly hosts distinguished lecturers, scientists, artists, and authors to speak. Hear prominent experts in their fields discuss topics ranging from natural history and general science to wildlife art and sustainability.

For More Information on their Lectures and talks and when happening click here

Mega-Bad Movie Night

Join us at the Academy after hours to watch some “awesomely awful” movies. The Academy’s own experts will be onstage to comment on the many scientific absurdities—think Mystery Science Theater 3000! In addition to the movie, Mega-Bad Movie Nights feature beer and food, a sampling of the Academy’s specimens and the opportunity to wander among the exhibits. You must be 18+ years of age to attend this event and 21+ to drink.

For more information on their Mega-Bad Movie Night Click here

Science on Tap

Science on Tap is a monthly science café in Philadelphia for anyone who is interested in getting together with other people to discuss a range of engaging science topics. It’s held at National Mechanics, a relaxed, convivial bar in Old City, and features a brief, informal presentation by a scientist or other expert followed by lively conversation. Science on Tap is held on the second Monday of every month at 6 pm. This program is for people age 21 or older, but folks under 21 can come with a chaperone who is older than 25.

For more information Science on Tap Click Here

Outside Clubs and Societies

The Academy has a long association with local clubs and societies interested in the natural world. Many of these groups conduct field trips and hold regular meetings that often feature guest speakers. Some also engage in conservation and educational projects or the sponsorship of young scientists. All of the groups presented here welcome you, whether you’re an amateur, a student, or a professional.

Click here to see all outside Clubs and Societies


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30 Plant Street, Ogdensburg, NJ, United States

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Mineralogy & Mining Education

The Sterling Hill Mining Museum is dedicated to educating teachers and their students about natural resource issues, with particular reference to the State of New Jersey.

Our education programs explore such topics as the geology and mineralogy of New Jersey, our nonrenewable resources (metals, nonmetals, and fuels), how those resources have been extracted and used over time, and, in a global sense, how our present lives are shaped by the materials available to us. We work within the broad fields of the STEM core subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), which we often explore not only in their current but also historical contexts.

All of our educational offerings are aligned with New Jersey core curriculum standards and are designed to be implemented by teachers within the context of their existing school curriculum.

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Education: College-Level Instruction

Sterling Hill has long been a destination of choice for universities interested in introducing their students to concepts of geology, ore deposit formation, mineralogy, and industrial process technology through field trips. For decades that function was filled by the New Jersey Zinc Company, operators of the Sterling Hill mine until its closure in 1986.

We continue that tradition by offering the following, either singly or in any desired combination:

  • Underground and surface field instruction at Sterling Hill
  • Lectures and seminars
  • Mineral collecting opportunities, including nighttime collecting for fluorescent minerals
  • Off-site field trips to other localities nearby

In addition, our three Ph.D. geologists can offer local expertise on a variety of research topics, including technical support of thesis research at the baccalaureate and advanced degree levels. We regularly cooperate with university professors and their students on aspects of the local mineralogy and geology, and are eager to see more studies done in the area to continue the flow of knowledge. More remains to be learned than is known thus far.

College groups interested in field trips to Sterling Hill are encouraged to contact Dr. Earl Verbeek at, or by phone at 973-209-7212, to discuss their plans and obtain a price quote. Prices depend on the combination of services desired and the length of time required, but as a rough guide, count on $20 per student for an all-day tour, plus $5 admission fee and $1.50/lb if mineral collecting at Sterling Hill is to be added. Off-site field trips will be slightly more expensive, as will lectures and seminars due to preparation time. Research support is generally offered gratis as long as the results are intended for publication.

Campgrounds are available nearby for groups wishing to spend more than one day in the area, and the town of Franklin, only 2.5 miles distant, offers a full complement of fast-food restaurants for inexpensive dinner fare.


Take a Video Tour

Overview of the Sterling Hill Mining Museum

Mineral Collecting


Fossil Discovery Center

Rock Discovery Center

Ellis Astronomical Observatory


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301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA, United States

Now in its 134th season, the Boston Symphony Orchestra gave its inaugural concert on October 22, 1881, and has continued to uphold the vision of its founder, the businessman, philanthropist, Civil War veteran, and amateur musician Henry Lee Higginson, for well over a century. The Boston Symphony Orchestra has performed throughout the United States, as well as in Europe, Japan, Hong Kong, South America, and China; in addition, it reaches audiences numbering in the millions through its performances on radio, television, and recordings.

The BSO’S 2012-13 Season continues the orchestra’s extraordinary 132-year tradition of presenting the very best of the classical music world by spotlighting the virtuosic talents of BSO Musicians along with an internationally acclaimed roster of conductors and guest soloists.


Purchase a BSO College Card for $25 and attend available BSO concerts at no additional cost.

BUY BSO College Card 

Register your card to receive text and/or email notification of ticket availability and special offers. Check back often to see College Card black-out dates and up-to-the-moment ticket availability. Tickets may be picked up on a first-come, first-served basis, at the BSO Box Office at Symphony Hall (301 Mass. Ave) beginning on the Monday of the week of the concert date. Tickets will not be available for pick-up after 7:30pm on the night of the concert. One ticket per concert per college card holder will be given with a valid student I.D.

Visit the College Card Registration Page

Click here to register for email alerts or text alerts about upcoming College Card performances. Typically each Monday of the week, an alert notification is sent out displaying performance availability for that week.  This is the best way to learn which concerts will be made available to you.


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1601 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614, United States

Chicago History Museum

The Chicago History Museum stands at the crossroads of America’s past and its future. If you live in Chicago or visit here and are curious about the city’s past, present, and future, the Museum should be your first stop.

Your History Lives Here

The Chicago History Museum cares for, showcases, and interprets millions of authentic pieces of Chicago and U.S. history. Our ability to illuminate the past is a reminder of what really happened once upon a time, sheds light on the present, and compellingly informs the future.

We invite you to engage with our stories and make history yourself.

College Group Trips: Chicago History Museum

See it. Hear it.  Walk it. Ride it.

Whatever method suites your group best, We have great tours that will bring you closer to Chicago and its fascinating stories.

Tours are available for groups of adults ages 18 and up.

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Guided Exhibition Tours

See Chicago’s past and present from new perspectives with guided or self-guided tours.

Highlights of Chicago

Discover the city’s vast and colorful history on a tour of our permanent exhibition,Chicago: Crossroads of America.

Chicago’s World’s Fairs

Experience the grandeur of the magnificent White City of 1893 and the rainbow-colored oasis created in 1933.

Chicago’s Innovations

Learn about the city’s many innovations that have impacted American life, such as its renowned skyscrapers, modern retail practices, social reform and everyday products that have all shaped Chicago’s leading-city status.

Shalom Chicago

Explore the rich history of Chicago’s Jewish community and discover its lasting impact on the city.  From Maxwell Street and Lawndale to Hyde Park and suburban Skokie, Jews have helped shape the history of Chicago neighborhoods, religion, industry, labor, art and politics.

Group size: Minimum 10, maximum 50 people for permanent exhibitions, maximum varies for special exhibitions

Duration: 50–60 minutes

Cost: $14 adults, $13 seniors and students

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Curators Guided Tour

Get a first-hand account from one of our curators about his or her vision of a current exhibition’s scope and its development.

Group size: Minimum 10, maximum 25 people

Duration: 60 minutes

Cost: Call 312.799.2162 or e-mail

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Self-Guided Tour

Learn all about Chicago history as you stroll through the galleries at your own pace. Audio tours of Chicago: Crossroads of America are available for $2 per person.

Group size: Minimum 10, maximum 100 people

Duration: 2–4 hours

Cost: $11 adults, $9 seniors and students

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History Scavenger Hunt

How much do you know about Chicago? Test your knowledge with a scavenger hunt in the Museum. This tour is ideal for team-building or for a fun way to experience history.

Cost: $2 per person in addition to the self-guided tour fee

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America Goes Dry

Monday through Friday; 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

The idea to control the consumption of alcohol was developing for nearly a century before passage of an amendment to the Constitution.  So what went wrong?  How did an idea meant to improve not just people’s lives but people themselves instead spawn an epidemic of lawlessness and violence?

Cost: Call 312-799-2162 or e-mail

Group size: Minimum 10, maximum 55 people

Duration: 60 minutes

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Gangland Chicago

Monday through Friday; 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Take a photographic tour of Chicago in the Prohibition era. The lecture features a host of historic images from the Chicago History Museum’s collection to tell stories of the Prohibition era in Chicago, including the growth of the temperance movement, Chicago’s bootlegging industry, the rise of Al Capone’s empire and his eventual downfall. It’s all here in black and white (photographs).

Cost: Call 312-799-2162 or e-mail

Group size: Minimum 10, maximum 55 people

Duration: 45 minutes

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Monday through Friday; 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Explore the city by motor coach with your very own guide.

Must have own motor coach transportation with sound system and seating for guide. Minimum of 20 people per tour.

Cost: Call 312.799.2162 or e-mail us at

Duration: 2-3 hours

Best of Chicago

Experience Chicago’s best, including our breathtaking skyline, architectural treasures, Magnificent Mile, theater and financial districts, and Millennium Park. This tour also available in Spanish.

Chicago’s Jewish Communities

The history of the Chicago Jewish communities began in the 1830s and by 1930 there were almost 300,000 Jews, almost 9 percent of Chicago’s population, living in Chicago.  Jewish history is one of arrival, growth, maturation, relocation, and dispersion.  Our tour of the Jewish communities includes various neighborhoods, religious, cultural, and charitable institutions.  Edward Mazur leads this bus tour of sites connected to the Chicago Jewish community.  Tours available Sunday through Thursday.

Chicago’s Ethnic Neighborhoods

Discover the city of neighborhoods and get a flavor for the richness of other cultures from Andersonville to Argyle Street, Chinatown to Greektown, and Little Italy to Lincoln Square, Bronzeville to Hyde Park and Southshore.

Devil in the White City

Imagine the grandeur of the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 depicted in Erik Larson’s best-selling book as you tour sites from the Midway Plaisance to the Wooded Isle.

Graceland Cemetery

Uncover old Chicago as you venture through one of the country’s most beautiful cemeteries.

Chicago Politics

As the 2012 presidential campaign begins to heat up learn more about the city where politics is one of the most important industries. From Lincoln to Obama, Chicago is a hotbed for the presidents, hosting more party conventions than any other city.  Politics and controversies at the local city and state levels will also be discussed during the tour.

The Wright Kind of History

Frank Lloyd Wright perfected his Prairie Style here in Chicago, but this famous craftsman was well-known for his ego and tragic personal life.  View some of the spectacular buildings that played a direct role in all areas of Wright’s Life.

Capone’s Chicago

Take a tour through the Roaring Twenties and explore Chicago’s gangster past. Revisit the “beer wars.” Ride through Al Capone’s neighborhood and see the place he called home. Witness the site of Chicago’s most infamous and still unsolved gangland murder. With guidance from the experts at the Chicago History Museum you’ll discover Chicago’s authentic gangland history.


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The Museum houses the largest costume collection in the world. Get an inside look at upcoming exhibitions, the storage vault and rarely-seen artifacts.

Available in Spring 2013

Group size: limited to smaller groups due to storage facilities. Minimum 10, maximum 12 people.

Duration: 40–60 minutes

Cost: Call 312.799.2162 or e-mail



May 1 through October 15

Tour the opulent mansions of the Gold Coast, or learn about Old Town’s colorful past.

Group size: Minimum 10, maximum 40 people

Duration:  90–120 minutes per neighborhood

Cost: $14 per person

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Gold Coast

See the opulent mansions and elegant townhouses of the city’s wealthiest neighborhood. Learn about the historic Astor Street district and the area’s most famous residents, including the McCormicks, Palmers, and Wrigleys.

Old Town

Explore the architecture of one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods. Founded by German immigrants in the 1800s, Old Town became a gathering place for hippies in the late 1960s. Today, it is a thriving artists’ haven, business district, and home to many young professionals.


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History of the Lake

Available June 1 through September 1

Cruise Lake Michigan and the Chicago River while you learn about the city.  Presented in partnership with Chicago  Line Cruises.  Presented in partnership with Chicago Line Cruises.   Private charter tours also available for groups of 20 to 200.

Group size: Minimum 20, maximum 100 people.

Duration: 90 minutes

Cost: Call 312-799-2162 or e-mail

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History Pub Crawl

Available this Spring!

Join us for a fun adventure in the city.  These tours take groups to four taverns and provide a unique perspective on Chicago history and the bars you visit.

Tours last approximately three hours and visit four taverns with 30 minutes spent at each bar. Drinks and food are not included in the price and are the sole responsibility of the client.  Due to the nature of the experience, tours must happen on Monday – Thursday afternoon/evenings or Saturday or Sunday afternoons (depending on sporting event schedules).  Participants must be 21 or older.  This tour only offered by trolley transportation.  4 weeks advance notice is required to book a tour.

Chicago’s Greatest Dives

Join us as we pour into some of Chicago’s best dive bars.  We’ll learn about the history behind each drinking den we visit and discover the history behind moonshine, bathtub gin, and other historic homemade concoctions.

Booze, Bars, and Bootlegging!  Prohibition Era Chicago

Find out what makes Chicago untouchable.   Get a taste of infamous speakeasies frequented by Chicago’s notorious gangsters like Capone, Moran, and Dillinger. On this trolley tour, learn how prohibition came to be, fascinating facts about the era, and how it ultimately shaped the city and its image.


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Group Visit Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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How do I purchase tickets for groups of 10 or more?

We ask that you fill out a group visit reservation form. This form is available to download, or by calling the adult groups manager at 312.799.2162. Forms can be returned by fax or mail. For a self-guided visit, reservations can be made up to 3 weeks in advance. For a guided experience, reservations must be made 6 weeks in advance.

Download the Group Visit Reservation form

What is the group rate?

Self-Guided Exhibition Tours: $11 for adults; $9 for seniors (65+) and college students

Guided Exhibition Tours: $14 for adults; $13 for seniors (65+) and college students

Neighborhood Walking Tours: $10 per person

History Boat Tour: call for pricing

Step-On Guides: call for pricing

Can I get the discount rate if I walk-in with a group?

No, if you want the discount rate you must make an advance reservation with the adult groups manager. Otherwise, the general admission rate will apply; $14 for adults and $12 for seniors and college students.

Do you offer on-site food service?

For groups of 10 or more, the North & Clark Café offers pre-ordered boxed lunches.

Download the Boxed Lunches menu (PDF, 52 KB)

What is included in the guided experience?

A guided tour includes a trained docent that will lead a 50 to 60 minute tour of the gallery of your choice. Our docents are trained by leading historians knowledgeable about the city’s rich history and built environment.

How long should I plan for my visit?

The average visit takes approximately 2 1/2 to 3 hours; longer if you are having lunch. Although there is seating throughout the museum, you can anticipate being on your feet for as long as fifty minutes and up to one hour while taking a tour.

How does our group check-in?

If arriving by bus, please pull up to the Clark Street entrance and proceed to the Visitor Center to check in with the receptionist. We recommend that your group remain on the bus while you handle any business transactions. There is a bus loading and unloading zone directly in front of the Museum, but this is not a parking zone. After your group enters the Museum, your driver must move to a designated bus-parking area. For more information on tour-bus parking, please call the Chicago Office of Tourism at 312.744.2400.

If arriving by car, parking is conveniently located one block north of the Museum at Clark and LaSalle Streets. Enter on Stockton Drive.

A complimentary coat check is located on the first floor. All large bags and backpacks must be checked. We suggest taking care of bathroom visits, coat check, and payment for your group, immediately upon arrival and before the orientation begins.

Can I take pictures?

Photography is allowed in the Chicago: Crossroads of America gallery and our public spaces and lobby areas. Please do not take pictures in our special exhibition galleries.

Where can I find lodging for my group?

To plan an overnight visit, please visit

Is the museum accessible?

All public spaces and most restrooms in the Museum are wheelchair accessible. A limited number of wheelchairs are available for visitor use; please give us advanced notice prior to your arrival if you require this service. A listening system is available on gallery tours. Please call 312.799.2162 for more information.


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525 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States

 Carpenters' Hall, The Constitutional Walking Tour, Independence National Historical Park, Group Tours of Historic Philadelphia

The Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia takes you on a walking journey through America’s most historic area – the birthplace of our nation. Step back in time to see where The Declaration of Independence and The United States Constitution were created. The Constitutional offers various types of tours:

The Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia is an outdoor walking journey that provides a primary overview of the Independence National Historical Park area and visits more than 20 of the most historic sites in America’s Birthplace including the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Franklin Court, Betsy Ross House and the National Constitution Center. To see the full tour map, click here.

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Philadelphia Constitutional Walking Tours for College Groups

The Constitutional Walking Tour, Independence National Historical Park, Tours of Historic Philadelphia

The Constitutional Walking Tour is perfect for domestic or international visitors alike. In Summer 2005, visitors from all 50 United States and more than 50 foreign countries took The Constitutional.

The Constitutional Guided Walking Tour is also great for team building, special events, and entertaining clients, as well as an ideal orientation event for summer associates, new hires, and relocating firms or employees.

Private and group tours can be arranged for almost anytime – weekday or weekend, day or evening. We can accommodate from 1 up to 300 walkers. We provide multiple in-house trained tour guides for an entertaining and informative tour. We work closely with each client to create the most enjoyable “Constitutional” experience possible.

Our tour guides are passionate historians and Philadelphians who hail from top academic institutions. They have been trained in our “Independence Immersion” curriculum focusing on Philadelphia’s history, tourist attractions, and sharing of best practices in terms of customer service, public speaking and storytelling. Our guides bring Philadelphia’s history alive.

We also offer:

  • Step-on Guides – Our professionally trained tour guides can provide tours on foot and on your motor coach or bus. We specialize in Historic Philadelphia, but we also provide tours of Philadelphia including the Philadelphia Art Museum area, South Street, America’s largest urban park – Fairmount Park, and more.
  • Multilingual Tour Guides – We offer tours in various foreign languages and can also help you find a translator
  • Spouse and Guest Programs – During meetings and conferences, we create spouse and guest itineraries and excursions in and around Philadelphia.
  • “This Date in History”– Create a memorable evening with that special someone as you embark on a private candlelit walking tour of historic Philadelphia and dinner for 2 in Philadelphia’s Old City.
  • Historical Treasure Hunts – We can create great team building experiences as you explore and learn about America’s Birthplace.
  • Destination Management – From providing Liberty Loot’s Authentic Philadelphia Gift Bags (featuring snacks, souvenirs and sightseeing information) to planning seasonal and theme parties to transportation management services and special events, we can serve all your needs with local presence in the market, both before and during your trip.


The Constitutional offers various types of tours:

Self Guided Tours

Guided Tours

Group Tours

VIP Tours

Audio Tours

Cell Phone Tours

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