Academy of Natural Sciences

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.

School Group Trips (All Grade levels)

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 Discovery Lessons:

Participate in an in-depth investigation of the natural sciences. Through these interactive classroom experiences, your students will develop important scientific skills, from making observations to designing experiments and interpreting data. Please note that Discovery Lessons can only be booked Tuesdays through Fridays.

All lessons have been developed to meet Educational Standards, including Pennsylvania State Standards, New Jersey Core Curriculum Standards, and Philadelphia Core Curriculum Grade Levels.

We offer a variety of Discovery Lessons for grades Pre-K–23–6, and 7–12.

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is an approved entity for the School District of Philadelphia. The paperwork is on file with the School District of Philadelphia Risk Management Office.

Self Guided Visits:

Take your students on an exciting exploration of the natural world. Our three floors of exhibits, ranging from dinosaurs and dioramas to hands-on interactive stations, are sure to make your field trip to the Academy the highlight of the school year.

All Programs, Special Events and Permanent Exhibitions can be found clicking here!

Hands-on Programming

Outside In

Experience the outdoors—inside! A tortoise, rabbit, legless lizard, and hissing cockroach are just a few of the live animals that you might meet in our discovery center. Investigate different habitats, examine a real meteorite, search for fossil footprints, dig for shark teeth, watch a working beehive, and more!

Pre-K–4th Grade 
35 minutes

$40 for 10-30 students or

$75 for 31-60 students Reservations required

The Big Dig

Let’s go fossil hunting! Become a field paleontologist and dig for dinosaur fossils in a setting straight out of the badlands. Academy educators teach you how to use the tools of the trade, supervise the digging, and help identify fossil finds.

Pre-K–5th Grade

20 minutes

$30 for 10-30 students or

$55 for 31-60 students Reservations required

To Register for Any of these Programs please click here


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Academy on the Go

Transform your classroom, auditorium, or fair  into an unforgettable natural science experience! Academy On-the-Go brings the excitement of a museum visit—complete with specimens, live animals, and expert naturalists—right to you.

Our structured lesson programs can be reserved for large or small groups and can be tailored to your age group or customized to your particular needs.

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General Admission

  • Adults (age 13 and above): $15.00
  • Children (age 3 through 12): $13.00
  • Children (under age 3): free
  • Seniors (age 65+): $13.00
  • Military & Students (with ID): $13.00
  • Drexel ID Holders: free

Butterflies! and special exhibits are included with general admission.

Hours of Operation:

 10 am–4:30 pm, Monday–Friday

10 am–5 pm, Weekends and Holidays

Groups Get a Break

A discounted general admission rate of $10 per person is available for groups of 10 or more with 72 hours advance notice.

To schedule your group visit, please contact the Group Sales Office at 215-299-1060 or

Group Sales Office hours are Monday–Friday, 9–5 pm.


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