The Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia was founded in 1812 “for the encouragement and cultivation of the sciences, and the advancement of useful learning.” It is the most memorable experience to be had for a Science Museum in Philadelphia. The Academy wecolmes one and all including School Groups, Students, Families and Scouts. We having programming for one and all. The oldest natural sciences institution in the Western Hemisphere, the Academy was founded when the United States hugged the Atlantic coastline, and Philadelphia was the cultural, commercial, and scientific center of the new nation. Classic expeditions to explore the western wilderness, such as those led by Stephen Long and Ferdinand Hayden, were organized at the Academy. These explorers brought back new species of plants and animals, which were studied and catalogued; they formed the foundation of the Academy’s scientific collections which now contain over 17,000,000 specimens.
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Website: Academy of Natural Sciences
Science Museum 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:
Science Museum Hours
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 email@example.com.
Science Museum Group Sales Office hours are Monday–Friday, 9–5 pm.
Touch Tables – Enjoy a casual format where your guests come and go as they please. They will have the chance to ask questions of our expert naturalist as they meet a variety of live animals up close or personally investigate artifacts
Museum Pass for Educators
Educators can visit the Academy for free! Download the Educator Museum Pass for free admission (with appropriate ID) to the Academy.
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College and University Students
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Parents and Families
Whether it’s camp, field trips, birthday parties, or more, sign-up for enjoyable and memorable programs for families and children. You can also participate in family-friendly festivals and museum activities.
Birthday Parties at the Science Musuem
With a T. rex that has celebrated millions of birthdays, the Academy really knows how to throw a party! Celebrate your child’s special day with dinosaurs, butterflies, hands-on activities, and personalized attention from our staff. What better way to bring in your childs birthday then at a Science Museum.
Our Birthday Parties…
- Are for children ages 3 and up
- Are 2 hours long
- Are available at 10:30 am or 2:00 pm on Saturdays or Sundays
- Include free admission to the museum
Family Field Trips and Workshops at the Science Museum
The Academy invites you and your family to share in one or more of fun and educational field trips and workshops that are held on selected weekends throughout the year. They are designed for children ages seven and up.
For more information about the programs, contact Hollie Barattolo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Experience the Academy After Dark. Enjoy interactive activities and meet some of our live animals—all with the guidance of the Academy’s experienced naturalists! Break to socialize and enjoy refreshments and snacks. Sleep next to lions, tigers, or Tyrannosaurus rex. Awake to a light breakfast and more exploration. Each child receives a participation patch.
Tiny Tot Explorers
Young children and their favorite adults can join us in exploring nature through games, crafts, songs, and museum lorations. Tiny Tots Explorers (ages 3–4) meet from 10–11 am on Wednesday mornings in Outside In. We will provide an appropriate snack.
You may register for a single session or the entire series. Session size is limited to ten adult/child pairs.
Festivals and Events
The Academy of Natural Sciences hosts a wide variety of Events and Festivals through out the year. Click the Link below to see what is happening at the Science Museum in Philadelphia.
School & Summer Camp Group Field Trips
School Group & Summer Camp Group Trips
(All Grade levels)
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.
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.
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.
$30 for 10-30 students or
$55 for 31-60 students Reservations required
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.
The Academy is a terrific place for Scouts! We offer exciting activity days, popular Safari Overnight sleepovers, and interactive daytime workshops designed to help scouts earn badges. In addition to scheduled programs, private workshops can be scheduled for scout groups of 20–30, and private overnights can be arranged for groups of 100–300. Check out specific programs below. We look forward to seeing you at the Academy!
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