Without science, humans would never have conquered space or turned Atlantis into the world’s largest water park. Salute scientific accomplishments with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $25 for a one-year Individual membership (a $50 value)
- $42 for a one-year Family membership (an $89 value). The Family membership includes two adults and up to five children younger than 18 from the same household, or up to five grandchildren younger than 18.
Members receive benefits including year-round admission to the academy, special access to collections, and discounts on workshops, merchandise, and events.
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
By most people’s standards, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is old — founded in 1812, it’s the oldest natural sciences institution in the Western Hemisphere. But the Academy is a baby compared to the specimens it houses, some of which date back more than 350 million years.
Explorers Stephen Long and Ferdinand Hayden’s series of western wilderness expeditions formed the foundation of the Academy's 18-million-item collection, which it began displaying to the public in 1828. Over the subsequent 60 years, the Academy grew to three times its original size through donations, museum purchases, and daily doses of multivitamins. Now situated at 19th and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Academy houses more than 35 dioramas of plants and animals collected during global wildlife expeditions, a live animal center with ceiling-to-floor observation windows, and nearly a hundred mollusk specimens. A tropical garden hosts live butterflies from around the world, while Dinosaur Hall contains skeletal mounts of more than 30 Mesozoic species, including a 42-foot-long T. rex.
There are programs for children and lively activities for adults. The scientists and explorers on the staff mingle with visitors periodically to explacarryall12, TripAdvisor, 12/11/12
I loved seeing and learning about the true-to-size animals in replicas of their natural habitats. The dinosaur exhibit is also greatSarah B., Yelp, 1/19/12
“Not too big, not too small. Just right for a rainy Sunday afternoon outing with kids! Really enjoyed the dino displays (permanent collection), special dino exhibit,...”
“Not too big, not too small. Just right for a rainy Sunday afternoon outing with kids! Really enjoyed the dino displays (permanent collection), special dino exhibit, and the wild animal dioramas. If you don't mind walking five or six blocks, there was free Sunday parking to be had at a nearby lot. Great afternoon all around!”
“Yes! The dinosaurs exhibition is absolutely fantastic for all ages, my four years old grandson was fascinated when he saw the dinosaurs move and heard them roar. ...”
“Yes! The dinosaurs exhibition is absolutely fantastic for all ages, my four years old grandson was fascinated when he saw the dinosaurs move and heard them roar. The butterfly garden is great, the three and under area is much bigger than what it was years ago, when I taught preschoolers in Philadelphia. The whole experience is wonderful,”
“One of the best museums! Love the butterfly exhibit. ”
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103