Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103 Directions
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Report | a year ago
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!
Report | a year ago
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,
Report | a year ago
One of the best museums! Love the butterfly exhibit.
Report | 2 years ago
My 4yr old loved it. She was amazed by the huge dinosaurs and the butterfly room.
Report | 2 years ago
Staff was knowledgeable & answered all our questions.
Report | 2 years ago
Awesome, fun day with the family!
Report | 2 years ago
We love how kid friendly everything is. My whole family enjoyed this. I wish they they would give discounts on local parking though.
Report | 2 years ago
Enjoyed the day with my family. Something to do for all ages. The 2 yr old twins were able to get involved with the fossils. Worth the trip and wish they could expand the building
Report | 2 years ago
Please offer this again next year.
Report | 2 years ago
Our family LOVES it here! We've had family outings, Birthday parties and lots of fun there! Thanks so much!
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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.

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