Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

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1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia Directions
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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!
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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,
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Even though my Grandson loved it, it would have been much better with inside out open...he was disappointed that he couldn't see the animals downstairs as well
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One of the best museums! Love the butterfly exhibit.
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Absolutely loved our first visit to the Academy of Natural Sciences! However, we did not get to take full advantage of the Groupon. Groupon failed to send us a receipt for the purchase or even a reminder that it was going to expire. We have been signed up on our account to receive both of these communications so we do not forget to use our Groupons and we have always gotten the reminders. We never got it with this one and the expiration date came and went. Was not happy with Groupon about this. So, a note of caution: regularly check your Groupon account on your own - do not ever rely on them to remind you or you could be stuck with something much more expensive than you anticipated!
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My 4yr old loved it. She was amazed by the huge dinosaurs and the butterfly room.
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Staff was knowledgeable & answered all our questions.
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Absolutely marvelous butterfly exhibit...so many butterfiles that you need to be careful not to step on them! The current exhibit "GLOW" is fascinating. Many realistic wildlife displays, and of course, the T-rex skeleton which I remembered from my childhood. I can't wait to return with others to share the experience with them.
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My groupon expired. I didn't know it had an expiration date. So I had to pay the rest of the family fee.
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Awesome, fun day with the family!
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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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