The natural sciences focus on the phenomenon of the world around us, from geological epochs and fossil records to the steadily evolving wingspan of U.S. Presidents. Discover our curious universe with today's Groupon: for $6, you get one general-admission ticket (a $12 value) to the Academy of Natural Sciences, located in Logan Circle.
Since 1812, the Academy of Natural Sciences has cultivated a collection of more than 17 million cataloged natural-history specimens and has given visitors an extensive look into earth's natural phenomena. Examine the Academy's several intriguing special exhibits, including the whimsical trilobite-inspired illustrations in Cruisin’ the Fossil Freeway with Artist Ray Troll and Paleontologist Kirk Johnson (through January 2). Permanent exhibits include the vibrant tropical butterfly garden, the fascinating Live Animal Center, and the museum's popular Dinosaur Hall, featuring a 42-foot Tyrannosaurus rex that comes alive at night to scribe scholarly monographs critiquing his representation in modern cinema.
- A permanent display, Dinosaurs Galore features more than a dozen specimens, including a huge Tyrannosaurus rex with jaws agape. The Dig (weekends only) gives you an opportunity to dig for fossils in a re-created field station. – Frommer's
- For science lovers, naturalists, historians, and museum goers, this place caters to all… The changing exhibits are continually updated, but the permanent collections… and Butterflies! habitat are consistently maintained as well. – Pamelalynne R., Yelp
Academy of Natural Sciences
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 hands-on children's nature center, and nearly a hundred mollusk specimens. Guest can get face-to-face with towering dinosaurs, meet live animals, and explore a tropical garden filled with live butterflies. With interactive science exhibits from around the globe, a children’s discovery center, a fossil dig, and opportunities to interact with science experts, Philadelphia’s natural history museum offers surprises for all ages.
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