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- $24 for All-Access Tickets to the Museum and the Tarantulas Exhibit for Two ($45.90 value)
- $45 for All-Access Tickets to the Museum and the Tarantulas Exhibit for Four ($91.80 value)
At Tarantulas: Alive and Up Close, guests come face-to-face with a stunning array of live tarantulas—fangs and all. Visitors can play a guessing game and learn about speedy tarantulas that dwell in the highest treetops and others that live underground, only emerging under cover of darkness to ambush their prey. They can also discover why certain species prefer the desert and the rainforest, the role they may play in human medicine, and why they’re so hairy. Brave explorers can also check out a tarantula burrow, see live feedings, look at arthropods under a microscope, and dress up like an eight-legged beast to get your photo taken.
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. 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 a signature Dinosaur Hall. Guests 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 fossil dig, and opportunities to interact with science experts, Philadelphia’s natural history museum offers surprises for all ages.