Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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At the Academy of Natural Sciences, you can wander among towering dinosaur skeletons. Explore ecosystems from around the world through our historic dioramas or be transported to the great outdoors through our hands-on discovery center for children. Visit our Special Exhibits Gallery for our newest exhibit, or watch scientists at work in Science Live or our Fossil Prep Lab.
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Neighborhood: City Center West
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  • 19th St • 6 min walk
  • 22nd St • 8 min walk
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nbell8
Collegeville, PA106 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
Visited with my 2 kids (twins almost 10 yo) and a friend I hadn’t seen for a while. We had visited a few years back before. I tried to spend most of the time talking to my friend and my kids could look at the exhibits themselves. There really are only 2 floors of things. After 3pm the tickets are only $10. I got there at 2:58pm and went up to the lady at the desk and she actually said: oh you need to wait 2 mins….’ I was like ‘really?!?’ So stood off to the side and saw other people also just hanging around til literally 3pm so we could use their tickets. I was thought that was pretty petty to make us all wait (especially with covid to have bunch of people clump in one little area).. I don’t get why letting people in 5 mins early is the end of days! Whatever.. my kids wandered around but they were done with the place in like an hour.. plus the gift shop closed before the museum so my daughter couldn’t shop when we finished (well before 5pm when the museum closed). For $10 a head I thought it was ok and was very glad I didn’t pay full price. The water exhibit was not super interesting and not much else was different from the last time we were here before covid. Don’t think I will come back here with my kids since they seem already bored by it. Not much changes exhibit wise.
Written April 10, 2022
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Chris M
Pocono Mountains Region, PA438 contributions
Sep 2022
If you can, run, don't walk, to catch the exhibit the museum has about the Delaware River and watersheds. It is top-notch Found the staff super helpful and friendly and the layout and displays very engaging. Fun place for kids.
Written September 13, 2022
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Maryann L
Fair Oaks, CA1,227 contributions
Sep 2022
On the day we visited there were many families and the children were having a wonderful time. There were staff members there to answer questions and explain the exhibits. At Outside In there is a discovery center that features hands-on science. Dinosaur Hall has more than 30 dinosaurs and other reptiles. You can watch a staff member prepare fossils in the Prep Lab. There are numerous Dioramas throughout the museum depicting wildlife from North America, Asia and Africa. All are well done. There is a cafe, gift shop and a fee for admission.
Written September 27, 2022
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Tom and Heather
Swedesboro, NJ840 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
My husband and I have not been here since we visited as elementary school students on a field trip. Flash forward three decades and it is another Philadelphia museum treasure.

We are thirsty for getting out on our day trips and was happy to see this museum open during this pandemic. There are a few things to keep in mind to that end:
1. You must wear a mask in the museum.
2. There are lots of reminders throughout to maintain social distancing.
3. The cafe and gift shop are not open yet. (I was very disappointed. The website did not mention this!)
4. You must buy tickets online. You may use your email to show purchase. You do not have to print them out.
5. The museum and especially restrooms are clean! They also put many hand sanitizer stations through the museum.
6. Part of the butterfly exhibit was closed.

The bottom line. We had a very nice day even with the limitations. They have a wildlife photography exhibit beginning in September so I will go back. I also love to but a souvenir and a book from gift shops so I will be back!

That aside I also I like to mention accessibility options. I have limited mobility and I require handicap parking and use a walker.

First, of you have a stroller, wheelchair, or walker you want to go in the 19th street e trance. We were able to find parking right in front of the door. Check website for varied pricing. Sunday’s are very reasonable.

The bathroom was such a good size I was able to go in with my walker. There were also lots of benches to sit on as we enjoyed the museum. I felt very well accommodated with my limited mobility.

This is a great stop for all ages. We spent over three hours there and would have been there much longer if those few things were not closed.
Written August 16, 2020
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K & L LeBoeuf
20 contributions
Jul 2020
My wife & I visited last July. We had to satisfy our kid desire to see dinosaurs, fossils, geodes & gemstones and this is a great place to do it. Great set-up for kids and educational for us adult children too - lots of wildlife displays.
Written September 16, 2020
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Stephanie M
Woodbury, NJ421 contributions
Jan 2020
Enjoyed a family morning outing at the Academy of Natural Sciences. The tickets were expensive buy my daughter really enjoyed the dinosaur and butterfly exhibits. As cool as the dioramas are, I do with there were less of those and more interactive experiences for bigger kids. Worth checking out once but not sure we'll go again unless they change things up.
Written February 21, 2020
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QuackerzDaTraveler
Philadelphia, PA231 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
Completely in love with the dinosaur and butterfly exhibit. The wild animals is pretty cool too. This is nice spot to take 3-6 years old on a rainy day! Staff was very friendly!
Written June 15, 2019
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Sheetal S
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India193 contributions
Mar 2019 • Solo
I spent around 1.5 hours here. The dinos here are cool.Meteorites can be touched.Nice games are available for kids. Butterfly section is cool and shows larva to butterfly transformation. Mystic creates gallery was additional cost and not worth.Many animals in their habitat dummies are kept.Egyptian mummy was also cool.
Written March 13, 2019
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Colin B
Cardiff, UK125 contributions
Oct 2013 • Couples
I have to confess that we only really went in to see the dinosaur exhibit, but the museum does indeed have more to it than that.

Our main talking point however, was not about dinosaurs, but how to make the animal displays, the dioramas. The time, detail and skill levels that go into each diorama in phenomenal. Well worth watching the video and sitting on the chairs provided.

The dinosaur animatronic exhibit was also good mind. I never realised that there were so many different species.

Well worth a visit if you're in the area.
Written November 11, 2013
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podrozniczka60
New Jersey14,579 contributions
Feb 2013 • Couples
The size of this museum is manageable, the contents interesting, the tradition of this museum quite rich. They just added a new dinosaur to the collection and dinosaurs are indeed the focus of the trip for many kids. For adults what may be interesting is the history of the dioramas many decades old but somehow amazingly not dated. There is quite a variety of artifacts including mummies, gems and stones, butterflies, some of the stuff almost random ( nothing wrong with that! ). It is not a museum for adults looking for science lesson of any kind or great experience. Take your kids or grandkids - they will learn and have fun. It is a great place for them.
Written February 2, 2013
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