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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Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
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
About
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.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Neighborhood: City Center West
How to get there
  • 19th St • 6 min walk
  • 22nd St • 8 min walk
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Chris M
Pocono Mountains Region, PA470 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, CA1,310 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Nelli F
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Several full size reproductions of several dinosaur skeletons look pretty good, but the museum in general is very small, dusty, outdated, and rather boring for an adult visitor. 20–30 minutes are enough to see the whole thing. Note that the butterfly exhibit mentioned in some reviews doesn't exist anymore, which was a huge disappointment for me. Really, there is absolutely no need to go there if you don't have kids under 10 or, rather, 7 with you. Visit the Franklin Institute instead.
Written June 12, 2023
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dustythoughts
Manchester, CT2,146 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
This small-ish science museum is a fun way to spend a couple of hours if you have the time. It's not as well-known as The Franklin Institute, but has some cool dinosaur skeletons and is very educational. They have an interesting exhibit right now on skin, both the science of it and its impacts on human cultures.
Written November 4, 2023
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Stephanie C
Sicklerville, NJ407 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Justin O
Newport News, VA23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
This was one of the highlights for my 5 and 6 year olds on our trip to Philly. They particularly enjoyed the hands on Outside In exhibits.

Great for adults too, I could have spent more time in the dinosaur hall.

Limited gift shop, we had some difficulty finding something for everyone.
Written April 9, 2023
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QuackerzDaTraveler
Philadelphia, PA248 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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), India204 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, UK106 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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 Jersey16,140 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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