Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

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Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
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Natural History Museums • Science Museums
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
At the Academy of Natural Sciences, you can wander among towering dinosaur skeletons or discover an indoor tropical butterfly garden. 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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2-3 hours
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Address
Neighborhood: City Center West
How to get there
  • 19th St • 6 min walk
  • 22nd St • 8 min walk
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K & L LeBoeuf
20 contributions
Interesting Stop
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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Tom and Heather
Swedesboro, NJ825 contributions
Fascinating Local Scientific History
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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Stephanie M
Woodbury, NJ421 contributions
Museum of Natural Sciences
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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traveler5005
NJ119 contributions
Here for the warren miller movie
Nov 2019 • Friends
Interesting museum. Worth checking out from time to time. Interesting event space. Check it out if you are in the area.
Written November 2, 2019
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flumencaeruleum
Wayne, PA40 contributions
Neat!
Sep 2019
This museum has a lot of great exhibits and is not too large. They have huge dinosaur skeletons, a variety of well-made dioramas, and a butterfly room where the butterflies wiz past you or sometimes land on you! They have some live animals and insects in cages, too. For kids, there are interactive sections and plenty of photo opportunities. We caught the Meet the Animals show, which was great for kids and adults alike. You can see it all in about three hours, which I appreciated because I got to see a lot of different types of animals without having to spend an entire day there, rushing through the rooms, or feeling like I had to make another visit.
Written September 30, 2019
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Edward L
Little River, SC402 contributions
White Coat Ceremony
Sep 2019 • Family
We were looking for something else to do after visiting the Reading Terminal Market. The nice thing is it was Museum Weekend so it was free to get in. Now I have been spoiled going to the Smithsonian Museums in DC. Even the one in Pittsburgh, I think is bigger and better. So if it’s free take advantage.
Written September 21, 2019
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Andrew L
Leigh, UK3,193 contributions
Wouldn't pay
Sep 2019 • Solo
This is pricey ! Some good dinosaur exhibits on the ground floor but I don't think they justify the entry price. They wanted extra money for a further exhibit upstairs. No thanks. Lovely building - some amazing touches eg door handles crafted after pelican skulls. Great shop - bought some taco stegosaurus socks for my eldest !!
Written September 17, 2019
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Tiffany
Reading, PA12 contributions
Good family fun, very pricey
Sep 2019 • Family
This museum is full of really neat fossils and dioramas for those who prefer to see animals not in a zoo, 3/4 floors with the top floor being an interactive play area for kids. I’d give it 5 stars but the prices were very high, and the special exhibit is an added cost, for a family of 3 we broke the bank on parking and tickets. Remember pack food/snacks because the food area is run by teenagers on their cell phones and is very unkept and dirty. Good experience overall just breaking the bank to do it.
Written September 4, 2019
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adventix
Boston, MA1,072 contributions
Heaven for Dinosaurs lovers
Sep 2019 • Family
Lots of skeletons and dinosaur related items. Stuff for kids and adults. The 3rd floor has interactive area for kids where they can see, learn and touch different animals and insects.
Written September 4, 2019
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John379
West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA540 contributions
Enjoyed the Visit
Aug 2019
We always stop by the museum when bring friends or family into the city. It's not real big so it doesn't take up a lot of time. Some of the exhibits are a little dated so younger kids will get bored in certain areas.
Written September 1, 2019
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