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“Awesome exhibits”

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Founded in 1812, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is a leading natural history museum dedicated to advancing research, education, and public engagement in biodiversity and environmental science. Visitors can enjoy four floors of interactive permanent exhibits, come face-to-face with T. rex and other prehistoric creatures in Dinosaur Hall, take a stroll in a tropical garden in the live Butterflies! exhibit, and see live animals up close during our daily presentations.
Upper Darby, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“Awesome exhibits”
Reviewed March 7, 2014

I had the experience of a lifetime to learn all about dinosaurs. I was in time for the dinosaur exhibits that were at the Academy until March 30, 2014. Besides the attraction, many other sections of the museum included live butterflies from all over the world; walking into a climate controlled 86 degrees, butterflies going around in living in their replica native habitat. Step into a room before exiting to see if any clung to you before you left.
For the dinosaurs; the history, scale sized and some animated, you can't help but feel how it was in prehistoric times. The sounds they probably made, updated material on the structure of bones, the timeline all recent. Hands-on things to do, questions and answers for the whole family. Also life-size animals from bears to chipmunks in their environment. I found the museum staff to be very friendly and knowledgeable and very clean. Coat check are individual lockers-cost $.50; a cafeteria in lower level. An A+ and was not disappointed. Easy access to public transportation and location of museum. Across the way is the Franklin Institute; also a must see to visit.

Visited February 2014
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Baltimore, Maryland
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“Family Favorite Science Museum”
Reviewed March 6, 2014

The Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia is a favorite of our family. We first discovered the museum when we stayed at the Four Seasons at Logan Square. The museum is right next to the hotel. The museum is small enough to make it easy to explore everything without taking all day. Our families favorite place in the museum is the Live Animal Care Center. The center is home to many different animals that are being cared for because they aren't able to be released into the wild or that are in need of rehabilitation. There is an area where you can view some of the animals. Our children love to watch the parrots that live there! We have seen ducks, a coati, an otter, an iguana, and even an alligator! The animal caretakers are very friendly and helpful and have always been willing to take the time to answer my son's questions. The Academy is actually the oldest natural science research institution and museum in America. It was founded in 1812 by many leading naturalists. It is a wonderful treasure that should be explored.

Visited May 2013
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Reviewed February 20, 2014 via mobile

This is probably a better attraction for families with young children but for me it wasn't worth the time and money. The exhibits are tired, dusty, and in need of renovations.

Visited February 2014
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Needham MA
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“So much to do on the weekend”
Reviewed February 20, 2014

We loved the museum and all the hands on activities they had going (we visited on a Saturday). Staff was very friendly, and the museum had some really interesting exhibits.

Visited February 2014
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Tiny treasure”
Reviewed February 11, 2014 via mobile

This was a great day trip. To start off we ate at the cafe which had decent food and friendly staff. Next we went to the area with all the live animals and got to touch a tortoise. next we watched a presentation on a turkey vulture named Spirit, and headed to the little butterfly garden which is lovely. We saw the Dinos and the gifts hop we got lost in, it was so cool! Overall great experience. GREAT FOR KIDS

Visited February 2014
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