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.