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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Neighbourhood: City Center West
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  • 19th St • 6 min walk
  • 22nd St • 8 min walk
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4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles404 reviews
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Sean G
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Hands down, best place in Philadelphia to teach your children about the effectiveness of signage. Please do not enter the pond.
Written 23 January 2024
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dustythoughts
Manchester, CT2,143 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 4 November 2023
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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full size reproductions of several dinosaur skeletons look pretty good, but the museum in general is very small, dusty, outdated, and rather boring for an adult visitor. 20–30 minutes are enough to see the whole thing.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 12 June 2023
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Justin O
Newport News, VA22 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 9 April 2023
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Linda P
Ballston Spa, NY409 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Small enough the kids won't burn out- everything a natural sciences museum should have from dino. bones, dioramas from around the world, hands on dig, and top floor current display of insects magnified, photographed and 6 feet tall.
Written 13 March 2023
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Maryann L
Fair Oaks, CA1,353 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 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 27 September 2022
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Chris M
Pocono Mountains Region, PA490 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 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 13 September 2022
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Kathleen S
20 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
If you love dinosaurs then you will adore this museum. The others floors had tons of stuffed animals and the higher you go the hotter it gets.
Written 21 July 2022
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nbell8
Collegeville, PA113 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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 10 April 2022
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K & L LeBoeuf
20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 16 September 2020
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